Wednesday, March 21, 2018

BlackWater HolyLight premiere track via Paste Magazine from alt-tuned gloom, heavy psych, gothic drama debut on RidingEasy Records

"Flat out it’s one of the best heavy psych debut albums you’ll hear in 2018." -- The Obelisk

"This quartet has been burning up stages all around their hometown, fueled by their abrasive blend of doom metal, psych rock, goth and a tangy soupçon of pop music... They landed a spot on the 2018 Best New Band poll in alt-weekly Willamette Week, but could quickly take over the world." -- Paste Magazine

"They mesh elements of doom, Krautrock and atmospheric indie into one bewitching rock whole." --Classic Rock Magazine

Portland, OR quartet BlackWater HolyLight share a new track from their forthcoming self-titled debut album today via Paste Magazine. Hear and share "Willow" HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

The Obelisk recently launched "Wave of Conscience" HERE. (Direct YouTube.) The album's first single, "Sunrise" launched this winter, is available to hear and share via YouTube HERE

The notion of "heavy music" is continuing to expand of late, with many intrepid artists finding new ways to incorporate the power of traditional metal into new music, but without all of its trappings. Enter Portland, OR quartet BlackWater HolyLight to further swirl musical elements into a captivating hybrid of emotional intensity. Heavy psych riffs, gothic drama, folk-rock vibes, garage-sludge and soaring melodies all collide into a satisfying whole with as much contrast as the band's name itself. 

"I wanted to experiment with my own version of what felt 'heavy' both sonically and emotionally," says founder and vocalist/bassist Allison (Sunny) Faris. "I also wanted a band in which vulnerability of any form could be celebrated." BlackWater HolyLight -- Faris, guitarist/vocalist Laura Hopkins, drummer Cat Hoch and synth player Sarah Mckenna -- formed upon the breakup of Faris' longtime band and she sought a fresh start. "In my last band I was the only female in a group of 6, so I wanted to see how my song writing and vulnerability could glow taking the drivers seat and working with women."

The band's self-titled debut begins with a simple, almost grunge-like riff as a chorus of voices introduce a melodic line in call-and-response until the band kicks in, slowly building into crescendo like a lost outtake from Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy. Elsewhere, "Sunrise" begins with a chorus-drenched post-punk groove until a sonic boom of heavily distorted guitar skree erupts out of nowhere. Nearly as suddenly, the song returns to its lulling core, subtly building the tension until it ruptures completely in a blast of noise. Likewise, "Carry Her" establishes a dark, sparse melody and distinctly thin sounding drums not far removed from early work of The Cure. However, BlackWater HolyLight's penchant for surprise attack finds a sudden shift into a doom-like dirge, colored with eerie synth notes and pounding shards of fuzz. Throughout the album, their songs shirk traditional verse-chorus-verse structure in favor of fluid, serpentine compositions that move with commanding grace. The band expertly, yet subconsciously, incorporates hints of Chelsea Wolfe, Celebration, Captain Beefheart, The Raincoats, The Stooges, Pink Floyd, Jane's Addiction and more to form their unique brand of dark'n'heavy transcendence..

BlackWater HolyLight was recorded by Cameron Spies at Gold Brick Studios and The Greenhouse, and with Eric Crespo at Touch Tourcher Recording in Portland. The album will be available on LP, CD and download April 6th, 2018 via RidingEasy Records. Preorders are available for LP & CD at and digital at

03/24 Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival
04/12 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

Artist: BlackWater HolyLight
Album: BlackWater HolyLight
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: April 6th, 2018

01. Willow
02. Wave of Conscience
03. Babies
04. Paranoia
05. Sunrise
06. Slow Hole
07. Carry Her
08. Jizz Witch

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Shooting Guns premiere video 'Vampires of Industry' via Exclaim! Netflix hit 'WolfCop' composers & Juno Prize nominees' new album

"The instrumental psych-rock band knows how to choogle, burn and rip like Hawkwind thrown into the middle of a Mad Max set. That's why director Lowell Dean tapped Shooting Guns to score Wolfcop, a 2014 horror-comedy that's exactly as ridiculous/awesome as you think it is." -- NPR

"Heavy, droning, and trancelike, owing as much to Electric Wizard as it does early Pink Floyd, and their work in film is obvious once you listen to the cinematic nature of the song." -- Metal Insider

Canada's award-nominated psych 6-piece Shooting Guns premiere the official video for "Vampires of Industry" from their recently released album Flavour Country today via Exclaim! Watch and share "Vampires of Industry" directed by Parker Thiessen HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

The official video for album title track "Flavour Country" previously launched HERE. (Direct YouTube.) Hear & share the entire album via Bandcamp and YouTube (either link cleared for posting.) 

