You Win Again Gravity from Windsor in England is the alt-rock quintet of Jack Jennings (Vocals / Guitar), Daniel Dreelan (Guitar / Backing / Vocals), James Mackenzie (Drums), Johnny Bastable (Guitar) and Andy Janson (Bass).
You Win Again Gravity
A fascinating mix of thrash metal and harmony rock are merged by You Win Again Gravity which they deliver as a hybrid sound that radiates with both influences, giving the resulting material a distinctive musical space that will undoubtedly polarize opinion, which is no bad thing, as being prepared to make a statement is half the essence of rock derived music.
Although You Win Again Gravity has been around since 2008, they have had problems with defining a stable line-up, which has led to a fairly pedestrian development, despite being well received when they have been able to play live or release recordings.
With a new EP – the four track Brightly Coloured Landscapes set for release in February, which I have had the opportunity to hear, I hope they have are in for a period of calm, as the release, whilst sounding familiar to those who have heard earlier material, finds the band with a sharper focus and more determined sound.
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Cull, a dreamgaze outfit from Sydney in Australia is Chumpy (Guitar / Vocals), Solwat (Guitar/ Keys), Fraser (Bass / Vocals) and Julian (Drums).
Ambient distortion would also probably define the sounds of Cull who deliver dreamy textures which leave the listener unaware of the passage of time. Like a slow-motion reel the out-put equally slows down the brain to synchronize with the sounds. The floating half-distortion adds to the sense of the ambient surreal as guitars shimmer inside a veil of synths to beguile the mind to wander with the elegiac compositions.
Don’t anticipate being in a mood to set out on a run after spending time with Cull as the dreamy trance remains long after the music has stopped. The layering of phrases blending midway one into another gives the material something of a psychedelic touch, without it ever journeying into the overly hallucinogenic.
The craft of the quartet is to deliver fairly busy pieces which give the impression of being languid, which they achieve through the calm pacing of the tracks.
A début EP – the four track Bà Nội (available on iTunes*) which came out in mid-November, should see Cull start the new year in fine style.
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Zero Zero from the USA have a new release coming out on the 14th January.
Zero Zero + 1 is a follow up to their debut LP Mayday which came out in October.
The scheduled eight track LP is recorded live with the exception of one song You Know What To Do which has also just been set to a video.
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Solander from Sweden are gearing up for the release of their LP Monochromatic Memories.
In advance of the February release through A Tendervision Recording they have made The Woods Are Gone, a melancholic string led track available.
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Human Colonies from Bologna in Italy is the lo-fi shoegaze outfit of Giuseppe Mazzoni (Guitar / Vocals), Roman Dagner (Guitar), Davide Hare (Drums) and Sara Telesca (Bass).
Your speakers haven’t broken when you hit play, the vocal is that immersed by Human Colonies. There is an interesting trend developing in music of reflecting the realities of the world around where the voice is become ever more hidden, which to me is the testament of where the vast majority of the world now sits, unheard and irrelevant as politicians justify the ever growing excesses of the few in a cycle of contempt. But let’s leave aside my own perspectives, those who know the website are already well aware of where to find my writings as an anarcho-capitalist, who can find a political argument over a photograph of a carpet, so let us head back to Human Colonies.
I hit play and thought – no, but there was something hanging in my head then I hit play again and once again thought no – but still a nagging feeling then I hit play again and thought – yes I can contextualise this and music is all about personal connectivity, for me the connection is the washed away voices, for you it may be something else, but I do urge you to give Human Colonies a decent run out.
You can tell how new the quartet really are by their EP being named Demo and that isn’t short for demonstration. With some delight I find myself being able to interpret the sounds to a vacuum of Societal disconnect, which resonates with me, for you it may well be the shimmering guitars and mild distortion, however you approach it an interesting sound is emitted by Human Colonies.
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