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PR : LEVI

Artists: Levi
Title: Synthesis
Format: album
Release date: June 14th, 2022
Label: Black Marmalade
File under: electronica, experimental,

PR Territories: worldwide except Italy

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Levi is the solo project of Damiano Simoncini, italian musician from Pesaro already known in the international scene in the past decade as drummer and songwriter with the post-punk bands Damien* and Versailles.

Released on June 14th, 2022 by Black Marmalade Records, Synthesis follows the EP Aquarius (2019) and Liquida (2020).



Inspired by the visionary movies of Lynch, Bergman and Lang, akin to the sound ventures of contemporary composers as Oneothrix Point Never and Steve Auschildt, in love with the orchestral arrangements of the Maestro Ennio Morricone, Synthesis is the breed of the pressures and emergencies gripping both our inner and outside worlds, all related.
Heavy electronics creates almost hypnagogic states of mind, in a journey through different sub-genres looking for impossible answers about the near future.
Synthesis could be the playlist for a ghost radio station floating in deep, dark interstellar space: six tracks, less than 30 minutes, to focus the listening experience on our subjective perception of electronic-generated soundwaves.

Eurasia, like the whole album, was born during the first lockdown, in a state of global disturbance, at the same time adrenaline-charged.
In Levi’s case, this digitally shared loneliness was exacerbated by the unexpected deaths of two close friends: Andrea Guagneli (of the band’s Brothers in Law), dear friend and companion of many adventures and projects, and Mirko Bertuccioli, another musician killed by Covid-19, who’d been for many years the most active and enthusiast aggregator for the local music scene.
In this chaos of pain, anguish, melancholy and fear it came a sort of “epiphany”: the feeling that the world-as-we-knew-it changed, radically, and not just for health reasons .
I clearly perceived the ‘collision’ between two different worlds, in some ways antithetical and incommunicable, and I sounded this feeling of ‘end of epoch’ and the beginning of another, more uncertain, darker, for sure unstable and fated to a sort of final confrontation. East versus West. Europe (and the West) against Asia (and the East). Hence the name Eurasia, seeking in the semantic crasis to show how stupid and useless divisions are, and how deleterious and devastating they can become.
Eurasia sounds menacingly apocalyptic, with heavy drones building up to a psych-trance climax, with waves of sounds opening our perception, an attitude dear to musicians like The Telescopes, Sonic Boom, Dreamweapon.
The video is the recording of the live visual of the song created by Gabriele Ottino, a video artist from Turin and a member of Niagara, with whom Levi has been collaborating for years.

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PR : WOW SAILOR

Artist: Wow Sailor
Title: Happy Fear
Format: album
Release date: Oct 14th, 2022
Label: Dugnad Records
File under: electronica, modern classical, ambient

PR Territories: Worldwide

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Wow Sailor is the name of the solo-project of musician, composer and producer Kim Uglum Reenskaug from Oslo, Norway.
Wow Sailor upcoming album Happy Fear is composed, recorded and mixed by Reenskaug who weaves together a auditive fabric of field recordings, samples and synths and creates an atmospheric, emotional and meditative landscape.
Trumpet extraordinaire Arve Henriksen and vocalist Synne Sanden makes significant contributions to the album. Their participation amplifies the landscapes and makes them emotionally engaging to experience. Stig Reenskaug, the brother of the artist, contribute with a floating and dynamic violin and warm and earthy guitars.
The album is about the contrasting emotions joy and fear, how they both thrive in us and in cunning ways are intertwined and live side by side.
Happy Fear takes us there, into the uncomfortable fear and the light joy that makes the darkness disappear, grounding us. The album is a journey through the internal world, through our universal feelings working together and against each other.
The music, and the poem that the titles make out, allows you to lay down and disappear in to another world where feelings and their imagery can come to the surface, where everything can be allowed to be abstract, yet near.

In addition to his solo-project Reenskaug is the drummer of Norwegian indie-rock band Oh Yeah Tiger. He collaborates closely with experimental pop singer Synne Sanden, and is co-producing her upcoming, fifth album Unfold.
Reenskaug is currently working with two stage performances. Taking Root premiered at the Open Out festival in Tromsø and was part of Meteor International Theater festival in Bergen. Corentin JPM Levens’ performance Birds Of Ill Omen premieres in Oslo’s Black Box Theater March 2022.

Wow Sailor plans to tour internationally with Happy Fear in 2022/23.