Shooting Guns is known (and oft-nominated) for their film soundtrack work, but Flavour Country is more like a collection of anthems for your jettison from this universe into the multiverse. 

While they're known for heavy and saturated sounds befitting crazed horror-comedy flicks like Netflix hit WolfCop, Flavour Country features some of the band's fastest, heaviest and most visceral material to date. Yet, it also features some of the band's most atmospheric sounds as well. 

At times there are slight hints of Ennio Morricone's Spaghetti Western twang amidst the looping Meddle-era Pink Floyd heavy psych and driving drone reminiscent of Bobby Beausoleil's belladonna laced soundtrack to Kenneth Anger's Lucifer Rising. But for the most part here, Shooting Guns is out for blood, regardless of tempo. 

Album opener "Ride Free" kicks off with a blistering wall of guitars blaring and rattling out of the gate like mutant progeny to fellow Canadian biker-rock heroes Steppenwolf having duly fired all of the guns, exploded into space and returned to hunt down every last one of us. It accelerates from there: "French Safe" sounds like an unhinged battalion of musicians driving full throttle like a scene from a George Miller Road Warrior movie. Biting, lengthier tracks like "Simian Shelf" and the title track occupy the heavy end of the psychedelic spectrum, haunting the foggy moor between early, bluesy Sabbath-styled doom riffery and heavy pulse-riding kraut-rock.

Flavour Country is the first album recorded by the band themselves at their own Pre-Rock Studios in Saskatoon, SK, located in the middle of the Canadian prairies. The album title's spelling is itself a nod to the band's Great White North homeland. The album was mastered by John McBain (ex-Monster Magnet, Carlton Melton), who also mastered the band's previous RidingEasy releases. 

Shooting Guns have toured over 60,000 miles across Canada over the past 7 years but have yet to tour Internationally, which will be a big focus for them after this release. They are touring their live score to F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu across Canada throughout 2017 and also just finished scoring the soundtrack to Another WolfCop (sequel to WolfCop), which is slated for a US theatrical release in September 2017. Their sophomore LP, Brotherhood of the Ram, released in 2013 through RidingEasy Records was nominated for the 2015 JUNO Metal/Hard Album of the Year as well as the Polaris Music Prize. Their debut LP, Born To Deal in Magic: 1952-1976, was also nominated for the Polaris Music Prize in 2012.

Flavour Country is available on LP, CD and download as of August 11th, 2017 via RidingEasy Records

Artist: Shooting Guns 
Album: Flavour Country 
Label: RidingEasy Records 
Release Date: August 11, 2017

01. Ride Free
02. French Safe
03. Beltwhip Snakecharmer 
04. Vampires of Industry 
05. Flavour Country
06. Black Leather Jacket 

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Death Wheelers share 'bikespoitation' themed new single via Metal Injection from upcoming RidingEasy debut album

"Sounds like it belongs in a scene out of Easy Rider.... Like what would be played during the epic bank robbery climax scene." -- Metal Injection

Canadian heavy rock instrumentalists The Death Wheelers share a new track from their forthcoming full length debut I Tread On Your Grave today via Metal Injection. Hear and share "Black Crack" HERE. (Direct YouTube.)

CvltNation recently shared the title track "I Tread On Your Grave" HERE.

