The English alt-rock trio 45 release the EP The Tick Tock Man tomorrow.
The four track EP (available on bandcamp) is a more nuanced set of songs than music of theirs previously featured.
The lead acoustic on the closing track – Tomorrow – introduces a song that layers rock’n’roll inside a southern-blues framework to which the vocal is ideally suited, which finds the listener stomping alongside and is my pick of the release.
The Finnish dark-rock band Uptown Electronics released the two track single Crashin’ Slow on the 15th.
Uptown Electronics – Crashin’ Slow – artwork
There is a different layering than music previously featured which is evident in both Crashin’ Slow and the B side Release The Pressure where rock guitar architecture builds the scaffolding to the songs as the looming tracks darken the doorway.
These are capable musicians and I look forward to hearing more in the coming years.
The US alt-rock quartet Sixteen Jackies release the EP Movie Was Bad tomorrow.
Sixteen Jackies – photo by Carmella Maria
The second of the four tracks on the EP – VHS #1 (A Body) – was revealed less than a dozen hours ago.
Having had the opportunity to listen to two of the tracks, with each being of different countenance, I can attest on this basis that Movie Was Bad is something to add to the collection.
With the option of either the opening song You Came a luscious layering of gazey guitar led by a beguiling vocal or VHS #1 (A Body) to feature there is little possibility I would choose anything other than a track that has a bass guitar strung so loosely you can almost see the wires poking out of the speakers with the synth taking supporting role as guitar and percussion add a dark presence with the sparse vocal menacing the ears.
Good Times, a riff laden number, is the first track to surface from a forthcoming LP.
Blue Nation are able to balance heavy rumbles and shimmering highs delivering music in which the listener finds plenty to engage as the trio create, in Good Times, a song which although lasting only three and a quarter minutes is richly textured with varieties of emphasis keeping the audience fully absorbed in the unhurried eloquence.
Jaden Strong is an ambient-electronica creator from the USA.
A new project with only three songs to hear, none of which none is more than a matter of less than five days old, there is a succulent morsel on which to gnaw as the synthesised xylophone chirps through the room layered by a flattened delayed loop which re-imagines the percussion in liquid form.
By way of an introduction to Jaden Strong – Oxandra.