On the 2nd of February 2018 the US retro-rock project Gyasi will be releasing the LP Peacock Fantasies.
The first song to surface from the album has also been released as a stand alone single, which is the last of the six tracks on the LP – Sugar Mama – that spears directly out of the golden age of UK rock’n’roll with its glittering bravado and unfettered self-confidence underpinned by technical competence – as the listener is minded of Marc Bolan.
Other than head to the make-up bag to paint the face my only other advice being ensure the air microphone is to hand to accompany the music and turn up the volume – then hit play.
The US rock quartet Mobilities released the single Built From The Ground on the 15th.
Allow me to assist, when you hit play, no need to do as I did – check for a fault with the foundations of the building or contemplate – perhaps an earthquake? – as the speakers teeter and topple.
It really is the superb crunching drum roll, courtesy of Derick Thomas who can be found working with as little as the sparsity of a couple of toms, one hanging the other floor, a snare, a bass-drum and a ride and a hi-hat, that is causing all the damage – and that is even before everything in the band gets in to full flow.
A well balanced bass adds the to the sense of the room falling down around the ears, whilst meticulous guitar is able to give Built From The Ground (available on bandcamp) an unexpected spaciousness to the liquefying mass while vocal adds yet another dimension as it appears to surface at a completely different pace giving the single an all engrossing multitudinous layered texturing that will have the listener reaching for the replay button immediately.
Word also arrives that an LP – Time Hasn’t Swallowed Us Yet – is due for release on the 23rd of February 2018 – I find myself already wishing away January.
Formed at the tail end of last year, with their first gig in April this, they released their début EP – Faraway – this month.
Although not having played as a unit for long JSP is made up of a group of experienced musicians, which is self-evident in the four songs on the EP as, there is a confidence and ability that attests of a band who know what they are about whilst being equipped with the songwriting skills and musical prowess to be able to deliver their vision.
The audience is immediately struck by the influences of both ’70s heavy-rock and Factory Records releases of the ’80s with the music flowing through the room as though carried on drifting smoke whilst JSP build layers of interweaving texturing to the unhurried compositions in to which the listener finds their pulse slows to match the pacing.
The new release (available on bandcamp) finds Absent Minded Professors in a different frame of mind than music of theirs featured previously with a searing heat burning out of the speakers as the high-impact rock fires through the room. That isn’t to say the layering of earlier material has disappeared as in addition to delivering punch they are also able to vary the dynamics within tracks to create a sound which has a slightly psychedelic flow.
The title track and first of the five on the EP – Flushed – serves as a good introduction to the ensuing texturing within the complete release.