Heavily inspired by the aesthetics and ethos of bikesploitation movies such as The Wild Angels, Werewolves on Wheels and Psychomania, The Death Wheelers seek to glorify this unsung era of movie making through their sordid sounds. Taking musical cues from rock's greats such as Davie Allan, The Cramps, Motörhead, The Stooges and Grand Funk Railroad, the Death Wheelers perpetrate the tradition of heaviness by making zero compromises when it comes to laying down the groove. Through their bare bone, stripped down, jammy approach of their very own brand of sleaze n' roll, this instrumental Canadian quartet pushes the listeners to their deepest, filthiest carnal/sexual desires. 

I Tread On Your Grave is more than just an album -- it's devised to serve like the soundtrack to a wild B-movie in your mind, following this truly awesome plot synopsis:

Decimated in 1972 by local authorities, all members of The Death Wheelers, a notorious motorcycle club, have been buried at the Surrey cemetery. But the time has come and they have risen for their last ride. They're back from the grave and they're hungry for blood! Nothing can stop this gang of living dead from recruiting new members as they travel coast to coast to find the filthiest, nastiest, trashiest individuals to join their ranks. Their goal, assemble a legion of 13 "discycles" (disciples+cycles) to seek revenge on the pigs that dismantled the club and send them to their graves. The cycle of violence continues...

Yes, please! Their debut LP, a sonic desecration dedicated to the dead, is an ode to the earlier days of rock 'n' roll when lust and danger were an integral part of the scene and culture. This violent offering of pure aural aggression, recorded full band with no bells and whistles or studio trickery, is a testament to what The Death Wheelers stand for: rawness and power. 

I Tread On Your Grave will be available on LP, CD and download on May 11th via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available at

Artist: The Death Wheelers
Album: I Tread On Your Grave
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: May 11th, 2018

01. I Tread On Your Grave
02. 13 Discycles
03. Roadkill
04. Sleazy Rider Returns
05. Deaf Wheelers
06. Black Crack
07. Moto Vampiro
08. Purple Wings
09. Backstabber
10. RIP (Last Rie)
11. Moby Dick 1

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Svvamp premiere first single via Paste Magazine from upcoming RidingEasy sophomore album

“A near-perfect debut record.” -- New Noise Magazine

“A pronounced influence from Pentagram’s First Daze Here as well as Blue Cheer, as though the last 45-plus years were melted away and the capital-letters Psychedelic Era begun anew.” -- The Obelisk

“Arguably the band of the year.” -- Doom Charts 

Jönköping, Sweden trio Svvamp announce their forthcoming sophomore album Svvamp 2 today, sharing the lead single via Paste Magazine. Hear and share "Queen" HERE. (Direct YouTube.) 

Svvamp’s self-titled debut was a breath of fresh air -- unpretentious and free, primordial homespun classic rock that landed in the Top 20 Albums of 2016 in the Doom Charts consortium of writers and radio. The most common remark being just how genuine and uncontrived it sounded, unlike most bands that posture and mimic the sounds of yesteryear.

So, it may be hard to grasp how fully realized the band sounds on Svvamp 2, while still sounding as laid back as their debut. Perhaps it can be partly attributed to Svvamp’s jump from self-recording on a 4-channel cassette deck to self-recording on a comparatively expansive SIX-channel system. That’s two whole more tracks to fill up, folks! The obvious comparison to the groundbreaking psychedelic albums of the late 60s, when artists began experimenting with studios moving from 4, to 8 to 16 tracks, is fitting here, too.

“On Svvamp 2 the sound is more raw in the sense that it’s stripped,” vocalist/ drummer Adam Johansson explains. “So the music is more bare. We make sure all of the instruments are treated equally, they all have their place in a song. Obviously, with 6-tracks now available we’ve had a bit of fun with that.”

Svvamp is three friends -- Johansson, Henrik Bjorklund and Erik Stahlgren, all of whom share lead vocal duties -- drawn together for the sake of jamming and a love of rock, folk and blues. Their resulting heavy psych sound bears hints of Cream, Eric Bell-era Thin Lizzy, CCR and Crazy Horse.

