The Swiss psychedelic-rock band Dirty Sound Magnet release the LP Western Lies on the 12th of May.
Dirty Sound Magnet – Western Lies – artwork
Rather than taking the listener on a gentle glass-eyed ride, Dirty Sound Magnet are a band who are politically charged – and that of course is one reason why I enjoy their output, along with the quality of the work – as they cast wary eye on the world around and the listener feels they are on some sort of a nightmare of a trip as the dystopian template spins around the head.
From the twelve track album – Homo Economicus – which is the fourth.
The Swiss ambient-electronica project 50in15 was introduced last year.
50in15 – Giant
With an unstoppable flow of new material constantly surfacing, the latest track Giant is a four and just under a quarter minutes of darkness that minds of watching a storm brewing in a distant valley from atop a mountain with the track developing ever more layering as it progresses whilst a triphop beat pulses away in the depths of the evolving composition providing the core around which the billowing textures revolve.
The Switzerland, Norway split hypnotic-electro-rock duo Lethe release the LP The First Corpse On The Moon on the 24th of February.
Settle back in a comfortable spot and allow your mind to wander while listening to the title track and sixth of the ten on the approximately fifty six minutes album.
The hypnotic blends of instrumentation and electronics hypnotise the mind as the duo of voices slow down the synapses whilst the listeners limbs ease into a weightless and relaxing catatonic state. Once agility has slowly returned to the physical being, sensory functionality remains pleasingly softened.
The England originating Israel / Switzerland based alt-rock duo ‘Les Paul’s’ (The Paul’s) released the LP A Mile Until Dawn on the 18th.
‘Les Paul’s’ (The Paul’s) – A Mile Until Dawn – artwork
The dozen track just under seventy minute album takes the listener on an aural landscape of intrigue and discovery.
As regular readers know I am a punk rock vocalist from the ’70s and to me a song that lasts more than three minutes seems like an idea I couldn’t sustain, yet, within A Mile Until Dawn lay two tracks heading towards seven minutes long, with eight of them longer than five minutes – and the duo are able to have me thinking – ‘well they could have run for longer without me gritting my teeth’ as ‘Les Paul’s’ (The Paul’s) invest in each piece many ideas, yet none of them extravagant or extraneous and there is nothing that could have shaved from any of the compositions that would have done other than to detract from their value.
My selection from the album is the third – A Thousand Eyes.
The Switzerland based ethereal-synth creator DALLAN releases the single Me&My Love on the 27th of January.
The quietly delivered just over three minutes song glides imperceptibly from the speakers prior to taking flight and soaring above the listener in waves of captivating quietness and control, much like an Owl in flight, as the synths and instrumentation flow betwixt each other, from which the enchanting vocal feathers its own thermal current as the audience transfixes on the enticing spectral luminosity that slinks around the ears.
Me&My Love is a welcome follow-up to the early 2015 LP – Decade – and one can only hope this intimates of more music surfacing during the course of 2017.