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"The wait for a new Gnoomes album has certainly been worthwhile." Echoes & Dust
Gnoomes latest album 'Ax Ox', is released today!!!
'Ax Ox' is available on ltd edition 'Blue Swirl' via the Bandcamp link below, or you can pick it up the ltd 'Oxblood Vinyl' from your favourite record shop:
As musicians across the world have watched the last decade systematically eating away at the infrastructure by which they pursue their art, triumphs against adversity have sometimes entered the realm of cliche . Yet few bands have undergone quite the travails that Perm, Russia’s Gnoomes have on the road to the release of their latest album.
From such traumatic circumstances, with the band having overcome the stress of a pandemic, illness, depression and serious turmoil in their home country to reach a point where they can offer their music to the world, have arrived a kaleidoscopic and questing vision shot through with potent melancholia and strident optimism.
'Ax Ox' runs through a gamut of vibrant emotion across its eleven tracks, from the elemental blast of kraut-pop that is ‘The Neighbour’ to the crystalline and techno-fied ‘Loops’, and across moments of jarring and skewed ambience such as ‘Mirror’ and ‘The Bridge’. Here the component parts that have always made up Gnoomes’ fresh and wide-eyed aesthetic - dreampop radiance, bold electronic experimentation and the propulsive motorik drive which moves them onward – are rendered still more vivid and transcendent, the product of a band unafraid to cross boundaries in pursuit of catharsis by any means necessary, and one still hopeful in spite of all that fate can throw at them.
Gnoomes have announced a series of live dates:
22 Mar / Northampton / The Black Prince
23 Mar / Newcastle / Cumberland Arm
24 Mar / Manchester / Low Four
25 Mar / Sheffield / Delicious Clam
26 Mar / Birmingham / The Night Owl
29 Mar / Norwich / Voodoo Daddy's Showroom
31 Mar / London / Strongroom Bar
01 Apr / Bristol / Crofters Rights
25 Apr / Le Mans / Brasserie Septante Deux
26 Apr / Angers / Joker’s
27 Apr / Tours / Le Bateau Ivre
28 Apr / Nantes / Lune Froide