Denzil A.K.A. from Larne in Northern Ireland is the alt-rock musician Smout Martin who works with other instrumentalists as and when needed.
Covering much ground the music by Denzil A.K.A. is delivered as-though a full line-up giving the listener plenty to engage the ears. Mild distortion gives the material a slightly grungy feel which is enhanced by the faded vocals and one is reminded of a threadbare carpet, lived in and well worn, familiar yet always surprising.
Highly expressive tracks offer food for thought, asking more questions than providing answers, which makes for a refreshing change. On taking an extended run-out with Denzil A.K.A. the audience is left feeling they have attended a philosophical debate as the sounds weave a curvaceous path around the room focusing the attention to forgotten detail.
This is music to take your time with, as there is an almost hypnotic feel to the sounds and it is that continual – almost / similar to / reminds me of – which is the draw to the material.
I recommend settling back in a favourite chair and letting your mind wander with the out-put. I look forward to hearing more of Denzil A.K.A..
Heading, not for the first time, over to Skopje in The Republic Of Macedonia, on this occasion, to find the alt-rock quartet of Marko Dzambazoski (Lead Guitar / Backing Vocals), Marko Gapo (Lead Vocals / Rhythm Guitar), Liljana Jankova (Bass / Backing vocals) and Siniša Gjorgjević (drums) who make up Vizija.
Vizija ( Визија )
Turn up the bass levels, hit play and watch your speakers march across the room, as Vizija deliver their rumbling sounds. The tracks are steeped with discontent and malaise as the quartet deliver social commentary inside controlled and delightfully structured pieces. The power behind the material lays not in pure volume, rather in the brooding atmosphere the band creates and is a testament to their ability to compose and arrange music to maximum effect.
The additional guitar is used to add layers of texture to the lead guitar, whilst percussion and bass are given free reign to sprawl around ears, over which a pleading vocal reminds me of an aural definition of the 1893 version of The Scream by Edvard Munch.
With just over a couple of years behind them Vizija is a band who continues to have much to offer the world of music.
Once again, unsurprisingly, it is the thunderous bass that I find most appealing.
Stop Press! is Emma Hodgson (Vocals), Tom Salussolia (Guitar / Vocals), Aaron Tebano (Bass), Joe Riley (Guitar) and Ian Flynn (Drums) a ska outfit from London in England.
Stop Press! make for an interesting variation on the genre, with the spiky cut, off beat, cliff-edges having a feel of being ironed to a more gentle slope, a Northern Soul / Reggae combination, which captures the attention of the audience. There is an infectious warmth which permeates the music leaving the listener in a glow of feel-good after spending time with the quintet.
Keeping themselves active in the live scene they can often be found playing in and around London, alongside which, sporadically, recorded material is made available for more distant listeners.
Whilst I appreciate that EPs and LPs are out of vogue with many bands and buyers of recorded music, the music of Stop Press! seeps into the soul far more effectively on extended play and I hope they make more recordings and longer length releases as this is a sound that has a broad international appeal.
The Moon Kids is the psychedelic pop quartet of David Barr (Lead vocals / Guitar), Taylor Wright (Backing Vocals / Bass), Rory Buchanan (Drums / Percussion) and Magnus Collie (Guitar) from Fife in Scotland.
The Moon Kids
Giving psychedelic rock an upper leads directly to The Moon Kids who bring in a zesty fillip to a genre which can, in its most esoteric moments, become an unfathomable conundrum, not so with these guys from Scotland.
It would be possible to fill in paragraphs about how it sounds like this and that, but to do so would be to miss the point, what The Moon Kids have done is to bring in a wide range of influences to produce music which has a lightness of touch, whilst simultaneously composing material of originality.
The trippy infectious tunes sweep the listener in to a good space as they take the audience of a flight of fancy which retains an easy pivot point of acoustic and electric guitars around which the percussion / bass swirls in carefree abandonment and a lyric, which is slightly echoed, adds to the sense of a magical mystery tour.
Not to play if you are attempting to write a thesis on Greek Mythology, but for any other time of the day when you just need a pick-me up – The Moon Kids – should be close to hand.
Just over a year behind them and an LP set for release, their second year is looking set fair for the quartet.
Polymorphik Skyzophrenia is an electronica collaboration based in Rennes, France, between D.K. and lA pAttE nOiRe.
Of some long standing, as a collaboration, Polymorphik Skyzophrenia have five LPs behind them as they deliver conceptual electronica with a backdrop of industrial chaos.
Utilising created sounds to form their sonic interpretations of the world the duo emit a starkness within the luxurious textures, hinting at self-imploding structural edifices falling away. The music is experimental in feel, yet retains a sense of purpose and it the seemingly polar opposites of the compositions which make spending time in the company of Polymorphik Skyzophrenia moments well spent.
As much social commentary as free flowing creativity I recommend getting to grips with Polymorphik Skyzophrenia and this is a collaboration I hope will continue for some considerable time. Currently in disparate locations around the world, with a return back to Rennes plannned in the summer maybe we be given the opportunity to discover the next LP in the sequence, which I hazard a guess will be called – Acte VI.
All five of the current Actes are available for free download.