Fathead – What I Need – Video

Fathead the indie rock band from Germany haven’t been letting the grass grow under their feet since I last posted about them back in June 2012.

Fathead

Fathead

A five track EP – War Inside My Head was released in October and a video for track two – What I Need – was made available yesterday.

War Inside My Head – EP – Fathead is available on iTunes*.

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Slack Armada

Slack Armada is the Chicago, USA, ambient electronica creator Jim Hrabak.

Slack Armada - ambient electronica from the USA

Slack Armada

Dreamy synthesis combines with guitars that waft in and out of the soundscape giving the ambient sounds something of an experimental shoegaze feel. Hitting play gives the listener a sense that they are donning a cashmere coat as the gently flowing sounds softly emerge from the speakers lazily drawing across the room before delicately washing over the ears.

The loops which frame the tracks are intriguingly, fairly short stems, which allows the languid harmonies to seem further extended, giving the resulting output a constant motion akin to the sea lapping at the shore-line. Whilst the core sounds of individual compositions are repetitious, there are sufficient transitions and reinterpretations to keep the material dynamic and by coming back to tracks further inferences are identified.

The eponymous début four track EP by Slack Armada, which came out in October, has the feeling of a two part storyline, with the opening sequences very much electronics drive, whilst the second half opening with a more guitar focussed sound and concluding with a more evenly balanced combination of the two, including a rephrased section from Evita, or is that just my ears?  Hrabak has some interesting ideas running through his head and it will be good to hear more in due course.

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Oli Spleen – Brother Let Me Live – Video

Oli Spleen from England has another offering of a video from his twelve track LP Fag Machine.

Oli Spleen - Brother Let Me Live

Oli Spleen – Brother Let Me Live

On this occasion track four – Brother Let Me Live – in an LP which excoriates considerations of suicide, blisters and HIV/AIDS in a no holds barred release.

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Aaron Poehler & Ryan Tully-Doyle – Sleeper – Audio

Aaron Poehler & Ryan Tully-Doyle from the USA have coalesced to release a new eleven track LP Dietrich – set for release on the 18th February.

Aaron Poehler & Ryan Tully-Doyle

Aaron Poehler & Ryan Tully-Doyle

Having had the opportunity to wallow through the release, I can recommend this for a listen when it is finally made available, for now, here is the opening track, which resonates of the album with baritone vocal and swirling music – Sleeper.

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The Piccadilly Teardrops

The Piccadilly Teardrops from Sheffield in England is the dream synth duo of Kid Faces (Vocals / Keys / Guitar) and Dean Honer  (Keys / Percussion).

The Piccadilly Teardrops dream-synth from England

The Piccadilly Teardrops

Take a deep breath and join The Piccadilly Teardrops in a journey submerged in fluidity. The viscosity of the music makes axle grease seem as though it is filled with grit and the two experienced players proffer a synopsis of the world which is cloaked in a velvet smoking jacket.


My only sadness is that I have to emerge for breath from time to time as the material in their début eighteen minute four track EP – My Family Of Ghosts, which comes out on the 22nd January washes over my body.

Big looping electronics coat the room whilst honing the listener towards a fusion of instrumental and vocal which, no matter how hard the arms attempt to embrace the compositions, are always just a tad out of touching as they glide effortlessly out of grasp. The duo have developed a sound which envelopes the listener in a balm of unctuousness that you just never want to end.

Does this translate to live performance? Most certainly in the right room this a band to see live with others, but don’t expect them to be appearing anywhere to close to you too often, if The Piccadilly Teardrops have their heads screwed on, as without sympathetic acoustics and sound engineer who knows the difference between reverb, echo and damp, the whole point is lost, but in the right venue – I can envisage a crowd braying for more. This is music to share and I do hope they are able to find venues with the right ambience as this is where they will gain the wider recognition they deserve.

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