INDIA SKY Reaches Into The Cosmos with “Somewhere Over The Mystic Moon”

Welcome back, and we have a brand new release to share with our avid new readers. First of several reviews we’ll be publishing in February of artists releasing their first albums in 2023. First up is INDIA SKY with “Somewhere Over The Mystic Moon”, a refreshing blend of nuanced electronics, dance, soul and ethereal soundscapes which transported us to spaces of exploration, trust, contemplation and rebirth.

India Sky’s first musical endeavor is due out February 5th. “Somewhere Over The Mystic Moon” dances through musical spaces and emotions like a time machine transporting you somewhere you only dreamed of living in, thriving in. “Somewhere Over The Mystic Moon” takes us there. The album begins with “Dark Symphony” and “Begin Again” – two vocal heavy, ethereal, morose, orchestral feeling pieces, warm and fuzzy sonic textures, singing strings, nuanced vocal hymns and dancing electronic pulses set the time, space, and tone perfectly for “Breakdown” – one of the highest energy tracks from start to finish on the album, and yet it fits in the mix perfectly, something about the third song on an album can be special, I don’t know what it is, but “Breakdown” taps into it. And for a full confession, after the album played through, I ran through “Breakdown” at least three more times on repeat while editing this review, something that never happens. That track hooked me! And it’s not the only one, many of the tracks on “S O T M M” tap into this sort of sonic nostalgia that only certain albums can tap into, and it’s beautiful and comforting in a way. Maybe it’s a drum sound, or a synth line, or maybe it’s just a space created by the artist for us to contemplate in, have we been here before?

Big synthesizers, funky 90’s Prince inspired drums and percussion glide off of Sky’s hauntingly beautiful voice for a vocal performance which is big, intentional and shows off an articulate and refreshing balance of technical and ability and raw emotion, both on “Breakdown” and throughout the album. “Breakdown” carries the album forward into more experimental ambient sections, such as the short but equally interesting “The Moon” which pulls sonic reflections from later classic “Translinear Light” era Alice Coltrane, Wendy Carlos, and contemporaries SPELLLING alike, while crafting sonic worlds yet to be heard or lived.

Photo: Avé-Ameenah Long

“Somewhere Over The Mystic Moon” seamlessly creates sonic spaces for us to enter and exit in nonlinear fashions. The dense, esoteric and warm electronic spaces throughout, seem to connect with the earth, the sky, and universes unexplored. SKY has created a sonic world where we don’t want to leave, and you shouldn’t either. India Sky makes big, powerful, emotional music and we’re here for it. Highly recommended. “Somewhere Over The Mystic Moon”is out Feb5, 2023 on Ratskin Records. You can preorder on Cassette tape, CD, and digital downloads here.


Bedroom Witch Shares Haunting New Single “Venus” Ahead of Album Release 11/4

Los Angeles, CA’s The Bedroom Witch has released her third single from the soon upcoming album “A Place Of Hurt” due out Friday, November 4th, a co release between Psychic Eye Records and Ratskin Records November 4th (happens to be the next #BandcampFriday as far as we can tell as well). The track is titled “Venus” and it’s a glistening, funky, powerful tale told through big, brooding percussion, funk laden bass synths, and lush, etheareal synths and strings dancing into the dark purple glow of the night.

The artists monumental singing voice leaks in and completes her complex and unique sound palette, and what a glowing palette it is. Her musical brush strokes paint the perfect melancholic fall sonic offering of intense serenity, reflection love, loss and regeneration.

Stylistically “Venus” pulls from the likes of dark, atmospheric synth vibes of later John Carpenter, Boy Harsher, Spellling and Profligate while casting layers of magical vocal layerings across the already flawless electronic productions, and although we can hear spats of these artists in her work The Bedroom Witch has created a nuanced sound all her own, which pulses throughout the four minutes of “Venus”.

photos: Bailey Kobelin

Huge orchestral plucks, thumping electro percussion, swinging, spinning synth lines and her beautifully refined orchestral voice gel together to create a foggy and futuristic back drop for The Bedroom Witch’s voice to tell all. If “Venus” is a tae of whats to come for the full album release of “A Place Of Hurt”, rest assured it’ll stay stuck on repeat for the rest of 2022 and well into 2032 for us. Listen to “Venus” exclusively here, and make sure to preorder the album here (Psychic Eye) and here (Ratskin Records) before it’s release on November 4th,2022.

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Mona Demone “S3RP3NT” is the funky, industrial laden disco record you need right now!

Something I discovered off the Bandcamp Album Of The Day column, this album has continued to grow and grow on me with every listen. The style is somewhere between psychedelic industrial, broken disco, minimal electronic funk, and a pop leaning take on EBM. “S3RP3NT”  offers us funky, syncopated beats, singing arpeggiated synthesizers topped off with a psychedelic and wavering vocal delivery that sits perfect on top of the mix. This record makes me want to move, even if I’m laying down as I was for the second listen prepping for this review, I found my body moving, almost uncontrollably. Style wise, “S3RP3NT”  seems to pick up where “OP3NDOORS” left off, which you can listen to on Mona’s bandcamp here. ”S3RP3NT” sonically visits several different worlds however the album feels unified and cohesive in both its sequencing and overall vibe.  Flickering, funky and unique drum lines create a solid base for Mona’s army of warm, buzzing analog synths to build emotively rich sonic worlds filled with musical surprises and emotional offerings in nearly every bar. Mona’s music is emotionally dense, rewarding, and something that will not be leaving my playlists anytime soon. 

MONA DEMONE ( states “The songs of “S3RP3NT” are meant to be anthemic. Trans people don’t have enough anthems and we deserve to be celebrated. We break barriers simply by existing as our true selves.  I want these songs to lift us up, to celebrate us, to dance, to connect and to dive deeper into our transformations. Let’s grow our roses now while we are still here. Make the soil rich and send it forward. “

Mona’s music is original, timeless and refreshing in a world littered with music and art geared for instant gratification. “S3RP3NT” offers something new with each track and each listen and the listener will continue will be rewarded with sonic and magical discoveries throughout the album. The tracks on “S3RP3NT”  flow together and create a narrative for the listener to navigate through while the warm, analog tones peek out of the speakers and transport us into 1986 in a musky, underground, sweaty dance club in a post apocalyptic decaying world. Favorite tracks are “WAV3RAV3” and “WHOREZ” You can order MONA DMONE “S3RP3NT” from Ratskin Records here and I highly recommend you do.