The Piccadilly Teardrops from Sheffield in England is the dream synth duo of Kid Faces (Vocals / Keys / Guitar) and Dean Honer (Keys / Percussion).
The Piccadilly Teardrops
Take a deep breath and join The Piccadilly Teardrops in a journey submerged in fluidity. The viscosity of the music makes axle grease seem as though it is filled with grit and the two experienced players proffer a synopsis of the world which is cloaked in a velvet smoking jacket.
My only sadness is that I have to emerge for breath from time to time as the material in their début eighteen minute four track EP – My Family Of Ghosts, which comes out on the 22nd January washes over my body.
Big looping electronics coat the room whilst honing the listener towards a fusion of instrumental and vocal which, no matter how hard the arms attempt to embrace the compositions, are always just a tad out of touching as they glide effortlessly out of grasp. The duo have developed a sound which envelopes the listener in a balm of unctuousness that you just never want to end.
Does this translate to live performance? Most certainly in the right room this a band to see live with others, but don’t expect them to be appearing anywhere to close to you too often, if The Piccadilly Teardrops have their heads screwed on, as without sympathetic acoustics and sound engineer who knows the difference between reverb, echo and damp, the whole point is lost, but in the right venue – I can envisage a crowd braying for more. This is music to share and I do hope they are able to find venues with the right ambience as this is where they will gain the wider recognition they deserve.
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Electric Eye is Øystein Braut (Guitar / Vocals), Njål Clementsen (Bass / Vocals), Anders Bjelland (Keys) and Øyvind Hegg-Lunde (Drums) a space-rock band from Bergen in Norway.
Time is the prerequisite when settling down to listen to to Electric Eye who have some tracks extending to over nine minutes. The psychedelic ambient drone sets a mood for the brain to wander off on flights of fancy as the sounds permeate the head with a gently shifting fulcrum.
Although lengthy, the music is well spaced, with a constantly shifting pattern leaving the listener oblivious of the duration, rather, immersed in the combinations of keys and guitars which break gently around the room. Electric Eye may well produce material which makes it easy for the listener to become inwardly focussed, the mind is also able to retain a compass on the music wafting through the head.
The very nature of the compositions makes these extended tracks wander over vast swathes of ground, but rather then seeming as self-indulgent flights of fancy, they have the feel of numerous individual pieces melting one into the other with the resulting experience being one of a continuum of sonics extending across time and space.
A début LP, the seven track forty fie minute Pick-up, Lift-off, Space, Time (which is available on iTunes*) was followed by a wide ranging European tour in the autumn and should set the groundwork for a strong follow-up.
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Harry Gump from Rottenburg an der Laaber (you just knew that had to be in Germany) is Harry plus players as and when needed for live and recorded performance – an alt-folk songwriter.
There is so much to enjoy here with Harry Gump – I am not sure where to start….
The frayed jeans – growling vocals sprawl across the room. The smart shoes – a clear and well structured out-put. The T-Shirt – an edge of friction. The well tailored jacket – the intellect. In summation, unhappy perspectives of the world around, set to a smart compositions.
Perchance, I was drawn to look out of the window to spot a flock of Seagulls (not the band) arguing with a murder of crows over a feeding spot, whilst both considerate of Red Kites who have recently be reintroduced into the area and I found myself listening to a sound-track that fitted the moment.
Whilst Harry has an excellent grasp of English, I do believe the vocals would be enhanced by being written in native German, where the juices could flow more naturally, though I do understand why the delivery is in English. I do hope that Harry Gump decide to revert to the home language and at that point, we may well find iconic ’60s pioneers of agit-folk would have a run for their money.
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The Izers, an indie-rock band from Mantova in Italy is Mat, Corrado, Fede and Simone.
It took a while for my ears to adjust to The Izers as they are still finding their direction of travel, working with many different sounds including references to that nemesis of mine – begins with the letter after T and has a number which is the sum of 40 – 38 as the second part of their name – I just can’t bring myself to type it – still…. there is far more than this to The Izers.
Standing in the middle of the park The Izers deliver well formulated sounds which will have resonance to many, my preference being, of course when they dirty it up a bit. There is little doubt the quartet are able musicians who know how to put songs together and deserve to do well, it is more pertinent as to where they finally set their sail of travel as currently the music is more of a mix-tape of sounds, all played very well, but still – not a signature sound that audiences can grab hold of.
A year behind them, the players work well together, delivering arching compositions that display instrumental competence and the ability to write songs. I was able to find a track I particularly enjoyed. Whichever path they follow, I wish them all the best and if they are able to develop the confidence in their own skin, I am sure much more will be heard of The Izers.
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What, Really? is an indie band from Brennero in Italy comprising Ale, Manga, Robbé and Paz.
Very easy on the ears, What, Really? is more importantly a quartet who is able to take the plain and add toppings of tastiness. The band who introduce themselves as power-pop were inevitably listened to with ears uninterested and the opening few bars of the first track of their debut EP certainly didn’t fill me with much more enthusiasm. Perseverance paid off and I came to the meat and grist of the music, which is blend of pop ballads, combined with brit-pop and american indie-pop and the combinations make sense.
What, Really? place store on the clean lines of the vocals and manage to add some entertaining guitar effects to provide music which does hold the attention of the audience. Just over a year into their existence the music is undoubtedly a sound that resonates across the audiences, with appearances across Italy and an appearance in the UK. A line-up change in September 2013 will allow the band to add more depth to the out-put.
Not for my everyday playlist, but I am quite certain What, Really? will appear on other peoples, once they have had the opportunity to hear the music.
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