Rupe Shearns – Trust Me – Audio

The contemplative-rock project of Matt Whyte – Rupe Shearns from the USA released the LP To A Deer Outside Ithaca on the 20th.

Rupe Shearns

Rupe Shearns

Necessarily, given the gestation period of the album, which first started its process four years ago, the album is of different moods and perspectives. However the starting point and theme of the LP, a contemplation of loss and ill-fortune, is never lost in To A Deer Outside Ithica and although the annotation is of bad things happening, perhaps due to its extended development rather than having the immediate dark-mood of the events the compositions are able to take a longer perspective and whilst still of sadness, it is more in the context of the dull ache and fondness of memory which time affords rather than of the painful grief of immediacy.

My selection being the second of the nine tracks – Trust Me.

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New City Slang – Johnny Johnny – Audio

The US new wave quartet New City Slang released their eponymous LP on the 20th.

New City Slang

New City Slang

A dozen track album (available on bandcamp) of furious temper and intricate webbing – with the genre of new wave regular readers will know it is not likely that I am going to say other than turn up the volume and add the LP to the collection.

New City Slang, however, are more than just a re-imagination of three minutes, three chord ‘late ’70s rock, rather a quartet who infuse their material with some inventive blues, timing shifts and are equally adept at delivering slower tempo pieces – with my pick of the release being one of those more involved tracks – the third – Johnny Johnny.

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Forest Porridge – Sleeping Underwater – Audio

The US mystical-rock trio Forest Porridge are finalising details for the release of the LP Penumbra.

Forest Porridge

Forest Porridge

A couple of tracks have surfaced from the album, the most recent of which is Sleeping Underwater.

The music drifts into the room as though borne inside a rolling mist. The muffled  composition has an ethereal presence as, although it never fully comes in to focus, the instrumentation and vocal holds the listener in quiet fascination prior to fading in to silence, leaving the audience with the sense they have been in the presence of a ghostly apparition.

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Nothing Casual – 394 – Audio

Northern Casual is an alt-rock trio from the USA.

Nothing Casual

Nothing Casual

Having previously performed as White Shade, the trio decided to have a rethink about their music and along with a slightly different sound they have been less rigid on structure – taking the opportunity to enjoy creating music and performing with the, appropriately titled, three track single Blank Slate, which was released earlier in the month, being their new sound, which has as root-stock combination of emo and the angularity of maths-rock in its genes.

The middle track is 394.

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Wonderscore – Dirty – Single Review

The English funk-hop quartet, Wonderscore, released their début single Dirty on the 16th.

Wonderscore

Wonderscore

Reflecting of a world in which opportunity for personal expression and development is curtailed by the heavy hanging curtains of proscribed acceptable behaviour patterns.

Wonderscore, rather than being stalled, seek to discover a different route by which to escape the drudgery, in a track that bounces from brick wall to brick wall and rather than becoming more flattened takes more optimistic tenor as the instrumentation and synthesis echo between multitudinous vocal, prior to descending in to a ridicule of the irrelevance of the parameters within which they are coerced to exist.

Too new off the ground to have a website or social media page, which is often the reality of Emerging Indie Bands articles – I leave you with the introductory track by WonderscoreDirty.

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