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PR: CLUSTERSUN – Avalanche

Clustersun
Avalanche

Labels: Little Cloud Records (US) // Icy Cold Records (FR)
Release date: May 20th, 2021
Format: vinyl 300 copies limited edition translucent red with rainbow splatter, cd digipack, digital
Artwork: Marco Baldassari
Mixing and Mastering: James Aparicio

Tracklisting: Desert Daze, All Your Pain, Closer/Deeper, Juggernaut, Avalanche (Legion 5), Barricades, Sinking In to You, Scar

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At the beginning there’s silence, a deaf sound and the spell of the forthcoming uproar. Then, vibrations cover what is actually hiding beyond the avalanche, while the sun struggles to warm and melt. In the end, the chemical of sounds reveals itself through the chemical of pictures.” 

These words by Marco Baldassarri, painter and founder of Sonic Jesus, perfectly describe what Avalanche stands for. Marco realised the album artwork, that’s a real painting called Avalanche too,  following the creative flux inspired by the listening of Clustersun’s new sounds. 
Avalanche departs from dreamy shoegaze, reaching at high speed desertic and acid sideways. Dark and shiny, disturbing and glorious, straightforward and ambitious, it’s an album that will fit well in a playlist featuring The Black Angels, The Lucid Dream, The (early) Telescopes, Dead Skeletons. The mix and mastering have been in charge of James Aparicio, a real scene’s guru, thanks to his work for The Cult Of Dom Keller, Dead Vibrations, Piatcions / Throw Down Bones, Rev Rev Rev. Avalanche was released on May 20th, 2021 by a joint effort between Icy Cold Records (FR) and Little Cloud Records (US), two labels that don’t need any introduction for space rock and psych lovers.

AVALANCHE – MEDIA LINKS

Rumore (IT) – album première
Rumore (IT) – review

Rockerilla (IT) – review

Buscadero (IT)

Blow Up (IT)

Vive Le Rock (UK)Barricades video première
Backseat Mafia (UK) – review 8,9
Paranoid Park (IT) – review
Paranoid Park (IT) – Spotify Playlist
Shoegaze Blog (IT) – interview
Switch On (IT)
Ondarock (IT)
RockIt (IT)
Rockit (IT) – compilation
Relics-Controsuoni (IT)
Off Topic Mag (IT)
Ver Sacrum (IT)
Rock Garage (IT)
Area Rock (IT)
Distorsioni (IT)
Pete’s Rock News and Views (UK)
Jo Claverie (E)
Tinnitist (CAN)
Sélection Sortie (FR)
El Santo del Rock (MEX)
Indie for Bunnies (IT) – Record of the week
Indie Roccia (IT)
Rodon FM (GR)
White Light // White Heat (IT/US) – weekly tips
DKFM (US)
Riserva Indie (IT)
Impatto Sonoro (IT)
Impatto Sonoro (IT) – Best of 2021
Darkitalia – Voice of Silence (IT)
Voix de Garage – Radio Campus Grenoble (FR)
Voix de Garage Grenoble (FR) – review
Alternative Frequencies on Radio Leyland (UK)
Perù Avantgarde (Perù)
Shoegazer Alive (BR) – Best of May 2021
Shoegazer Alive (BR) – Best of 2021
XWave Radio
Swirly Fest 2 DJ Brian L. (US)
Heresy with Adz / MMH The Home of Rock Radio (UK)
Attention Please Radio Show / Nova Radio Norh East (UK)
A Dècouvrir Absolument (FR) – review
Amore e Psych – Radio Kaos (IT)
Radiocoop (IT)
Moonacrobat Playlist (NL)

A SHORT BIOG


Clustersun live

CLUSTERSUN have established themselves as a solid reality in the international panorama of fuzz & reverb purveyors.
Their cosmic and 3D signature sound delivers massive walls of fuzz, otherwordly reverberations and psychedelic trips.
The trio formed in 2013 and debuted with a self-produced single, Be Vegetal, that was noticed by Dave Allison of US indie label Custom Made Music and featured in the compilation CMM Summer Sampler.
The first album’s lead single Hipgnosis was featured in REVOLUTION – The Shoegaze Revival, massive international compilation out in 2015 via Raphalite Records (UK/Canada) and Gerpfast Kolektif (Indonesia).
CLUSTERSUN supported Out Of Your Ego extensively with a tour that also reached the US, with gigs in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and other cities of the East Coast.
They also contributed to the compilations Rock Back For Nepal Vol. I (2015) and Rock Back: Stronger Than The Storm (2017), both issued by via Philadelphia based label Patetico Recordings, and to The Blog That Celebrates Itself’s tributes to Echo & The Bunnymen (Gods Will Be Gods, 2016) and Slowdive (Just For A Life, 2017).
On 19th May 2017, CLUSTERSUN released the sophomore album Surfacing To Breathe, again via Seahorse Recordings, with singles Raw Nerve and Lonely Moon receiving up to 40k views on YouTube.

