segunda-feira, 6 de novembro de 2017

The Virgance - Worship the Moon: Limited CD orders available now

You can now order The Virgance's fantastic new record in cristal case CD format from our Bandcamp store. Price is set at £5 plus shipping costs. Shipping starts on November 14th.

You can still download the digital version of the record for free or Name Your Price.

Enjoy the music and support the artist!

terça-feira, 31 de outubro de 2017

OUT NOW! The Virgance - "Worship the Moon" LP

We proudly present "Worship the Moon", United Kingdom's The Virgance a.k.a. solo artist Nathan Smith's fourth album.

The Virgance has since his first record "Lost Continent" accustomed us to a mellow, reverb-ladden mixture of shoegazing guitars floating in parallel to droning keys and percussive elements at times reminiscing of some Peter Townsend sounds, paving the neural pathways to entranced, reflexive states of mind.

This time around, inspired by the idea of creating an imaginary soundtrack to a horror movie (lycan-themed perhaps?), Smith set his guitars aside to give first role to keys compositions. The result sounds somewhat more introspective, and setting of a mood simultaneously intimate and dislocated from the mundane, otherworldly.

This is the perfect release for this Halloween's playlist, and it's out now on our Bandcamp page as a Name-Your-Price download.

So go have a listen here and support at leisure:

quarta-feira, 20 de setembro de 2017

The Virgance - "Worship the Moon" out on October 31st 2017 - Full album stream pre-release

The Virgance
Worship The Moon
El Vals del Conejo
31 October 2017

British shoegazer embraces dark side of dream-pop on imagined soundtrack


FOR FANS OF:  Slowdive, Air, Pink Floyd, Brian Eno
LEAD TRACKS: Terrorforming, Curious Case, Country Of The Past, Lunar Power

On Halloween, 31st October 2017, the El Vals del Conejo label presents ‘Worship The Moon’, the fourth LP by alternative rock artist The Virgance, aka Nathan Smith from Colchester, England, who further explores his conceptual approach to album-making on this forty-minute imagined horror soundtrack. Since his debut release in 2014, Smith has earned BBC Radio 6 Music airplay, Drowned In Sound and Decay FM end-of-year chart placings and received critical acclaim in the shoegaze community and blogosphere. Though previously known for making primarily “shoegaze” music, Smith’s latest sounds, for the most part, rather suggest the categories of “dream-pop” or “ambient rock”.

‘Worship The Moon’ certainly marks a shift in direction for The Virgance in terms of composition and arrangement, but above all, instrumentation. Organ, electric piano, synths and sound design are now muses of choice, substituting the swirling, effects-laden guitars that dominate the first three LPs, though not always resulting in the biggest of departures stylistically – the spacey, angelic slow-core found here on penultimate track ‘Lunar Power’ is arguably one of the most “shoegaze” moments produced by The Virgance to date. Despite the absence of foot-pedals and guitars, followers of The Virgance will recognise one or two familiar elements to the sound, such as the trademark ethereal female vocal textures, organic drums and increasingly important bass lines. Opening with down-tempo, synth-driven ambient rock and easing into dream-pop territory, the album begins to evolve darkly, becoming noisier and then more abstract, before a return to ethereal atmospherics precedes an energetic, crashing finale.

1. Country Of The Past
2. Terrorforming
3. Curious Case
4. Dream Feed
5. Lunar Power
6. Out Of The Woods

“Gloriously saturated sound that carries across a true sense of accomplishment” ~ Unsigned & Independent

“Shoegaze anthems that rest easily on the ears and allow listeners to unwind as they unfold” ~ Pure M

“Delightful, airy and enchanting” ~ Stereo Embers

"A textured, visceral experience of instrumental drone, shoegaze and experimental noise" ~ Sounds Better With Reverb

"A one-man maelstrom capable of both extreme shoegaze squall and moments of serene beauty...what a beautiful, ferocious world Smith has created" ~ The Active Listener

“Original and inspired” ~

“More atmospheric than most” ~ CMJ

"A beautiful concoction of distortion, synths and drums that will take over every frequency your speakers can produce" ~ The Equal Ground

segunda-feira, 7 de agosto de 2017

Flying Cape Experience premiere new video for single "Fire Between Us" on DecayFM Shoegaze Radio

Watch Flying Cape Experience's video for their new single "Fire Between Us", it's guaranteed to make your Monday shine!

Premiered exclusively on DecayFM Shoegaze Radio yesterday. Check their review here.

sexta-feira, 28 de julho de 2017

New release: Flying Cape Experience Single "Fire Between Us"

We are proud to present Flying Cape Experience's beautiful new single "Fire Between Us".

Having released two albums and a split EP with us, Flying Cape Experience have strived to explore the depths of song, bringing us soft yet potent compositions in which they approach music in a simultaneously intimate, experimental and alluring way. This song is no exception, and is certain to both arouse you and soothe you during the course of its four minutes.

 Available now as Name Your Price in Bandcamp. Enjoy!

domingo, 23 de março de 2014

New release: Joaquim Barato/Flying Cape Experience "8" Split EP

We are proud to present to you our latest release, a collaboration between the Finnish duo Flying Cape Experience and the Portuguese solo act Joaquim Barato, in the form of the split EP "8".

Flying Cape Experience released their debut album "Let's Sing More About The Eyes" on El Vals del Conejo, and have been a pleasureable discovery for many independent music appreciators for the past year, having been featured in numerous online music sites because of their amazing LP.

Joaquim Barato has released the LP's "Rivers" and "Caress Transgress", as well as the EP "April to July", through El Vals del Conejo, and is one of this netlabel's co-owners and producer João Caldeira Bispo. His music has been featured in multiple online music sites, and his latest album "Caress Transgress" was critically acclaimed by Portuguese, Irish and U.S. press.

"8" stands for the eight songs that make up the album, and for a sort of shared feeling that bonds these two artists across the land and sea that separates them physically (they're more than a quarter of world apart, since Joaquim Barato is currently based out of Peru).

Having found afinnity in the spirit and intention of music, in spite of their very distinct approach to sound, they have undertaken this collaboration project as a way of honouring and empowering eachother through the ways only music as an art form can.

The most evident show of the trust they put into eachother's hands is the exchange of cover songs, having Joaquim Barato covered "The Cage", and Flying Cape Experience "Rivers in the Sky".

All songs were mastered by Akira Kosminen, and the artwork for the cover was a split collaboration between Jo Annah and Mari Gho.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is "8".

segunda-feira, 24 de fevereiro de 2014

New artist / New release: The Virgance "Lost Continent"

We are proud to present to you The Virgance, and his debut album "Lost Continent".

The Virgance is Nathan Smith, former guitarist with nineties band Ripley.

Smith lives, works, writes and records from his home in the village of Acton, Suffolk, UK.
He likes to experiment with guitar tunings and, inspired by Pete Townshend from The Who, he also enjoys physically bending the neck of his guitar while playing to generate smooth and dreamy pitch bends and tremolo effects that characterize his music.

"Lost Continent" was originally meant as a concept album. The overriding theme was of water encroaching on the landmasses of Earth through the ages, imagined through both mythology and history, from the lost city of Atlantis through to the recent exodus from Kivalina due to rising sea levels.

This work has taken Smith 4 years in putting together and carefully arranging, and it shows.

It is simultaneously a relaxing and emotionally intense voyage through dreamy soundscapes drenched in sweet and uplifting delays, and tantalizing rhythms and textures.

It will take you to a place where perspective is somewhat detached from its usual ground zero emotion and thus is transcended, a place where waves of sound remind you of the origin of life and its everflowing presence and influence on our world.