Video Premiere: Kairon; IRSE!: White Flies

August 19, 2020

Born out of an expanding consciousness, Finnish freakout fusion explorers Kairon; IRSE! defy space and time, bringing multicolored dreams into a new dimension on their upcoming album, Polysomn, which will be released on September 11 via Svart Records.

Led by Oranssi Pazuzu’s Niko Lehdontie, Polysomn sees the band futuristically journeying through your cerebral cortex, reshaping prog, post rock, acid folk, fuzz, and dreamscapes – all at the same time. It’s the natural continuation of Kairon IRSE!’s ongoing evolution into sparkling luminaries of the European psychedelic post-rock scene.

We’re thrilled to present Kairon; IRSE!’s new single here today – White Flies. Offered as a video designed and generated by Lionel ‘Vinyl’ Williams, White Flies and its accompanying kosmische visuals have us going interstellar to fully embrace Kairon; IRSE!’s euphoric bliss.

If you’re ready to dive right in, we strongly recommend preordering Polysomn, otherwise, we’ll see you drifting along in this mind-altering and visionary universe.

Essential Sounds: 14.08.20

August 14, 2020

There sure is a lot of bands releasing cover versions at the moment; some hit the mark some are… questionable.

Over the years, THOU have spoiled us with a wide variety of cover songs, and those of you present during their Misfits set at Roadburn 2019 can confirm that they bring their own distinct energy to the songs of others. Today they have released an album of various covers from the likes of Pearl Jam, Black Sabbath and Shellac… and we couldn’t resist kicking off this week’s Essential Sounds playlist with one of theirs…

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

ThouFourth of July (Robotic Empire)

SvalbardListen To Someone (Holy Roar)

Holy Fawnhf:/LHPN/seer/REF2.alt (Tripple Crown Records)

The Devil’s TradeThe Call of the Iron Peek (Season of Mist)

Teethgrynder feat. Richey BeckettOrnament (Self-Release)

Orville PeckFancy (Columbia Records)

Future IslandsThrill (4AD)

Sólveig MatthildurLast Date (Artoffact Records)

Rope Sect feat. Mat McNerneyPrison Of You (Self-Release)

PallbearerRite of Passage (Nuclear Blast)

Alexis MarshallNature In Three Movements (Sargent House)

Primitive ManConsumption (Relapse Records)

DumaLionsblood (Nyege Nyege Tapes)

Deaf Kids, PetbrickSweet-Drenched Wreck (Rocket Recordings)

BarstConspiracy for a Cvlt Nation (Consouling Sounds)

Roadburn: No Harvest - Communal playlist

August 12, 2020

We might not have, for the moment, the instant, up-close fix of Roadburn spirit that are the many live shows where our wonderful community gathers as one, but we can keep sharing great music with each other in other ways. So let’s venture forth together through sun-drenched farmlands, breezy woods darkening under cloudy skies and even the odd decadent urban scenario with our new communal playlist on Spotify, Roadburn: No Harvest!

These days, perhaps more than ever before, we are constantly being amazed by artists, many of them far from widely known, that are simultaneously on the outskirts and also at the forefront of what it means to be “heavy.” From moody singer/songwriters to shadowy practitioners of dark folk, from purveyors of twisted and reimagined Americana to genuine country troubadours, they are redefining emotional and sonic heaviness every day.

So come on, pick up your metaphorical hoe, walk the endless fields with us and help us reap the (no) harvest, unearthing all the best contemporary artists and turning this into a true radio for the fringes, build by our community!

Please note: Roadburn: No Harvest is defined by dark folk, Americana, singer/songwriters and country balladiers only.

Video Premiere: Sólveig Matthildur - Last Date

August 10, 2020

There are better ways to start the week than being dumped, that’s for sure. However, if bad news is inevitable, there are few sweeter ways for it to be delivered than by Sólveig Matthildur.

We’re thrilled to bring you the premiere of the video for her most recent single, Last Date. Much like her other solo work, Last Date elicits a melancholic feeling totally at odds with the way it prompts an urge to dance; somehow the two moods work together perfectly. Sólveig tells us:

“I wrote Last Date a year ago.  It’s the soundtrack of the smile you squeeze through your tears at the discotek. The struggle of choosing between options that will equally hurt. It’s the first track I worked on with Baldur Hjörleifsson. I’m really grateful for him and his work.”

