Esperi // In a Moment, Emotion, Sentiment

Esperi // In a Moment, Emotion, Sentment - album review on NOVA MUSIC blog
Esperi – solo outfit of Chris James Marr – performing live

Esperi is the solo outfit of Scottish composer and multi-instrumentalist Chris James Marr. Back in 2012 he released In A Moment, Emotion, Sentiment, a remarkable album with a minimal and dreamy sound, yet at the same time rich in details and really eclectic.

Esperi makes a poignant, delicate music that could be called folk if it weren’t for the electronic loops and the myriad of instruments that mesh together to construct every song. There are so many ideas that goes into each track.

Every element is like a little tantalizing trick, pulled out of a toy box, layer upon layer. Time after time, track by track, Chris continually introduces new details to grip your attention.

All converge with Chris’ pleasant vocals and reassuring guitar. It’s all fused together, with no detail sounding superfluous or out of place. This album is a colorful rainbow over the sky, a little faded by the sunlight and perfectly blended into the landscape.

The mellow and gentle touch of Esperi‘s songs is deceptively, way more inspired and complex than you would expect. It’s an intimate, fervid dream.

Fans of artists such as Bon Iver, Iron and Wine, Mum will definitely connect with the vibes of this record!

Have a listen now to In A Moment, Emotion, Sentiment and find out more about Esperi gigs and discography:


on BandCamp [ here ]
on Facebook [ here ]


Giants // Giants

In 2011 Giants released their self-titled post-rock EP. It’s 4-tracks of brilliant instrumental melodies, which give us a dynamic sound.

Wide-ranging soundscapes transmit uplifting feelings, while drums and rhythmic guitars convey a straightforward and engaging musical message.

Check out Giants‘ music and listen to their EP on BandCamp [ here ].

TTNG // From 13.0.0.0.0 to *something new*

TTNG - This Town Needs Guns: Are they going to release a new album?
TTNG - This Town Needs Guns: Are they going to release a new album?

13.0.0.0.0 is the second album released in 2013 by TTNG, formerly known as This Town Needs Guns.

From 2008 to 2018 they have released 7 albums, 2 of wich acoustic, with a worldwide digital and physical distribution, also on vinyl.

On the last tour – N. American ‘Animals’ Tour part 2! [ link ] – which took place in the US from June to May, they performed on 13 different dates, from Seattle to Chicago, with stops in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

And now, as you can read down here – from their Facebook page – it looks like they’re working on something new:

TTNG‘s sound has a distinctive and remarkable line, a familiar watermark, that can guide you through an interesting, adventurous journey. Their music can challenge your expectations, album after album.

If you still don’t know This Town Needs Guns or have never listened to the TTNG‘s original sound, check the album 13.0.0.0.0 now, visit their Facebook page [ here ] and their official website [ here ].

Antillectual // Start From Scratch!

In 2010 Antillectual emerged from the colorful European punk rock scene with their album Start From Scratch!, probably one of the most original acts hailing from the old continent.

As this post from their Facebook page shows, a lot of people still consider this album to be their best!

This trio from Nijmegen, Netherlands plays a socially conscious, melodic blend of music, ranging from ‘90’s skate punk to ‘00’s emo and ‘10’s orgcore. Creating their own unique blend of stolen riffs and borrowed song titles, while carrying the torch of European punkrock.

With 12 albums released between 2006 and 2019, and dozens of live each year, the Antillectual are still churning out new material at great pace .

Check their discography on BandCamp [ here ] and listen to Start From Scratch!

.: Nova Music blog // August 2019

Free Floating Air Balloon // Let’s Feel Fine

Free Floating Air Balloon comes out with Let’s Feel Fine, a song with a well balanced mix, a fresh and contemporary sound, and a direct and pleasant tone.

People who like artists like Neil Young or Elliott Smith will think this song sounds somewhat familiar.

Its melody and lyrics intensely and sincerely convey the musical message of the song, which is easy to engage with.

Let’s Feel Fine is accompanied by a video, which has a fresh and humorous touch, bringing a different dimension to the song, but without distorting its meaning, which certainly is not comedic.

Check out the Free Floating Air Balloon‘s music and listen to Let’s Feel Fine on Youtube.

The Gaffer // Dancing Alone

The Gaffer // Dancing Alone – Cover

Dancing Alone, the first single from The Gaffer, is an emotional and touching piano ballad with catchy tunes.

Based in Edinburgh , The Gaffer is a singer and songwriter with a unique and enigmatic signature, whose music covers a broad spectrum of music genres and styles.

Dancing Alone is an heartfelt and authentic performance, which develops starting from a beautiful texture, where the central piano carries on along the song, layered by the artist’s passionate vocals.

With poetic lyrics made of mesmerizing words that will settle deep in the listener’s mind, this song will pushes you to think about the meaning hidden behind each phrase.

Follow The Gaffer on Facebook [ here ], to not miss the upcoming releases of this talented artist.

Listen now to Dancing Alone, already available on all major digital distribution platforms.

TW Walsh // Invincible Light

TW Walsh – songwriter, musician and engineer based in Boston, MA – is back with his brand new single Invincible Light, featuring Yuuki Matthews and Aaron Sterling.

This song draws the listener into it, with its radiant and colorful melodies and reverb-drenched vocals. It’s like a custom-made frame for a perfectly painted picture of sun-soaked summer horizons.

Invincible Light is available on all the main streaming platforms. Listen to it and don’t forget to follow this talented artist on BandCamp [ here ].

Subminimal // Microfluidics

Based somewhere in Iceland, in 2012 Subminimal released their second EP Microfluidics, an immersive mix of electronic, drum & bass and dubstep.

Behind the beautiful cover art by Tjörvi Óskarsson & Jóhann Ómarsson, lie 5 tracks for us to discover. Microfluidics is an interesting blend of experimental sounds, which provides dark atmospheres layered with electronic glitches clever drum patterns and earth-shaking basslines.

Find out more about Subminimal on BandCamp [ here ], and listen to Microfluidics to start to discover their music.

Icarus The Owl // Qualia

Icarus The Owl is a Blue Swan Records artist from Portland, OR. They are known for their frequent time signature changes and tap-guitar lines in what otherwise are catchy pop songs.

With 12 releases between 2012 and 2017, and a considerable number of live performances, they have built a name for themselves over the years.

Qualia is their first album, released in 2011. Here math rock meets emo and college rock in a fresh and original way. This is a catchy album, made of 4 well-written songs, with a great balance between inspiration and technique.

Check Icarus The Owl out on BandCamp [ here ] to discover their discography, for their special edition vynils, and listen to Qualia to discovery their music.

The Volume Settings Folder // Year I

The Volume Settings Folder is an ambient-drone-post-rock music project developed by guitarist M. Beckmann since 2011, based somewhere in the often-foggy countryside of north-eastern Italy.

With more than 8 hours of ambient experimental music, Year I is an immersive listening experience, which offers genuine and suggestive atmospheres.

After his first and never published before raw studies, this album is the fruit of M. Beckmann‘s first year of activity.

Find out more about this artist, and check out Year I, available on Bandcamp [ here ].

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