Svvamp 2 opens with a lightly plucked electric guitar line that Clapton would be proud to claim his own, before quickly launching into the heavy riff anthem “Queen”, echoing the bare chested bravado of Grand Funk Railroad. “Sunshine Street” is charmingly unapologetic garage pop reminiscent of Big Star. “The Wheel” is a hook-loaded bluesy rocker, while “How Sweet It Would Be” hearkens to the glazed zombie drive of Canned Heat’s “On The Road Again.” Elsewhere, “Alligator” brings on a showstopping stomp of dueling guitars, syncopated drums and wailing, distorted vocal howls to close out the proceedings with fitting aplomb.

“We definitely wanted to mix styles and genres, so the music stays interesting for the band, like the first record,” Johansson says. “Our approach is still fairly straightforward and live. And, all of us sharing lead vocal duties solidifies that the band consists of three equal members.”

Svvamp 2 will be available on LP, CD and download on June 8th, 2018 via RidingEasy Records. Preorders are available at

Artist: Svvamp
Album: Svvamp 2
Label: RidingEasy Records 
Release Date: June 8, 2016

01) Intro
02) Queen
03) The Wheel
04) Sunshine Street
05) How Sweet It Would Be 
06) Hillside
07) Surrender
08) Out Of Line
09) Blues Inside
10) Alligator 

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Russian quintet Aesthesys talk w/ Decibel Magazine about being outsiders, share new track from forthcoming album

"A lush and beautiful centerpiece to an epic and sprawling masterpiece of dramatic compositions with roots reaching back to the neoromantic works of Russian composer George Sviridov and other rich, dense harmonic textures." -- New Noise

"A welcome addition to the world of grandiose and magnanimous, yet emotionally dark, post-rock." -- Decibel

Moscow, Russia quintet Aesthesys share a new track from their forthcoming sophomore album Achromata today in an interview with Decibel Magazine. Hear and share "Melanocardia" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)

New Noise Magazine previously launched the album's first single, "Marea" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud and Bandcamp.)

Alongside the album's epic, dramatic tunes, the song titles also coincide with a fictional short story that accompanies the release. Read the full story HERE

Aesthesys is an instrumental outfit based in Moscow, Russia. Founded by Nik Koniwzski as a one-man project back in 2007, it has eventually evolved into an ensemble performing post-rock music with ambient and neoclassical influences by becoming a quartet in the end of 2011, with Eldar Ferzaliev, Dmitry Solopov and Arsentiy Karpov joining as guitarist, bassist and drummer. By early 2013 band expanded with Victor Krabovich joining as keyboardist. 

In the next years Aesthesys performed live across many European countries, including at the biggest post-rock festivals of Europe - dunk!festival (Belgium) and Astral (Russia), and shared the stage with such bands as God is an Astronaut, 65daysofstatic, Maybeshewill, And So I Watch You From Afar, Ef, sleepmakeswaves and many others. 

After the release of Ascendere in 2013, their further strive for experimentation eventually resulted in line-up changes, and with Sasha Coudray as a bassist and Nikita Sarukhanov as a drummer they started to work on the material for Achromata, expanding their touring geography with Asia after their solo China Tour in 2016. 

In recent years they have worked with Jamie Ward (Maybeshewill, Dark Dark Horse) and Ian Shepherd (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Deep Purple, King Crimson, Keane). 

The current lineup consists of Sasha Coudray (bass guitar), Artem Taganov (drums), Eldar Ferzaliev (guitar), Victor Krabovich (guitar, keyboards) and Nik Koniwzski (violin, keyboards, guitar). 

Achromata will be available to download on April 3rd, 2018. The LP vinyl version will be released later this summer in limited edition on Narshardaa Records. Pre-orders are available HERE

04/05 Moscow, Russia @ Gorod
04/07 St. Petersburg, Russia @ Fish Fabrique Nouvelle
04/21 Minsk, Belarus @ Brugge

Artist: Aesthesys
Album: Achromata
Label: Self-released
Release Date: April 3rd, 2018

01. Grauer Wald
02. Filis Aureis
03. Marea
04. Himmelbarn
05. Melanocardia
06. Sapatha
07. Apogeion
08. Eosfyllon

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

New track from 'Brown Acid: Sixth Trip' compilation of rare 60s-70s pre-metal singles drops at CvltNation

"So rare that diehard fuzz junkies say you'd have a better chance of winning the lottery than finding a physical 45 rpm single by one of the bands featured on their latest installment." -- Dangerous Minds

"Will do for hard rock, proto-metal and heavy psych what Nuggets did for garage rock, and bring it to a wider audience of collectors and music fans." -- The Guardian

The forthcoming latest edition of the popular compilation series of long-lost vintage 60s-70s proto-metal and stoner rock singles, Brown Acid: The Sixth Trip, is set for release on April 20, 2018. Hear & share a new track today via CvltNation, "Luvin', Huggin' & More" by Flight HERE(Direct YouTube.)

