Ghost Nation

Ghost Nation from Stockholm in Sweden is the electro-goth duo of Micke Berg and Tomas Vasseur.

Ghost Nation

Ghost Nation

With only a couple of songs to hear this a duo who have much to offer and it is little surprise that they are fast attracting attention. Easy clips for mainstream radio dissection for those who like that sort of thing are equally served with plenty of texturing and layering for those of us who like their music to bite out of the speakers.




Their first offering Turn Off The Lights revolved around the circumference of ’80s synthwave of smoky layers of synthetics snaking through the speakers with the extended vocals floating across the room.

The second reveal – Your Final Kill – offering a darker countenance which finds the listener stepping in to a basement backstreet night-club festooned in gaudy flashing neon lights – only to discover the swirling loops of drum-pad lasso the ankles and immediately dangling upside down above a packed dance-floor as the breathy vocal spires in to the ears from below akin to siren calls of tempting promises.

It will be interesting to discover where Ghost Nation decide to travel in future creations, though the fact I am suggesting Your Final Kill as a means to get to discover the duo does indicate I am happiest in a sleazy club, which to regular readers will come as no great revelation, hoping to hear more of this direction of travel in the future.

Time will tell and as I have news I will endeavour to let you know.

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No Kill – Eddie Vedder – Single Review

The US grunge duo No Kill released the single Eddie Vedder on the 14th.

No Kill

No Kill

Drenching the room in guitars which sound as though they have been soaked in wet grass for a week there is a sublime whiff of damp meadows as the scuzzy guitars sheer across the ears to the accompaniment of pulsing drum that slaps through the ears as the shadowed vocal hovers above the fray like a condor hunting on the thermals in the Andes.

After a two year break since 2015 a couple of songs have arisen this (available on bandcamp) and one can only hope they are now firmly back on track.

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eyewash – purl – Audio

The English slogaze outfit eyewash released their début eponymous two track single yesterday.

eyewash - eponymous single - artwork

eyewash – eponymous single – artwork

An appropriately named outfit, who are a month or so out of the starting block,  as the listener does get the sense of blurry vision as shimmering instrumentation, fuzzy electronica, padded percussion and hazy vocal slowly rotate through the room binding the audience within a gently placed web of entrancing music.

The B side of the single (available on bandcamp) is purl.

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The Actions – Let’s Talk – Single Review

The Actions is a dark rock duo from England.

The Actions

The Actions

I found this morning an email laying in my email inbox from 2015 – sadly it is not alone – however until I have read an email it is never deleted and there is always the assurance I will get back to introductions as soon as I am able, though quite evidently not always as quickly as I would wish – so if you are in a band, have sent me an introduction but haven’t had a response, it doesn’t mean I can’t be bothered, it merely means I haven’t got to it yet. As I have also mentioned – from time to time my delay works out as reasonable timing and this being a case in point…

…Released on the 14th was the single Let’s Talk. A gloomy composition that fills the room with dark clouds as the speaker breaking bass thumps through the ears with the echoing guitar weaving silken threads as the slowly punching drums provide a menacing backdrop through which the distorted vocal menaces the audience.

Let’s Talk is available through I Give You Give with all proceeds being donated to Médicins Sans Frontiéres, Save The Children and Greenpeace Environmental Trust.

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Montes Jura – Lies – Audio

The Australian trippy-rock quartet Montes Jura released the LP Tempest on the 14th.

Montes Jura

Montes Jura

Melting shoegaze, psychedelia and blues in to their output Montes Jura deliver music which slips the listener in to a hypnotic trance as the slowly revolving hazy echoes and reverbs circle through the room.

The eight track album (available on bandcamp) has a jam session feel to it and my pick of the release is the third – Lies.

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