The English electro-wave creator Talk Less Say More released the LP Bonfire Night on the 21st.
Talk Less Say More
Throughout the approximately thirty eight minutes, eleven track, album (available on bandcamp), the listener is minded of the synthwave of the early ’80s of melancholic perspective with many tracks drawing references by title or structure, though never sounding like a pastiche as the compositions lay in moments of the 21st Century and an LP to be enjoyed at full volume to garner the pleasure of the speakers wandering around the room and hairs waving in the breeze.
My selection is the middle number – 3am Phnom Penh – which pulls in, to me, all the best reference points of the earlier influence which equally cast warning eye on the previous four decades experience, whilst now delivering a refreshing gambit that elucidates precisely how little much has changed in geo-politics in the intervening period.
A raw garage rock starting point is tempered by slightly ironing out the fuzziness, giving the material a tropical summer beat in which the listener is invited to to join in with an encircling beach party as the prominent spokes of the drum-kit drive the footstep.
From the nine track album (available on bandcamp) my selection is the middle track – Swirling Dopamine.
The New Zealand alt-folk creator Re:Gretabull releases the single Strangers on the 5th of May.
For those who already know Greta Bull-Crossan from previous releases you will find a very different soundscape from previous material as Strangers compacts the open fret-work to deliver a more synth laden track.
For those who don’t know Re:Gretabull of pivotal point in the music is a singular voice which is able to wrest emotional context, without ever becoming saccharine, from the driest moment with a luscious softness to the vocal no matter where it is in pitch, enabling the compositions to unerringly extend across keys, both minor, major and octaves, leaving the listener in rapt attention.
The English ambient-rock collective Future Sound Cartel released the single Faking Music on the 21st.
Future Sound Cartel – Faking Music – artwork
Best not to hit play if you are about to head to something requiring adrenaline as to enjoy the song to fullest extent you will need time to allow the day to continue at unhurried pace for quite some time after the conclusion of the just under four minute composition.
Harking of reel to reel tape recordings Faking Music (available on bandcamp) has the warmth that comes through analogue recording in a track that drifts lazily through the room in an ambient psychedelic combination of synthesiser, guitars, percussion and multi-vocal that leaves the listener calmly reposed in a state of subjective intuition as the brain slows down to the weaving textures that flow through the ears.
The US retro-rock project Trapper Schoepp releases the LP Bay Beach Amusement Park on the 2nd of June.
Trapper Schoepp – Bay Beach Amusement Park – artwork
In an homage to the one hundred and twenty five year old amusement park in Wisconsin, at which Elvis Presley purportedly found enjoyment – hence the retro-feel of the compositions, with tracks named after rides.
The penultimate of the six songs – Bumper Cars leaves the listener happily stepping around the room.