Paste Magazine recently premiered the first single, "No Parking" by Gold HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE) The series is curated by L.A. label RidingEasy Records and retailer/label Permanent Records. 

About Brown Acid: The Sixth Trip:

This time around we have 10 deep cuts from across the continental US of A and one from our neighbors up North. This Trip kicks off with an outrageous number from Gold out of San Francisco circa 1970. The band used to open their sets with this over-the-top frantic jammer which is absolutely mind-blowing and also leads one to believe that the only band that could've held a candle to Gold back in the day would've been the mighty Blue Cheer.

As we delve deeper into the depths, Canadians continue to prove that they could bang heads with the best of 'em!  Heat Exchange from Toronto released the rollicking ripper "Inferno" on the Yorkville label way back in 1968 and it's still thumping almost 50 years later! Missouri isn't a state that brought us a lot of heavy 45s, but there are a handful of outstanding tracks from the Show Me State, one of which is the funk-laced anthem "Give Me Time" by Backwood Memory from Kansas City. 

The longer we do this, the more we begin to believe that Youngstown, Ohio was the Hard Rock Mecca back in the day.  Travis is yet another Youngstown group that aimed to get asses out of seats and out in the streets.  "Lovin' You" is a groovy banger with a sultry riff originally released on the prolific Starshine Productions imprint. Six years prior to his Arcadian synth-funk novelty hit "Space Invaders" from 1980, Victor "Uncle Vic" Blecman took Flight into the studio with a list of relationship requirements.  Amongst which are his need for "Luvin', Huggin', & More", with emphasis on the "More" part if we're to believe the urgency with which he delivers this fist-pumper.

If you don't immediately recognize the Truth & Janey moniker, you need to get with it and familiarize yourself with their incredible 1976 LP No Rest For The Wicked. It's a proto-metal masterpiece that's been reissued on Rockadrome.  Released four years earlier than their debut LP, "Midnight Horseman" is a 45-only track backed with a cover of "Under My Thumb". Another Iowan group, West Minist'r, self-released three 45s between 1969 and 1975. They're all great in their own way, but "My Life" hit the crunchy sweet spot in '71 with vocals sounding like a fresh from primal scream therapy John Lennon over a zonked-out Hendrix groove. You can count on hearing more from West Minist'r on future Trips.

It's nearly impossible that Dayton, Ohio's Purgatory didn't seize the "Strange Days" and join "The Soft Parade" while "Waiting for the Sun".  And although "Polar Expedition" wears its influences on its sleeve, 1969 would have been at least a little worse off if the band hadn't self released this single. Johnny Barnes was definitely "smokin' that reefer" and "drinkin' that wine" when he released "Steel Rail Blues" in 1976. The label states that you could order a copy of this 45 for by sending $1 to a PO Box in Boston and it's the only record on the Brown Acid series that seems to be obtainable currently for about the same amount it was sold for over three decades ago. That said, it's doubtful that it will remain so cheap for much longer.

With a track as heavy as "Is There No Peace" it's easy to let the name of the label on this 45 slide.  In Chicago in 1970 PSLHRTZ seemed like as good a label name as any for the guys in Zendik to release this insane recording on. Halfway through the track you might be wondering to yourself, "How was this not a hit?", and then you hear the lyrics to the last bit of the song and understand. 

