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Shadowgraphs is a neo-psychedelic band from Portland, OR.

On the title track from its latest album, “Another Time”, this Portland-based rock band takes listeners on a soaring psychedelic trip complete with wailing guitars and hazy vocals. Shadowgraphs from Charlotte, NC, comprised of internationally known collage artist Bryan Olson and fellow German cosmonaut Charles Glade (Wils). Both ends met after being introduced through a mutual friend who thought the two shared similar musical interests. Bryan and Wils instantly sparked a connection and songs began to emerge. The two would experiment late nights with tape machines, sharing music and production ideas, and writing songs. After only four months of meeting, an EP titled “Return to Zero” was written and the band was officially born with Ethan Ricks on Bass and Cody Hare on Drums.

“The six-song release is a mesmerizing psychedelic overtaking in the vein of 13th floor Elevators and the golden age of enlightening psychedelic rock. The tracks blend together so stylishly it makes me want to drink spiked strawberry lemonades in the sunshine. “Moonchild” is one of those unattainably perfect nights where the groove is set by smart, steady rhythm and lights fizz around your head even (and especially) when your eyes are closed. “Return to Zero” is straightforward, bluesy and a completely distinctive sound.

Since Return to Zero, Shadowgraphs put out a two song EP titled “Midnight Tea” containing a Syd era Pink Floyd cover of “See Emily Play” along with an unreleased Kinks cover of “This Strange Effect.” The EP was featured on New Zealand music Blog “The Active Listener”.

Venomous Blossoms, Shadowgraphs follow-up 10 song LP, is finished and currently being pressed for Vinyl with an expected release date in April under the label Golden Brown out of Portland, OR. This LP was recorded all to 2” 24 track tape at Bryan’s home studio with the band,

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When faced with the cover art of BIG WILD‘s highly anticipated debut long-player “Superdream”, you’re immediately transported deep into the sublime. The cover is simultaneously inviting and ambiguous. It’s conceptually not overly complicated, but the delivery is sleek, refined and something totally ‘other’. It’s the perfect cover for a record like this, because the record could be described in exactly the same way.

The record takes the most euphoric moments of psychedelic rock, extrapolates them out of an analogue context and instead takes it in a digital direction, bringing the highs of psychedelia into the electronic realm. You wouldn’t be wrong in saying that this isn’t exactly a new concept – Tame Impala and Jagwar Ma have definitely already nailed a sound of this descriptor already. The difference is Big Wild is first and foremost a producer of electronic music. Rather than using electronic sounds to accentuate the psychedelic rock of artists like Tame Impala and Jagwar MaBig Wild‘s using his skills as an electronic musician to borrow elements of psychedelic rock and inject that into his music instead.

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The album is dotted with these specifically electronic moments, namely the glitchy trap of ‘Pale Blue Dot’ and the warped ‘Joypunks’, but it never specifically becomes an electronic album. ‘Maker’ pairs staccatoed, arpeggiated synths with harsh signal static and soaring vocals, whilst tracks like ‘She Makes Magic’ transform vocal lines into malleable electronic instruments that have been sequenced rather than sung.

The electronic elements of the record are juxtaposed with these tender guitar moments, like the delicate electric symphony of ‘Mopsy’s Interlude’, the half-time blues of ‘Awaken’ and the soft, plucked moments in ‘City Of Sound’. He’s enlisted a stellar cast of features to lend their hand for the record too, including Rationale and iDA HAWK, both notably exciting inclusions.

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Unbridled American Rock and Roll – steeped in the mythology of the legendary songwriters and the almighty groove. Biting cynicism, instant classics, rip-your-heart-out live energy, a willingness to swagger, shred hard, and live behind the beat.

After a busy 2015 that saw several festival appearances, an Alaska tour, and the release of a 7″ Vinyl, Balto has put the finishing touches on its next full length LP. Recorded over a two week period in rural Oregon, the album is a mind-bending coming of age for the band, from pensive, anxious minimalism to boozy, groovy swagger. Look for it in summer 2016.

“Balto’s new 7-inch, Call It by Its Name, is great… [it] could well be one of the best local records dropped this year.”.

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Balto:

Dan Sheron – Vocals, Guitars,
Luke Beckel – Guitars, Vocals, Pump Organ
Seth Mower – Drums, Vocals, Percussion
Devon Hoffner – Bass, Vocals

Adam Finger – Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Vocals
Philippe Bronchtein – JUNO, Rhodes

LP out 02/24/2017 via Total Reality Meltdown