Jasmine Sokko – H2O – Single Review

The Singaporean melancholic-synth creator Jasmine Sokko released the single H2O on the 16th.

Jasmine Sokko

Jasmine Sokko

Theoretically H2O is a track I should be running to the hills to get away from, however, as regular readers know compositions dripping with sadness are likely to catch my attention.

I equally ask you also to set aside the cynicism you make have of the surface to allow the underlying weave of the composition, lyrical content and expressive vocal to wind its way around the room.

Although H2O is only Jasmines’ second single she has, demonstrably, an innate ability to bring together the emotional context of the song with the tools to hand, that no amount of time sitting in a lecture theatre and ‘learning by experience’ will ever equal.

Written from the perspective of being surrounded by a society of rigid norms which bear down like a vice to stultify any sense of much other than ‘behaving appropriately’ resulting in a life where chasing dreams is perceived as an abomination and even more sadly unlikely to ever achieve the promises laid out as the prizes for ‘doing the right thing’ and, to me, H2O adroitly encapsulates those thoughts aurally.

Whilst, simply for musical style, an artiste to whom I will probably not return – I wish Jasmine Sokko every success for the future, as she deserves it and a creator I anticipate you will hear much more of in the mainstream, so long as the breaks, so sadly needed in the music industry, come her way.

Thank you for doing what you do Jasmine and please keep on doing what you do.

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The Vinyl Records – Turbulence – Audio

The Vinyl Records – an alt-rock band from India – are due to release an as yet unnamed LP next month.

The Vinyl Records - Turbulence

The Vinyl Records – Turbulence

The Vinyl Records have featured on the site frequently since 2013 always producing a fiery new-wave burst of sound. In the track Turbulence from the forthcoming album, there is a more mellowed flow to the material and it will be interesting to discover if this marks a new direction of travel.

Turbulence features Kartik Pillai from Begum on vocals, another band who have regularly featured.

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MONO NO AWARE – 井戸育ち (Well Brought Up) – Video

The Japanese indie quartet MONO NO AWARE release their début LP 人生、山おり谷おり (Life, Mountain Valley) on the 2nd of March.

MONO NO AWARE

MONO NO AWARE

The first track to appear from the forthcoming album is the buoyant and sparkling effervescence of  井戸育ち (Well Brought Up).

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For Tracy Hyde – あたたかくて甘い海 (A Sweet And Warm Sea) – Video

The Japanese indie-gaze quintet For Tracy Hyde were in the New Year Ninety.

For Tracy Hyde - Photograph courtesy of Kodai Kobayashi

For Tracy Hyde – Photograph courtesy of Kodai Kobayashi

From the LP Film Bue – the eleventh of the fourteen tracks – あたたかくて甘い海 (A Sweet And Warm Sea) which resonates of their gauzed sounds.

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‘Les Paul’s’ (The Paul’s) – A Thousand Eyes – Audio

The England originating Israel / Switzerland based alt-rock duo ‘Les Paul’s’ (The Paul’s) released the LP A Mile Until Dawn on the 18th.

'Les Paul's' (The Paul's) - A Mile Until Dawn - artwork

‘Les Paul’s’ (The Paul’s) – A Mile Until Dawn – artwork

The dozen track just under seventy minute album takes the listener on an aural landscape of intrigue and discovery.

As regular readers know I am a punk rock vocalist from the ’70s and to me a song that lasts more than three minutes seems like an idea I couldn’t sustain, yet, within A Mile Until Dawn lay two tracks heading towards seven minutes long, with eight of them longer than five minutes  – and the duo are able to have me thinking – ‘well they could have run for longer without me gritting my teeth’ as ‘Les Paul’s’ (The Paul’s) invest in each piece many ideas, yet none of them extravagant or extraneous and there is nothing that could have shaved from any of the compositions that would have done other than to detract from their value.

My selection from the album is the third – A Thousand Eyes.

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