The Czech Republic / China based black-metal duo Kosmogyr released their début single on the 25th.
Quiescent (available on bandcamp) is a cement liquefying just over six minutes of roaring menace. Opening with quiet harmony the listener is lulled in to a sense of security, until suddenly, like a car suffering from turbo lag a pulverising roar hurtles in to the room careening in a menacing furious pace. As the ears become accustomed, so, the slowly paced guitar melodic structure emerges from the throbbing tumult giving the sense of running at two distinct speeds and marks the track for its ability to deliver the unexpected whilst the distorted vocal provides these two elements in Quiescent their cohesive quality.
News also arrives of an LP due for release later in the year.
Those of longer stay will perhaps recall a Czech Republic and China tie up, based in Shanghai in the form of Death To Ponies – Ivan Belcic is the common thread.
M4REKG is a Czech Republic scourge-rock solo project.
Finalising details for the début LP Singleton – That Feeling – the first track to surface from the album cleans out the speakers far better than a dusting will ever do as the vibrating bass-lines shake the foundations to the accompaniment of synthesised harmonica – yet rather than feeling estranged the listener finds themselves drawn in towards the rattling speakers as vocal breaks to distorted low note syncopation and gradually everything clears to a clarity of landscape and one finds themselves peering towards horizons afar with a partly-shaded sunlight warming the pores.
It is the ability of M4REKG to bring together disjointed ideas which flow naturally in to the ears that marks Marek out for future reference and I look forward to capturing the album and his future career.
Latimer House based in Prague in the Czech Republic is an indie-rock outfit comprising Joe Cook (Guitar / Vocals), Anar Yusufov (Keyboard / Vocals), Mike Jetton (Bass) and George Kominek (drums).
An immediate lifting of the mood is palpable as Latimer House swirl around the room with their lightly textured sounds. The quirky material reminds me of the many reasons to be cheerful as the quartet deliver highly effective unpretentious music that can’t help but raise a smile.
Combining influences both geographically and time-wise, Latimer House, whose players come from England, The USA, Canada and Azerbaijan enables them to provide sounds which transcend specific boundaries. Whilst the music is fleet of foot, the lyrics are of darker subjects and this combination enables the listener to gain much from the experience of sharing their company. The tracks are straight recordings with no fancy production techniques, which gives them a warming texture and enables those who don’t have the opportunity to see them live, feel that the music is a personal delivery, not a dispassionate mix of digital techniques.
As regular readers will know I spend more time falling out with PR firms that giving them credit, however, for a change – if you are in a band. Blue Soap Music is a new PR firm to me and by the quality of their introductions thus far, which provides plenty of information combined with a fascinating roster of bands from around the world, they are a firm I recommend making contact with if you are after effective PR hence three bands posted in the past thirty-three hours, two of which have been full band reviews.