The English new wave quartet Swears released the single Faith In The Nation on the 5th.
14 hole DMs are the prerequisite footwear priot to hitting play and starting to pogo – oh and then hit play… Faith In The Nation is a feisty track in which to clash safety pins and bondage straps with an accompanying audience on the dance-floor as the sarcastic lyric swathes through the ears whilst unremitting bass pummels the jawbone while the pulsing drum-kit switches between snare and a bass-drum you just know isn’t going to stay its anchors whilst an unexpected duo of rhythmic guitars swagger through the room in flashing strobes of shimmering layered melody, giving Faith In The Nation a zingy melodic twist.
The Australian alt-folk creator Madi Leeds released the EP Spinning on the 10th.
Don’t go anywhere near the play button before finding some dayglo socks and equally garish brothel creepers and as you make your way back to the turntable – ensure you have left space behind you to stretch the limbs and sway with the breeze.
A five track album of sonorous landscape which wends its way through easy glide to full on stomp. The fulcrum around which everything revolves is the alluring vocal which akin to a powerful magnet draws the listener to its unseen, yet, irresistible gravitational force.
The closer – Water To Me – is the bounciest track – rockabilly too and therefore necessarily my pick of the release.
Beach Of Diamonds – photo credit – Anastasiya Fedotova
Their latest reveal – Summer Ends – is appropriately named for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere though I have to note that today, as I type, is bright and sunny with windows and doors flung open resultingly the song suits the day like a bespoke fedora.
An easy to digest composition, which nonetheless contains a stray thread or two for those who like music with a touch of abrasion, Summer Ends is a track that invites the listener to cast aside dark countenance and enjoy the sprightly party mood with the trio.
The Romania / England based metal trio HateviruS are finalising details of the release of their début LP Hateful Mind.
Sprung from a narrative of disappointment about the unnecessary divisions and expressions of hate prevalent across much of the world HateviruS deliver a fury of dark metal appealing for a fight-back against messages of exclusion and intolerance.
The latest track to be revealed from the album – ArchiteKt oF HatE, available on bandcamp as a stand-alone single, contemplates that it is easy to be sucked in to the wall of hate and gain a sense of tribal identity by joining in with sneering derision and resultingly loosing ones own moral compass.
On the 27th the German alt-rock septet Hills Like White Elephants release the LP Ages.
Hills Like White Elephants
Each of the ten songs on the album (available on bandcamp) offers a different perspective of the varied crystal that is generically named ‘rock’ in compositions in which rather than using the multitude of players to add either volume or confusion, they are able to better articulate the complexities of their thought process, leaving the listener pleasurably supping their way through a bottle of Danziger Goldwasser.