Before We Can Be Together is the first released track from the upcoming album Happy Fear by Wow Sailor, out on Dugnad Rec on October 14th, 2022.
This composition is an atmospheric conversation in which a living and textured environment comes into being. The track is about the search for emotional clarity and connection to the world.
A hybrid instrumental exploration in which electronic and acoustic instruments blends with a field recording from a chance encounter while travelling.
The song features guitars and violin by Stig Reenskaug and vocals by Synne Sanden.
The music video is made by Norwegian video artist Benjamin Torvik, who assembled a collage of analog footage from Oslo. The tactile approach blends well with the music and brings out a poetic nostalgia and melancholy from mundane situations.


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Ballade (NO) – video première
Sélection Sorties (FR)
Tinnitist (CAN)



PR : NOISE UNDER DREAMING

Artist: Noise Under Dreaming
Title: Lone
Release date: digital April 07th, 2022, cd digipack June 13th 2022.
Label: Seahorse Recordings
File under: Indie, Americana, with 60’s vibes

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Noise Under Dreaming is a project born in 2006 from two musicians based in Milan, Italy.

They got spotted soon by Foolica Publishing, that in 2008 released with Foolica Electro label their first album Tarokidei.
The release created a word of mouth that gave the band the chance to play live in Italy and abroad and of working more and more frequently on soundtracks.
In 2010 Red Birds / Seahorse Recordings released the acoustic EP Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear, that features acoustic versions of some Tarokidei tracks, an idea born during an acoustic show in Barcelona.
In September 2011 a short movie with Noise Under Dreaming’s original soundtrack, G: The Other Me by Michele Coggiola, was screened at the 68° Venice Film Festival.

In 2012 Red Birds / Seahorse Recordings released their second LP In Mine, which got very positive reviews.

Meanwhile they were still composing soundtracks, also working with the Oscar Prize winner Gabriele Salvatores for
Siberian Education in 2013.

On April 7th, 2022 Noise Under Dreaming release digital their third LP Lone. again with Seahorse Recordings.

Previously the duo used to write songs while being based in different places and interacting through technology, but this time the plan was to compose and record together. Pandemic gave a slight detour to the schedule, and some of the original tracks became more destructured in the process. 

The crowd’s noise – and the solitude amongst the crowd – which was the trading mark of their previous releases, somewhat stopped, because there was no more crowd, but only solitude. 

In this new quietness, without background noise, the instruments – guitars, bass, synth, percussion – are finally clean and clear, shaping the songs.

Noise Under Dreaming è un progetto nato da due ragazzi di Milano nel 2006. A breve vengono notati da Foolica Publishing, che pubblica nel 2008 con Foolica Electro il primo lavoro, “Tarokidei”. L’uscita dà seguito a un passaparola che permette alla band di esibirsi in Italia e all’estero e di lavorare, con crescente frequenza, su diverse sonorizzazioni.
Nel 2010 esce per Red Birds / Seahorse Recordings l’EP acustico “Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear”, che contiene una rivisitazione in chiave acustica dei brani di Tarokidei, idea nata durante un concerto acustico a Barcellona. A Settembre 2011 un cortometraggio con la colonna sonora originale dei Noise Under Dreaming, “G: The Other Me” di Michele Coggiola, viene selezionato per la 68° Mostra del Cinema di Venezia.

Il 2012 è l’anno dell’uscita del secondo LP, “In Mine”, sempre per Red Birds / Seahorse Recordings, che ottiene un ottimo riscontro di critica.

Nel frattempo continuano i lavori di sonorizzazione, fra cui la collaborazione con Gabriele Salvatores per la colonna sonora di “Educazione Siberiana” nel 2013.

Nel 2022 i Noise Under Dreaming pubblicano il loro terzo LP “Lone” per Seahorse Recordings.



Released digitally on April 07th, 2022 and with cd digiapck following in June, by Seahorse Recordings, Lone is  the third album for Noise Under Dreaming, and is now finally available on cd dgipack, with colours highlighting the summery blue mood of these nine songs.
The duo from Milan anticipated the album with the single Nothing to Say, a guitar driven song, where chords build up an emotional loop, until the final chorus reaches the climax 
It’s a song about young adults, seeing the disintegration of the values they grew up with, while facing new truths hard to cope with. 


MEDIA LINKS

It’s Psychedelic Baby Mag (SLO) – video première
Ondalternativa (IT)
Arearock (IT)
El Santo del Rock (MEX)
Sélection Sorties (FR)