KatjA Luhtala – I Was an Immigrant Too – Audio

The Finnish alt-rock creator KatjA Luhtala is putting final touches to her new LP.

KatjA Luhtala - photo credit - Viva Granlund

KatjA Luhtala – photo credit – Viva Granlund

A song to surface in the past day is I Was An Immigrant Too, which will be on the album. Released as a demo track by KatjA earlier than planned due to coming across an incident of racial abuse she witnessed, that so incensed her, she felt putting the song out early was the best way to respond.

With a style some-what different to that of the previous material featured by KatjA Luhtala since her introduction in 2013 – how could I not be smitten by the reggae sounds and sentiment of – I Was An Immigrant Too.

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Electric Eye – Bless – Video

The Norwegian psychedelic-drone quartet Electric Eye will be releasing the LP Different Sun on the 5th of February 2016.

Electric Eye - Different Sun - artwork

Electric Eye – Different Sun – artwork

From the seven track album – Bless is a number drenched in reverberating guitars and expansive keys which, like a pall of joss-stick smoke, floods the room in scent. The listener can feel themselves drifting into an induced mind altering ebb and flow of hazy reality and fantasy.

Teeming with ’60’s and ’70s reference points, Electric Eye are nonetheless able to deliver, in Bless, a track that has a sense of the here and now as the quartet provide the audience with music that strips out much of the whimsy of source material without loosing any sense of the hallucinogens.

Bless – Single – Electric Eye was released as a single on the 25th and is available on iTunes.*

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Nature Channel – Rabbit Starvation – Video

The English garage-rock trio Nature Channel were introduced earlier this year.

Nature Channel - Rabbit Starvation

Nature Channel

From the LP Nature Sounds, Rabbit Starvation, the last of the dozen tracks is just under two and a half minutes of burring fuzziness that whistles around the room gathering up everything in its path and hurtles it into the air in a good natured embrace like a puppy falling over in greeting and the listener can’t but help to get caught in the moment.

After calm restores itself to the room the audience finds themselves wreathed in smiles at the whirlwind of joyous playfulness that is Rabbit Starvation.

Nature Channel have the knack of making even the worst days seem lighter and Nature Sounds, is well worth adding to the pick-me-up playlist.

Nature Sounds – Nature Channel is available on iTunes.*

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Jeebus – Christian Boy Goes to Hell – Audio

The Philippines instrumental-metal trio Jeebus release their début LP 2005 – 2015 on the 28th.

Jeebus

Jeebus

Long in gestation after, as you will have guessed by the album name, ten years of consideration Jeebus have finally relented and made a release.

From 2005 – 2015 – Christian Boy Goes to Hell has been advance released, which showcases the extemporized nature of the material and hence the reluctance of Jeebus to commit to recording over the intervening decade. With fortune, for those of us not in the Philippines we are able to sample the purity of the creativity of a band who long time ago gave up on discovering a vocalist to join them and put their heads down to creativity, now with the self-belief to decline any invitations by vocalists to audition.

With the confidence to play out melodrama without the expected voice Jeebus have developed an intuition for melodic input without ever loosing the unravelling fulmination of the genre.

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The LVE – Closer – Video

The LVE, an alt-electro-rock sextet from Belgium, release their eponymous LP on the 1st of December, with a release show at Het Bos in Antwerp (Belgium) on the 11th of December.

The LVE - eponymous LP - test pressing vinyl

The LVE – eponymous LP – test pressing vinyl

Closer is a track that cajoles the listener into a calmer space as the material drifts around the room in spiralling wafts of blue smoke caught in the sunlight and the mind becomes intoxicated by the elegance of the fusions of sound.

Unlike the Emperors Clothes Closer, the fifth of the eleven tracks, is not naked vanity rather a sound with much to enlighten the day.

Having had the opportunity to take a listen to the complete LP, which ranges across a spread of barriers, from ’70s surf to matriculation, the album has much to offer and will, if the world of music has any magnetism towards jurisprudentia, afford The LVE a far broader global reach.

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