The English psychedelic-garage band Virgin Kids release their début LP Greasewheel on the 11th of March.
Drifting across the room Cracks In A Colour, the second of the eight tracks on the album, begins life as a slowly paced kaleidoscope of shimmering echoey reverb, which during the course of its journey finds itself switching pace prior to building towards the climactic conclusion of a blaze of hurtling, slightly out of focus figures, rushing out of the door.
Blondblackblonde is a musical trio based in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Band members Micah Kessel, Matīss Čudars and Lennart Heyndels are active musicians in different musical scenes of various genres, namely jazz and free impro, classical music and opera, folk rock and singer-songwriter music, thus the sound of blondblackblonde has elements of all the above mentioned musical genres, but music labelling is the last thing they wanna do.
Vocalist Micah comes from NYC where he has been active as a classical singer in various classical music chamber ensembles and operas, while regularly stretching his abilities is poem writing and song writing. For the last decade he’s living in Europe, making musical, visual and dance artworks.
Guitar player Matīss comes from Latvia and has been involving himself in the jazz and free impro music. Graduate of Amsterdam Conservatory, Matīss has released his solo album “Melancholia“, touring Europe as a solo artist, sideman of various improvised music projects and the leader of his own “Matīss Čudars Quartet“.
Belgian bassist Lennart is a various award winning bass player with a strong root in experimental jazz music. He is most notable for his leadership of the rapidly thriving three female voice and bass band “How Town“, where Lennart challenges his compositional abilities and combines them with somewhat simple singer-songwriter spirit.
Blondblackblonde is the combination of these 3 elements. They’re interested in stretching the boundaries of instant songwriting, often taking a song just as a framework for lots of musical surprises and spontaneous interactions yet to come.
Blondblackblonde was one of the finalists of the BOS-showcase-contest in Belgium and will be on the BOS-vinyl that has its release on Record Store Day April the 16th 2016.
My thanks again to Sarah for making the time for her weekly view of musical prowess in The Benelux.
From the LP 37. which is available on bandcampErotica 8×8.
It has been five years since the Welsh synth-wave outfit – Masters In France last featured.
Masters In France
A new single is being released today – Vaporise. The delay in updating any news about Masters In France has been their extended break.
Slimmed down from the quintet to the trio of Ed Ellis Jones, Sion Ed and Matthew Ellis Sayer the music has become, if anything, more expansive with the electronics forming billowing clouds which surround a luscious beat and pulsing bass through which the voices glow.
Masters In France have always given themselves space to create their sounds – it took two years for their first EP – Inhale – to surface and although word last arose in 2013 of an LP in the offing, there was the caveat added – ‘not sure when this will be released’. Whilst I hope the new single marks a return to material surfacing from Masters In France, I equally don’t anticipate Vaporise to be followed up in short order, though do look forward to it.