Παύλος Παυλίδης (Pavlos Pavlidis) & B-Movies -Μια Πυρκαγιά Σ’ Ένα Σπιρτόκουτο (A Fire In A Matchbox) – Vinyl
From the dozen tracks on the album, the second Έλα Κοντά Μου (Come Close To Me), floats around the room in a surprisingly up-tempo canter, given much of the previous material. The combinations of electronics and strings weave around each other akin to oil and water, being brought together by the distinctive vocal allowing Παύλος Παυλίδης & B-Movies to generate intensity of passion with the brief, just under three minute, composition.
The Danish industrial rock quartet Childrenn released the LP Animale earlier this month.
Childrenn- Animale – test pressing
The first of the six tracks – Handcuffed scatters out of the speakers in a whir of heavy machinery prior to settling into slowly evolving psychedelic tinged rock. Childrenn allow their ideas to grow almost organically and the just under four minutes are filled with revolving expanses of similarity, much like thunderclouds billowing in a storm.
Handcuffed is the shortest track on Animale, less than half the running time of the longest, but sets a good stool as to what is to be expected on the Childrenn début LP. The fact that these are experienced musicians from established bands is clearly reflected in the confidence of the out-put, yet they refrain from becoming aloof and offer up some refreshingly new ideas through the album.
The Icelandic dream-synth trio Vök were initially introduced in 2014.
Vök – Waiting – artwork
Their latest single Waiting once again finds Vök smoothing out the creases of the day in their idiosyncratic style.
Waiting feeds its way into the room in a mellowing fusion of electronics, before generating a head of steam as a rounded beat treads the floorboards and the dreamy vocals breathlessly embrace the listener.
The subtle echoes gives Waiting its other-worldly sense, while the looping electro-drum-pad gives the track a gravitational pull back to earth, which enables Vök to provide the audience with a space in which they can relax and fall-back onto the outstretched arms the trio proffer through the composition.
Vök are able to utilise the electronic kit to generate sounds which don’t jar the body into activity, rather hypnotically becalm as though in a darkened floating chamber.
The Scottish alt-rock project Girobabies were introduced at the tail end of last year.
A live version of the fifth of the ten tracks on Who Took Utopia (available on bandcamp) – Late Night Sketchy reminds me exactly why they were the Editor’s Choice for Band Of the Month in December 2015.
The unhurried delivery and immense range of texture and ideas in the track holds the attention whilst an ever present back-drop of percussion ensures the thread of travel is focussed as the vocal lays like a darkening cloak of foreboding in which the listener can wallow in abject misery.
Surfacing in A Coruña in Spain is Xoel Diamante (Guitar / Vocal), Juan Corredoira (Guitar), Pablo García (Bass) and Nicolás Cotelo (Drums) who form the prog-rock band The Sonic Headlight.
The Sonic Headlight
There is an angularity to sounds which emerge from the speakers that make you immediately take a glance to check there is a sense of the perpendicular to the walls and a set square to the ceiling and much like those degrees of error, so The Sonic Headlight invest into their sounds inflections which give the material its resonance.
The Sonic Headlight explore the imperfections of the eight note scale and investigate the differences between 432 and 440 Hz tuning to deliver music which always seems out of kilter, but is more exact than the division by eight can provide. Like an algorithmic table the further up and down the scales the band ranges, so the music bends more inwards as the log tables exaggerate the aspects of simple scales which cause those with auditory OCD to recoil when hearing most compositions. Perhaps more appropriately as a genre definition – ‘log-scale reproduction for those with sensitivity to Hertz irregularities in standard scaling’.
The début LP by The Sonic Headlight – Take #1 was made available last month and can be ordered on bandcamp.