The New Zealand synth-wave outfit Glass Vaults release the LP The New Happy on the 12th.
Glass Vaults – Photo by @funkypancake
From the album – Bleached Blonde – is the penultimate of the nine tracks and allows the guitar, which is normally more submerged, to take a pivoting funk presence around which the synths revolve, giving the track a summer-evening vibe.
The Australian metal quintet As Paradise Falls will be releasing the LP Digital Ritual on the 21st of July.
As Paradise Falls
Pugilistic percussion and guitars launch through the room as snarling vocal joins in with the affray, though there is far more than ill-temper to the music. As Paradise Falls are also able to underlay the tracks with expressive melody and intonation with everything held in tight rein allow them to deliver compositions containing multifarious texturing.
The New Zealand alt-folk creator Re:Gretabull releases the single Strangers on the 5th of May.
For those who already know Greta Bull-Crossan from previous releases you will find a very different soundscape from previous material as Strangers compacts the open fret-work to deliver a more synth laden track.
For those who don’t know Re:Gretabull of pivotal point in the music is a singular voice which is able to wrest emotional context, without ever becoming saccharine, from the driest moment with a luscious softness to the vocal no matter where it is in pitch, enabling the compositions to unerringly extend across keys, both minor, major and octaves, leaving the listener in rapt attention.
Newly out of the blocks Shorts have started life concentrating on recorded material and their début EP Something Else is due for release imminently.
The first track to surface – Zyka (available on bandcamp) was made available on the 19th. Combinations of garage fuzz, rock riffs and grunge flatness are all wrapped up in the just under two and two thirds minutes track, leaving the listener looking forward with some anticipation to the full EP.
The Australian alt-indie trio The Shoeys are revealing new material with ever greater frequency.
The latest track to surface – Plastic Boys – has a slowly weaving guitar that forms the fulcrum of the song around which, like Newtonian mechanics, the other elements circumnavigate, giving the track the sense that everything is revolving at different speeds to which the brain gradually accustomises and everything aligns into a sense of retrospective psychedelia.