Even on a very sunny day Tin Men would cast a shadow over the sun as the intoxicating registry of darkness cloaks the listener in hypnotic layers of synth and guitar with scattered percussion glimpsed through the room as the seductive vocal entices the listener closer to the speakers.
There are rumours that The Girl Who Cried Wolf are planning to release an LP next year, with Tin Men pencilled in as being part of the album. The only sadness is that is now only April, so until more is uncovered Tin Men will have to serve as a taster to what is in store.
The Belgian psychedelic quintet Wooly Mammoths are finalising details of an EP for possible release in May.
Whilst much is tentative about the full details one thing that is assured is that Water Slide will be on the as yet unnamed EP.
A just under four and a quarter minutes of dreamy synth and guitar combinations which even through the speakers trace a sweet smelling smokiness that slows down the synapses to a more gentle pacing. The delayed echo on vocal is deftly framed by the punctuation marks daubed by precise drums, giving Water Slide a definition by which the whole composition is able to flower, like petals gently unfurling in Spring sunlight, elegantly and gracefully, yet, with purpose.
Unsanctify Me is the 17th single revealed by the Belgium based rock quartet Hitherside.
Regularly present on the live circuit Hitherside are still able to find time to head back to the studio to reveal new songs and deliver tracks of driving heavy-metal influenced rock to which they add their own flourishes, perhaps, due in part to their different backgrounds and influences with members coming from Belgium, The Netherlands and the USA, that, enables them to always offer something new for the audience.
Unsanctify Me, which appeared earlier in the week, is a furnace of guitar and instrumentation which breaks to strong melodies and pace changes over which the distinctive vocal gives the composition an expressive finishing coat.
The Belgian alt-rock duo Candlebags released the EP Voyager on the 8th.
Candlebags – Voyager – artwork
With each track on Voyager offering something fresh as is the wont of Candlebags who approach songwriting and delivery with a completely open mind, resultingly each composition having its own distinctive quality. The first of the five tracks Do That Thing having a vaguely garage-dance feeling.
The Belgian rock trio Firefang will be releasing their eponymous LP on the 13th.
The fuzzy barrage of sound that escapes in to the room on hitting play grabs hold of the listener and has them captivated by the Firefang offerings of rock ‘n’ roll and dirty blues.
Able to deliver sound in a blaze of speed as well as slowing the tempo the trio superbly control what could easily become a chaotic confusion which they turn in to music that holds the attentions and makes the audience look forward to catching up with more of their compositions.
Guitar can at one moment be bursting with distorted garage chords, the next delicately picking its way along the fret-board whilst vocal ranges from scratchy larynx to delicately pivoted ballad. The percussion equally runs between storming the gates and providing a measured framework for tracks. Bass sometimes takes the place of supporting pivot other times bludgeoning the eardrums.
Wherever they turn their focus in the roughly thirty four minutes ten track album (available on bandcamp), Firefang play a deft hand, with two guest instrumentalists joining in on various songs, keeping the listener enthralled.
My selection is the third and longest number – Waiting List.