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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Ellis Cloud – Born In The 20’s – Audio

The Italian indie-groove project Ellis Cloud released the LP Born In The 20’s on the 17th.

Ellis Cloud

Ellis Cloud

A ten track album which runs for roughly thirty two minutes and throughout its duration the listener can’t help other than join in with the beats whilst smiling broadly as Ellis Cloud delivers music to start the party. Of more import this is music in which the listener can glean both physical exertion and mental exercise as the one thing it isn’t is wallpaper paste.

Comprehensively written tracks are curled by complexities of instrumentation, changing pace and a expressive vocal in which the cerebrum can alight as well as the limbs; lungs and heart.

My selection being the ska booted, seventh and title track Born In The 20’s.

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