About the Brown Acid series:

Some of the best thrills of the Internet music revolution is the ability to find extremely rare music with great ease. But even with such vast archives to draw from, quite a lot of great songs have gone undiscovered for nearly half a century -- particularly in genres that lacked hifalutin arty pretense. Previously, only the most extremely dedicated and passionate record collectors had the stamina and prowess to hunt down long forgotten wonders in dusty record bins -- often hoarding them in private collections, or selling at ridiculous collector's prices. Legendary compilations like NuggetsPebbles, ad nauseum, have exhausted the mines of early garage rock and proto-punk, keeping alive a large cross-section of underground ephemera. However, few have delved into and expertly archived the wealth of proto-metal, pre-stoner rock tracks collected on Brown Acid: The Sixth Trip

Lance Barresi, co-owner of L.A./Chicago retailer Permanent Records has shown incredible persistence in tracking down a stellar collection of rare singles from the 60s and 70s for the growing compilation series. Partnered with Daniel Hall of RidingEasy Records, the two have assembled a selection of songs that's hard to believe have remained unheard for so long. 

"I essentially go through hell and high water just to find these records," Barresi says. "Once I find a record worthy of tracking, I begin the (sometimes) extremely arduous process of contacting the band members and encouraging them to take part. Daniel and I agree that licensing all the tracks we're using for
Brown Acid is best for everyone involved," rather than simply bootlegging the tracks. When all of the bands and labels haven't existed for 30-40 years or more, tracking down the creators gives all of these tunes a real second chance at success. 

"There's a long list of songs that we'd love to include," Barresi says. "But we just can't track the bands down. I like the idea that Brown Acid is getting so much attention, so people might reach out to us."

Brown Acid: The Sixth Trip will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download on April 20th, 2018 via RidingEasy Records. Pre-orders are available for digital (with immediate download of the first single) at Bandcamp, physical pre-orders at RidingEasy Records

Artist: Various Artists
Album: Brown Acid: The Sixth Trip 
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release Date: April 20, 2018

01. Gold "No Parking"
02. Heat Exchange "Inferno"
03. Travis "Lovin' You"
04. Enoch Smoky "It's Cruel"
05. Backwood Memory "Give Me Time"
06. Flight "Luvin, Huggin & More"
07. Truth & Janey "Midnight Horsemen"
08. West Minst'r "My Life"
09. Purgatory "Polar Expedition"
10. Johnny Barnes "Steele Rail Blues"
11. Zendik "Is There No Peace?"

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Elephant Parallax premiere hook-laden single via Metal Injection

"Has elements of Karnivool's love of delay pedals, the spastic stylings of The Mars Volta, and maybe a touch of the vocal work you'd heard in 3. So everything good about progressive rock, basically!" -- Metal Injection

The Elephant Parallax premiere the first single from their forthcoming EP Loam & Sky today via Metal Injection. Hear and share the hook-laden track "The Conscious" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud and Bandcamp.)

The Elephant Parallax is a heavy eclectic band native to Los Angeles. Its members include David Renteria on guitars, Stephen Charouhas on bass, and Paul Charouhas on drums. Vocals are shared by all members. 

Loam & Sky is the sonic exploration of earthly lows and divine highs, the microcosmic space of thoughts and dreams, devastating loss, love, and ability to evolve through time. A paradigm-shifting, range broadening release that leaps forward into new sonic spaces for The Elephant Parallax. It was recorded at L.A.'s legendary Ocean Way Recording (Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Tom Petty) which contributes to the massive and classic sound of the songs. 

David Renteria formed the concept for the band in 2007 as a musical symposium of united outcasts, and found Stephen and Paul to complete the group. The band started working on arranging complex and challenging material, with a frontiersman approach, where each member's influences and musical personalities were explored. The group completed a demo in late 2007 entitled Apes Who Looked Up followed by their debut album, the Elephant Parallax, released in 2010. The band's live performances showcase their diverse musicianship, intense energy, and raw passion forged and driven by sound, in full spectrum. 

Loam & Sky will be available on CD and download on May 11th, 2018. Pre-orders are available HERE

04/09 Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite 

Artist: The Elephant Parallax
Album: Loam & Sky
Label: Self-released
Release Date: May 11th, 2018

01. The Conscious
02. Star Stuff
03. Ohrei
04. Incenfeminalgia II

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