Remark – they are an alternative rock band from Moscow, Russia


Remark is an alternative rock band from Moscow, Russia. They are a 5 piece band with Yanas on vocals, Den on lead guitar, Ivan on bass Den Darky on rhythm guitar and Timi on drums.

Coming from Moscow, the alternative rock five-piece Remark has launched the first of in-studio performance videos for the song “Purple Haze,” which is a part of their recently launched EP Keep Running. The video is streaming via group’s YouTube channel; watch it here.https://youtu.be/nZp6MLM1by0

The four-track EP, called “Keep Running” is comprised of two author songs and two covers, including the group’s renditions of “Shout,” originally performed by Tears for Fears, and “Too Close” by Alex Clare.

Speaking about their vision that propelled the EP, guitarist Denis Novikov commented: “We tried to make something new, but also we understood that it must be within our genre. To be honest, we think that the musical industry is in stagnation and it has provoked us to create our personal sound which includes the classic rock elements and ideas. I will say, ‘Keep Running’ sounds like I want. I hear the echoes of my musical tastes in it, and I think the rest of the band will agree with me.”

The main idea behind the artwork, which was designed by Denis Rekun, is “moving on and searching yourself in music and life.”

About the two covers on the EP, Novikov says: “Songs ‘Too Close’ and ‘Shout’ are well known, so we decided to arrange them by our vision and sound. I hope that our covers will receive some feedbacks from listeners!”

Remark’s overall sound is close to bands like Soundgarden. Another thing I noticed is that they are Remarkably tight. (See what I did there)? Pun aside though, it is true.

The first song on this EP, titled “Comeback” is interesting in that it sounds like it ends in a bridge with time changes in the last minute and a half. It also happens to be my favorite song on the EP.

The second song is titled “Purple Haze” and if you think it is a cover of the Jimi Hendrix tune, you would be mistaken. This is a song the band wrote themselves and just happened to call it “Purple Haze”. Whether the Hendrix tune had any influence in that, I don’t know, but it also doesn’t matter. To me this song sounds like an extra hard sounding Segment. (Segment is a Czech/Russian alternative rock band I saw on a talent show and they are now pretty successful too. I need to get their stuff in for review). The bass line on this tune is strong, but not overpowering in the mix.

The third song is one of two covers mentioned above, “Shout” by Tears For Fears. This could be called the analog version as there are no electronics save some effects unlike the original, which is all electronics, synth and computer. The song here starts out slow and then goes to hard rock for the last minute and a half. In my opinion, while interesting, this song just doesn’t translate well here.

The last song is the second cover, which is “Too Close” by Alex Clare. I compared the original with this cover and I actually like this cover a bit better. The sound the band gives it seems to fit more snuggly. That said though, I feel they should not have used the distortion effect on the vocals. It would have been better and more impactful without that.

In summary, if you like bands like Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, etc. you will find Remark very familiar. In my opinion, while they don’t stand out in the US market as anything unique (other than being from Russia, which is a good thing folks, let’s show some love), I think they could get some airplay on US radio if marketed well towards that goal.

Glaston – Inhale/Exhale


Yes, it is more new music! Ok, boys and girls, we get to learn a new word today or rather a new sub-genre. Glaston is band from Switzerland. They are listed as Post-rock, but I would describe their style much closer to instrumental *Cinematic Prog-Rock*.


The title of this LP is Inhale/Exhale and it is their debut. Most of the songs on this album to me lean towards kind of a cinematic Perfect Circle with a small dash of Pink Floyd thrown into a couple of tracks.
1.Game of Tones 07:10
2.Levitating 05:56
3.Sunnar 09:51
4.Noir 07:57
5.This isn’t Happening 01:36
6.Implosions and Her 05:53
7.Mariana Trench Skycrapers 07:36
8.Better Luck Next Time 03:57
9.Ritou 09:03
10.In the End 03:01

From the promo: Glaston is a post-rock band from Switzerland founded in 2014. Consisting of four members (Selina Maisch, Jake Gutzwiller, Timo Beeler and David Preissel (IRIJ, Pure Inc.)) They are a purely instrumental band who allow the instruments to tell the whole story, free from vocals. Piano, guitar, bass and drums playfully combine in delicate melodies with dynamic rhythms, creating a sound that is influenced by both Classical Music and Progressive Rock, and at times is even reminiscent of cinematic scores. It‘s place in the Post Rock world is created by it’s leading piano, which builds the heart of the music, its voice. The band is inspired by a range of different artists, from Olafur Arnalds and Agent Fresco to A Perfect Circle.
http://www.glastonmusic.com/

Piano is the main foundation instrument on most of the tracks of the LP.
Track #1 Game of Tones, I consider to be one of my two favorite tracks on the album. It is a pleasantly full sounding track with plenty of instrumentation including strings and organ. My other favorite track is #9 titled Ritou. This 9 minute track has an interesting time signature and no, that is not a skip you are hearing, it is done on purpose. It is similar to the first track in some ways and kind of a Tangerine Dream meets Perfect Circle meets Mannheim Steamroller.
The track 7 “Mariana Trench Skyscrapers”,highlight are the drums with a very interesting stick on stick method in it.

Most of the songs are quite long, but that is a prog-rock standard signature. There is a nice brief interlude at track #5 and the last track could be considered a long outro.

This is a different sounding band with a different sounding style. It is actually a somewhat pleasant listen really. It does raise enough curiosity to check out the rest of their work when it comes out.

 

Puzzlewood and The Gates Of Loki

New Band! Introducing Puzzlewood from Moscow Russia:


Artist: Puzzlewood
Genre: Progressive Rock, World
Title: The Gates Of Loki
Released:2017
Label: Self Released
Format: MP3 and Download
Musicians:Tony Legatov / electric guitars, acoustic guitars, vocals
Nikita Lipatov / bass, keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals
Eugen Semenov / drums Kirill Rossolimo / percussion
Additional musicians: Dmitry Ignatov / bouzouki (track 7)
Basem Al-Ashkar / arabic oud (track 10), violin (track 9)
Olga Scotland / flute (track 3) Anastasia Lipatova / backing vocals
Mixing Engineer:Segrey “Grebstel” Kalachov
Engineer:Gennady Wlasow
Mastering: Stas Karyakin at SLON Mastering

Hey look! New music! I was sent information on this band from their PR rep a couple of weeks ago to whom I am grateful for providing this opportunity to not only discover some new music myself, but also for sharing with my readers. With the rich music and cultural history of Russia I have been wondering where today’s artists have been hiding. From the Bio info: Moscow-based post-progressive rock trio PuzzleWood launched their full-length debut Gates of Loki in late 2017. The main idea of the album is the existential journey between the reality and the myth, between different places and even periods of history. Every song is a poem in my opinion, and the majority of tracks are based on the real historical events or myths of different nations of the world. To help the trio’s vision with the album, guest musicians were brought in to shape up the sound implementing various ethnic instruments such as Bouzouki and Arabic Oud, along with flute, violin and percussion. Official band website: http://puzzlewoodband.ru/ru  Continue reading