Following the explosive “Desert Daze”, whose video reached more than 50k views,  All Your Pain is the second single anticipating Avalanche, the third album for Clustersun, to be released on May 20th, 2021 on Icy Cold Records (FR) and Little Cloud Records (US).All Your Pain is a majestic kraut psychedelic ride, hitting a grand 7′:45″ duration.
Hypnotic, ravishing, fiery, All Your Pain sounds like ice being cut by white-hot fuzzy blades, held through a ritual dance. 
The video, produced by Clustersun’s drummer Andrea Conti, pictures the different stages of a relationship’s failure, through the rollercoaster of an adult couple, turning from sweetness and eroticism to estrangement and nihilism, under the menacing shadow of their young alter-egos in bridal dresses. All around, a blue cold and hostile landscape, freezes their love as winter does with nature: “You know me, not what I feel”.

ALL YOUR PAIN: MEDIA LINKS

Backseat Mafia (UK/AUS) – video première
Tinnitist (CAN)
El Santo del Rock (MEX)
Alternative Frequencies on Radio Leyland (UK)
Kool Rock Radio
Darklands on Ràdio Voltregà (E)
Frontière Rock (FR)
Sly Vynil (US)
Moonacrobat Playlist (NL)
Shoegazing Your Waves (IT)
Indie for Bunnies (IT)
Paranoid Park (IT)
Allternative (IT)
Indie Roccia (IT)
Relics – Controsuoni (IT) – Intervista

“I got fire in my hands”
This is Psych. Yes, this is the kind of sound that will make you crave for being squashed in a massive crowd at a festival, eyes closed, ears exploding, mind tripping, legs dancing and head banging, lost and found, flooded by the fuzz, the reverb, the tune.
Released November 18th, 2020, Desert Daze is a refreshing cauldron and marks a huge comeback for Clustersun, four years since their last effort Surfacing To Breathe (Seahorse 2017), a classic shoegaze album that brought to the trio from Catania massive attention and airplay worldwide.

DESERT DAZE : MEDIA LINKS

Video Première – It’s Psychedelic Baby Mag
Radio Campus / Voix de Garage (FR)
Tinnitis (CAN)
Indie for Bunnies (IT)
Exhimusic (IT)
Paranoid Park (IT)
Indie Roccia (IT)
Indie Roccia – Intervista (IT)
Music in a Box (IT)
Shoegaze Blog (IT)
Shoegaze Blog – album 2021 (IT)
El Santo del Rock (MEX)
Dans le mur du son (FR)
Revista the 13th (ARG)
Atom Heart Mutha (UK)
Vive le Rock! (UK)
WL/WH (US/IT) – Weekly Playlist
CSI Magazine (IT)
Shoegazing Your Waves (IT)
The Alternative Frequencies Rock Show (UK)
The Blackout Radio Show with Mike Puogounas (CAN/US/UK/GR/CY)
Smoke and Mirrors – Radio Boise (US)
The Reverb with Matt Catling (UK)
Bushwick Garage / Radio Free Brooklyn (US) – Ep. 254
Shoegazer Alive (BRA)
Loud Cities / Mercury Radio (GRE)
Graffiti Vibe (UK)
Artrocker Radio – Jan 12th (UK)
Subculture Shock (US)
Persona Grata Radio Show / Rodon FM (UK)
Roxxy (BIH)
Songs from Under the Floorboard (US)
Frontière Rock / Radio Attitude (FR)
A Little Bit of Sol Blog
The Lloydbrary
Darklands / Ràdio Voltregà (E)

DREAMWEAPON

Hailing from Porto, Portugal, Dreamweapon is a Psychedelic Voodoo Industrial Machine, the brain child of 10000 Russos former bass player André Couto. Like the forefathers who inspired their name (Angus MacLise, Tony Conrad, Spacemen 3), their music is minimalist, droney, headswirling psychedelia of an hallucinatory nature.