The video features Sólveig – looking every inch the movie star – deliberating over the difficult choice. Of the video she elaborates further:

“The video is recorded and edited by Dean Kemball and Kinnat Sóley. We rented a hotel room in Leipzig at and shot the whole video there. In the video I am having a date with someone which will, sadly, be the last one.”

We consider ourselves long term fans of Sólveig – both in the company of her bandmates as part of Kælan Mikla, and as a free-wheeling solo artist, forging her own path. The track can be streamed via Spotify or downloaded via Bandcamp – where you can also pick up Sólveig earlier releases, including 2019’s Constantly In Love album which is a firm favourite here at Roadburn HQ.

Essential Sounds: 7.08.20

August 7, 2020

Today is another day when Bandcamp are waiving their fees to support labels and artists during the pandemic. There are many artists that will welcome the extra support if you can spare the money to buy their music today.

Our playlist today is – as ever – a collection of songs that have inspired, motivated and otherwise kept us going over the past week or so. Maybe today they’ll give you a spark to support artists on Bandcamp, but if not, there’s still pleasure to be found with these new tracks! If you find something you love – share it!

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

SólstafirAkkeri (Season of Mist)

BriquevilleAkte XIII (Pelagic Records)

KhemmisDown In A Hole (Magnectic Eye Records)

MotorpsychoThe Same Old Rock (One Must Imagine…) (Stickman Records)

PolymoonHelicaling (Svart Records)

Shaman ElephantH.M.S: Death, Rattle and Roll (Karisma Records)

AdvertismentAlways (Patchwork Fantasy)

L.A. WitchGen-Z (Suicide Squeeze Records)

The Lemon TwigsMoon (4AD)

Osi And The JupiterAppalachia (Eisenwald)

Paul OskaLong Lives Are Lost (Self-Release)

Steve Von Till Wild Iron (Neurot Recordings)

The Ocean GreysFeeling Like New (Self-Release)

Kira McSpiceLoon (Self-Release)

German ArmyZoulou Danse (Crash Symbols)

Dame BonnetPortamento (Höga Nord Records)

Shit And Shine Hillbilly Moonshine (Rocket Recordings)

Jaye JayleI Need You (Sargent House)

HifiklubMedicine Dream (Parallel Factory)

Essential Sounds: 31.07.20

July 31, 2020

We decided not to hold back with this week’s lengthy playlist… and suggest that you do the same when listening. Let this collection of songs guide you through all the pitfalls we’re currently facing, while discovering some new favorites along the way.

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Crippled Black PhoenixCry of Love (Season of Mist)

Death BellsHeavily Bodies (Dais Records)

Four Stroke BaronLungs (Prosthetic Records)

MastodonFallen Torches (Reprise Records)

RealizeDisappear (Relapse Records)

Torn RelicsRestrained Faith Leyla Records)

Vous AutresVesuve (Season of Mist)

J. ZunzFour Woman and Darkness (Rocket Recordings)

Anna Von HauswolffSacro Bosco (Southern Lord)

Bing & RuthI Had No Dream (4AD)

Brockmann // BargmannElement (8MM Music)

Ora CoganFixe (Prism Tongue Records)

Annie BarbazzaYs (MaracashRecords)

Matt ElliotFarewell to All we Know (Ici, d’ailleurs)

Bill Callahan35 (Drag City)

Courtney Marie AndrewsHow You Get Hurt (Fat Possum Records)

The Secret SistersLate Bloomer (New West Records)

BdrmmPush / Pull (Sonic Cathedral)

TesaIV (My Proud Mountian)

Shaman ElephantWide Awake but Still Asleep (Karisma Records)

Neptunian MaximalismNganga (I, Voidhanger Records)

SumacThe Iron Chair (Thrill Jockey)

Stream Enslaved "Chronicles of the Northbound" for a short while

July 30, 2020

For a short time only you can relive the start of Enslaved‘s Cinematic Summer Tour with the Roadburn-presented ‘Chronicles of the Northbound.’

Don’t miss your chance to see the special fan-picked setlist and the performance that was absolutely out of this world.


Essential Sounds: 24.07.20

July 24, 2020

This week’s playlist is – as ever – a collection of songs that have piqued our interest over the last week or so. Maybe you’ll recognise some, maybe you’ll discover something new.

