Premiere: Dúo del Sol – Never the Same River Twice

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This is something really unusual for Invisible Guy. I got a mail from Dúo del Sol, which is a classically trained duo consisting of Tom Farrell (Guitar) and Javier Orman (Violin). I must admit, I didn’t really see myself delving into the sphere of classical music, even though I like it. Anyway, these two gentlemen have a history of playing classical music after college, touring around the USA and winning awards for that. However, they felt like something was missing and Dúo del Sol, according to themselves – set them free of those bonds and added the thing that was missing. Instead of being locked into that dome, they broke free and set improvisation and creativity in the first room. LA Weekly have called them “avant-sonic acrobats“. Another thing that needs to be added, is that this particular album came out after an overwhelmingly successful Kickstarter-campaign. Without any words used, this first release; “hello Kaleidoscope” symbolizes just what they were missing earlier. It is a mixture of raw talent, being channeled into an open landscape of sound, breaking free from every little constraint and barrier that can or could be found. Over here at Invisible Guy, we were offered to premiere a track from their album. It’s a track that wasn’t meant to be on the record at first, but they included it anyway. The track is titled “Never the Same River Twice” and you can read for yourselves about the process behind it, from the band themselves:

“This is a track that almost didn’t make it. When we first started writing it, we were excited about the moods and harmonies, but soon after that we were stuck. One day we gave it space, made the phrases longer, let it breathe. And it came to life.

Now it’s one of our favorite songs to play (we use a loop station for performances, but recorded all the tracks separately at the studio for this album).”

Slowday Showcase [#7.2]: M Janet Mars and Human Shield!

2125351867-1This is the first time I’ve included classical music. In a sense, it’s not only classical music, but something different. Anyway, the man behind this project is M Janet Mars from Santiago, Chile. His Wagnerian influences and minimalist versus maximal approach, he’s versatile in what he does. He released a new album titled “Janet Jouissance” today, on the 23rd of February. I might say that I’ve listened to classical and even neo-classical at best, but I’ve never delved deeper into those particular spheres, with the exception being the last mentioned. Here we have calm strokes, here we have a sculpture of your heart. Everything is containable, reachable and even unmissable. With each of the instruments doing what they do best, in their different departments, meeting in the middle. It feels like I’m at the Opera again, having a blast and watching something heartening. Even though I’ve critiqued shows in the past, the music have never struck me as this does. Meet the tradition and the progression of scales, prancing around, holding each others hand. Like an elegant ballet, or a folk-inspired dance, it doesn’t matter. Mighty sounds are coming from the depths, carefully arranged to strike every note of your heart as you bleed out in mercy. Butterflies are coming through your body, you’re finally at peace with the music and the transcendental nature of it is simply astonishing. Also, the tone alone in some of the songs, suggest a jazzy experience that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Compromised by its elements, not roaming free, but instilling a classical feeling deep within your own soul. Currently, one of the more intriguing releases I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. I know that I say that about a lot of stuff, but this shook my ground in the right moment. There’s also something for everyone here, you can pluck out anything to your heart’s desire. Come forth, ye bold and brave, don’t stay alone and don’t walk astray. Everything will be put at your heart, together with the shy and the naive, breaking barriers in between. A little poetry cannot hurt, because it is developed within the realms of the magnificent M Janet Mars! Featuring tracks from “This is the Haunt” to “Dawn of the Haunt“. This was released on the non-profit label Mesmerize Savant.

4024917429-1Alright, it’s time for some brutality. For those of you who don’t know, Human Shield consists of ex-The Aftermath, Coke Bust, Sick Fix and current State Violence/Dealbreaker members. Well, that’s a hard line-up right there that you’d have trouble overcoming. Currently, they’ve released their first “DEMO 7¨“, which will be the particular release that I’ll be covering. At times it sounds like scandicore, but it’s got some of that interesting power violence touch among itself which makes the unbearable even more unbearable. Gritty, powerful, extreme – to the absolute core with shredding great accuracy. The vocals are an absolute horror to even encounter, which is meant in a good way, because it sounds even more brutal than much of the stuff that can be found in even more “extreme” genres, how one even could counter the extreme power violence etiquette, is the next question. One of the greater things about the vocals is that he reaches so deep and has a broad spectrum of total annihilation, which is bestowed upon us listeners. It also sounds great even though it’s down below in the mud and in the filth, which is a great thing when it comes to demos, because I’ve never been a fan of screechy and unsustainable tapes/vinyls. You can actually listen to this and keep your head intact, but it’s some of the most brutal stuff I’ve heard from that part of the world. D.C. seems to know where it is at and they do it with such a great vigor that I already convinced myself to buy a copy of this. What more can be said, really? I don’t like to go on for ages, but this is something you definitely should check out. Even though Showcase is something you should check out all-in-all, this is absolutely something I can recommend from the bottom of my murky heart. Featuring tracks from “” to “Let it Burn“. This has been released on the awesome label Cricket Cemetery.