Dub Chieftain is an experimental-sonics project from Scotland.
The latest track to surface – Lighthugger, which came out a few hours ago disports of the searching mind of Dub Chieftain as analogue meets the latests electronics in a just over four minute collision of angles which, like suspended swaying crystals breaking sunlight into a spectrum of colours into the room, transfixes the mind.
Tom (Vocals / Guitar), Conny (Vocals / Keys), Clare (Bass) and Sebs (Drums) from London in England form the alt-rock band Useless Cities.
The ranging use of electric-piano gives the music an immediate space of difference and also allows Useless Cities to add depths of sounds to the output, which when combined with the two voices – which sometimes sing alone, sometimes in harmony and at others displacing from each other, equally enables them to deliver music with wide dynamic range.
It is the grounding of the drums and bass which pulls it all back to earth and gives Useless Cities their impetus, from which the guitar is able to explore the reaches between the two and the audience is left with music, that while compositionally complex, floats easily into the brain entrapping the audience on the journeys that lay within their songs.
While it must always be tempting for Useless Cities to extend the pieces into lengthy dreamy landscapes, they have, in the three songs thus far released kept them all within the three to four minute mark. It will be interesting to see if they do permit themselves to release one or two pieces that do extend far longer, as there is enough in the song-writing to be able to make for an intriguing run-out. Nothing at all is lost in the shorter pieces and with a world of minuscule attention span it makes perfect sense not to try it too often.
Formed last year Useless Cities are beginning to generate a live performance schedule along with having put out the three track single Stay. They are a quartet worth spending time to get to know and I look forward to hearing more of their music in the not too distant future.
The England based gothic-folk creator Lena Laki was introduced earlier in the year.
Lena Laki – Take Me With – artwork
From her début EP – the five track Take Me With (available on bandcamp) the middle number – Stab has the underlying darkness of the Lena Laki music previously featured, though with more extensive use of acoustic guitar there is, surprisingly -given the context of the song and haunting voice, a dappled sunlight that peers into the room.
a state called faith is an electro-wave project from Germany.
a state called faith
alone with me, released on the compilation LP Sore by Seja Records from The Netherlands (available on bandcamp) is the penultimate of the eleven tracks.
The room is blanketed in an enveloping luscious deep blue wrap of electronics as the emotional intensity of the voice wisps around the ears, marking a state called faith as an outfit I must come back to in short order.