The Underground Forest - Vol 3

Some of the very best alternative releases for our ongoing series The Underground Forest - escape and explore other landscapes and dimensions in your mind.

Featuring nimf, Berry Galazka, Greentea Peng, DJ Sabrina the Teenage DJ, Mallrat, SOARER, Soccer Mommy and マドロスMERCURY

By Eimear O SullivanMusicngear Editor

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nimf - A Ballad for Looking into Time

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Become swept into the magical forest-like landscape of A Ballad for Looking into Time.

Sit around the campfire in this fantasy landscape, while gentle, folk anthems are hummed and sang. A lute gently comes in; and you ease into your lush surroundings. However, the ambience and music slowly become more and more surreal; and you realize you have entered a portal to an ancient world of otherworldly creatures, one you thought only existed in folklore and fairytales; and a deep sense of eerie unease sets in.

A Ballad for Looking into Time is the first piece in NIMF's new project: The Oneiricological Sireonscape; Oneiric meaning dream-like and dream-states, and sirenoscape meaning the mythological siren tied with a soundscape.

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Berry Galazka - Dream Caused By The Flight of A Bee 

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Berry Galazka is back; and more glorious than ever. We open with a furious wall of punk guitar textures; before gliding into a smooth beat with Galazka’s impeccable flow, before ascending back into punk influenced chorus with a flawless, hypnotic hook. 

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DJ Sabrina the Teenage DJ - Under Your Spell 

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A lush, magical bed of 90s and early 2000s culture; in music form. Treat your mind and your ears, sit back and revisit the worlds of your childhood favorites. 

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Mallrat - To You 

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To You is the newest release from the Australian artist; and it is gorgeous.

It opens with a chorus of reverb soaked vocals; before a warm, hazy electronic bed of instruments come in, on top of which a haunting vocal line glides; rising into a divinely dreamy chorus that brings to mind the likes of Tame Impala. 

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SOARER - untitled intro

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There is nothing I prefer more than searching Bandcamp for new electronic/post-internet/mallsoft releases; as I see them as a form of virtual reality exploitation in audio form. ‘untitled intro’ is taken from the Peru based artist’s album ‘the essence of our existence’; it is surreal, dreamlike and thoroughly immersive. 

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Soccer Mommy - Shotgun 

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I first discovered Soccer Mommy during lockdown; the first song of hers I came across being 2018’s ‘cool’; and the alt 90s feel resulted in me instantly becoming a fan. Shotgun opens with 90s rock laden textures, before entering a gorgeous chorus, sprinkled with a wall of glistening vocals that sound like they could be from a memory.

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マドロスMERCURY - 100 Reasons

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A deeply hypnotic meld of lofi vaporwave electronic perfection. Flawless

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Greentea Peng - Your Mind

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Greentea Peng is another artist I came across during lockdown when the kaleidoscopic visual delight that is the music video for Nah It Ain’t The Same was recommended to me on Youtube. Your Mind opens with celestial, heavenly textures; featuring glittering harps and a chorus of vocals, before entering into a grunge influenced verse, featuring soulful strings soaring over the gorgeous vocal harmonies. 

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About Eimear O Sullivan

Eimear Ann O Sullivan is a multi-genre music producer, audio engineer and vocalist. After receiving a Masters in Music Technology from the CIT Cork School of Music, she went on to operate as a producer under the name Blakkheart. Her releases have received critical acclaim from Ireland's biggest music publications, such as District Magazine and Nialler9, alongside receiving heavy commercial radio airplay. She currently works in Cork recording studio Flashpoint CC. Previous clients of hers include the likes of Comedy Central’s Dragony Aunt star Candy Warhol, rapper Darce and Outsider YP. (Photo credit @Fabian Boros)

Contact Eimear O Sullivan at eimear.o.sullivan@musicngear.com

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