Either way, we hope you enjoy our latest Essential Sounds playlist, this week featuring…

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

UlverNostalgia (House Of Mythology)

ZetraUnion (Death Walz Recording Company)

John CarpenterSkeleton (Sacred Bones)

Roll The Dice, GrindvikBurried (The New Black)

Miles BrownSummon Chanted Evening (Death Walz Recording Company)

Greg PuciatoDo You Need Me to Remind You?single edit (Federal Prisoner)

Terminal NationDisciple of Deceit (20 Buck Spin)

Black MagnetDivination Equipment (20 Buck Spin)

Imperial TriumphantAtomic Age (Century Media)

Jaye JayleThe River Spree (Sargent House)

Jess WilliamsonHow Ya Lonesome (Mexican Summer)

Cinder WellOur Lady’s (Free Dirt Records)

MolassessThrough The Hollow (Season of Mist)

Essential Sounds: 17.07.20

July 17, 2020

This week’s lengthy playlist offers the soundtrack for a journey through your mind – a trip into the vast unknown devoid of a challenging future. Let your imagination run free and let’s keep our spirits up this summer!

Dive in headfirst…

Einar Selvik – Hrafnsmál – The Words of the Raven (Lakeshore Records)

Osi And The JupiterThe Binding Will of MountainsSingle Edit (Eisenwald)

Gillian Welch, David RawlingsHello In There (Acony Records)

Grace CummingsThe Look You Gave (Flightless Records)

TAU and The Drones Of PraiseSpeak Your Truth (Drone of Praise Records)

Maud The MothFinisterrae (Self-Release)

ProtomartyrWorm In Heaven (Domino Recording)

De UnderjordiskeIlddøbt (Flammekaster Records)

KestrelsA Way Out (Darla Records)

Kairon; IRSE!Welcome Blue Valkyrie (Svart Records)

Master OogwayGarmonbozia (Runne Grammofon)

Neptunian MaximalismNNMMPtah Sokar Osiris (I, Voidhanger Records)

Sun Ra ArkestraSeductive Fantasy (Strut Records)

Dallas AcidThe Enamel Sea (All Saints Records)

TenggerBliss (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records)

OffermoseSjælens Ruin (Third Coming Records)

ZombiXYZT (Relapse Records)

MenziZulu Warrior (Hakuna Kulala)

Health, Full of HellFull Of Health (Loma Vista Records)

Special InterestDisco III (Night School / Thrilling Living)

Jesse Draxler, VowwsThem (Federal Prisoner)

Senyawa, Ian UrbinaStorming The Thunder (Menantang Badai) (Synesthesia Media)

Essential Sounds: 10.07.20

July 10, 2020

Here’s another lengthy playlist to help you through the strange and unprecedented times we’re currently living in. Whether these songs help you to escape this boggling reality, or just have you pining for summer, hopefully these tracks will boost your morale altogether.

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

SvalbardOpen Wound (Holy Roar Records)

Liturgy, LeyaAntigone (NNA tapes)

Imperial TriumphantCity Swine (Century Media)

PallbearerForgotten Days – Edit (Nuclear Blast)

HumThe Summoning (Earth Analog Records)

EnslavedJettegryta (Nuclear Blast)

Inter ArmaRunnin’ Down a Dream (Relapse Records)

Blues PillsKiss My Past Goodbye (Nuclear Blast)

Maggot HeartRoses (Self-Release)

JesuNever There For You (Avalanche Recordings)

Deaf Kids, PetbrickForça Bruta – Single Edit (Rocket Recordings)

Pink SiifuFK (Field-Left)

Ho99o9Christopher Dorner (Toys Have Powers / 999 Deathkult)

Party DozenAuto Loser (Grupo)

Future IslandsFor Sure (4AD)

Orville PeckSmalltown Boy – Spotify Singles (Sub Pop)

MattielGuns of Brixton (Heavenly Recordings)

Lonnie HolleyLike Hell Broke Aawy (Jadjaguwar)

Gnod, João Pais FillipeFaca De Ar (Rocket Recordings)

Spiritczualic Enhancement CenterWhere Is My Palm Leaf? (Crash Symbols)

Centre El MuusaBurning Lawa (Sulatron Records)

PostcardsDead End (T3 Records)

Valium AggeleinTriumph Of The Metal People (Numero Group)

SsalivaGateway (Luik Music)

Emma Ruth RundleStaying Power (Sargent House)

The Devil’s TradeHárom Árva (Season of Mist)