Following 2013 self released EP; 2015 LP released on Lovers and Lollypops (PT); 2018 SOL on Fuzz Club (UK); an European tour in 2018, and a constant presence in festivals since 2015, Dreamweapon have self-released one single and four albums during 2020 confinement, Calandriae, Post-Psych Monologues, Maelstrom X, Rites of Lunacy and Quíron. In February 2021, Rites of Lunacy is re-released on Little Cloud Records (USA) / Cardinal Fuzz (UK). After the first unexpected post confinement show in Pescara, Italy, in August, Dreamweapon followed up in November with a six date minitour in France and Belgium, plus a full one month tour in May 2021, including shows in the UK , Mag4 in Brussels and Psychedelic Umami Festival in CZ.

Porto (PT)
Kraut, Industrial
Little Clouds / Cardinal Fuzz Records

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JuJu (Gioele Valenti)

JuJu, the brainchild of Gioele Valenti, are back with a new album: ‘La Que Sabe’, out via Weird Beard Records. Sicilian multi-instrumentalist and producer Gioele Valenti is a key figure of the European underground music scene. He is one half of acclaimed Occult Psych project Llay Lamas (Rocket Recordings).
He is the man behind Herself, a folktronica project that involved the likes of Jonathan Donahue of Mercury RevJohn Fallon of The Steppes and Amaury Cambuzat of Faust and Ulan Bator. He was also the guitarist of Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation. Most importantly, he is the creator of the unclassifiable JuJu.
Championed by Goatman and Capra Informis of GOAT, JuJu have already released three albums (two of which with Fuzz Club Records) and left a permanent mark in the international Psychedelic scene and beyond. ‘La Que Sabe’ is “She who knows”, “The Great Mother”, the witch, the “Mater Obscura”.
Not by chance, the title conjures an imagery that is bound to the Mediterranean sea and lands, the Earth Magic and the Mother goddess in many ancient cultures. The cover shows a KAPALIKA, an Hindu monk who follows the doctrine of the “Left Hand Path”.
The music, however, has shifted, both sonically and geographically. JuJu’s self-titled debut (Sunrise Ocean Bender) encompassed a mix of rhythmic psychedelia, ancient myths and Mediterranean neopaganism and told the story of an on-going exodus from Africa.

The follow-up “Our Mother Was A Plant” (Fuzz Club), was even more forward-thinking and adventurous. It summoned all kinds of spirits with its rhythmic, otherworldly psychedelia, introducing shamanic mantras influenced by Afrobeat, Krautrock, Glam, Post Punk, Art Rock, drone and everything in between.
The third LP, “Maps & Territory” (Fuzz Club), reaffirmed and at the same time transcended JuJu’s unique formula. It deconstructed, reassembled and expanded their original vision, bordering Jazz territories.
The new album, “La Que Sabe”, is another game-changer. It marks an evolution from their signature sound, but also a return to the origins and to a much more “western” imagery, combining Post Punk, Shoegaze, Darkwave, Industrial, Synthpop, R’n’R with Dance, Club and Disco. Sonically, JuJu have somehow migrated from the South to the North, but without losing the mystical knowledge and experience gathered in their previous wanderings. The result is an infectious vibration that invites sacrilegious disco rituals with Shoegaze guitars, and much more.

Palermo, Italy
Tribal Psych
Weird Beard / Little Clouds / Fuzz Club
Records


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PRESS QUOTES

“ … a tightly internalised and personalised twist. It comes from the heart and from the gut. … The result is a masterfully haunting set, and the passions and fervour of its entreaties ethereally linger in the memory.” — Record Collector Magazine

“‘JuJu’ is an album of sweepingly melodic music that still retains a strange kind of intimacy. Just when you thought you might never want to hear another ‘psych rock’ album again in your life, along comes an artist who resets the co-ordinates and makes the past seem startling new again.” —The Quietus

“…JuJu fuses elements of psychedelia, glam, prog and post-punk into a propulsive, melodic art rock. Valenti describes JuJu’s self-titled debut long-players as “my personal tribute to the big music I’ve always loved, regardless of genre.” But the album also has a more serious intention, sourcing the refugee crisis as its primary inspiration: ”Where I live in Sicily, we literally see children die among the waves.” For Valenti, the music and words “conspire with ancient symbols and arcane memory, something buried deep in the collective unconscious of the Mediterranean, to give voice to a ‘drowning’ culture.”” — MOJO Magazine