The English ethereal electronics creator Moon Zero was introduced last year.
Moon Zero – eponymous LP – artwork
Building on the formations of the two previous EPs Loss and Tomb, the newest eponymous release – an LP – came out last month continues to provide the listener with organically developing blends of sounds and techniques, wrapped inside a mournful, dystopian soundtrack in which the mind becomes entranced.
From the album, the penultimate of the half-dozen tracks – A Bevan Rotation.
Sawing their way out of Birmingham in England is the electro-fuzz trio of Charlie, Rob and Dean who form Tiny Rockets.
With material dating back three years, taking the time to thread through the back-log of the catalogue of Tiny Rockets is well worth undertaking.
The sagging bass strings which feature throughout the path of Tiny Rockets, can’t do anything other than charm my thoughts. An ever present obstinacy of percussion maintains the momentum, whilst electronics weave a path into the brain like a gnarly hornet. Scattered vocal pits around the room in scattergun and the audience is left to thrive in the ricochets which whirl around the head.
Tiny Rockets do not seek to assuage the listener in their frontal lobotomies of sound, merely asking for trust that it will work and they are like skilled practitioners of neuro-surgery as after a treatment under their drill-bit there is nothing but a sense of the nucleus accumbens having been massaged and the mind is left with intense pleasure.
Released on the 7th was their latest, just under 40 minutes, LP – TinyRocketsRgo – a superb place to start if you are not already familiar with Tiny Rockets.
From Colchester in England surface SURGE an indie-rock band formed of George King, Alan Jones, Billy Fenton and David Smyth.
Getting together in April of this year SURGE have established a local presence, which is expanding like ripples across a pond with their intensely packed songs. Although I have only had the opportunity to take a listen to four of their tracks, the brief journey in sound finds the quartet able to deliver both acoustic tipped tenderness and tightly strung temper, both with equal aplomb.
SURGE are able to create, in the audience, a feeling of ‘life is good’ as their catchy sounds skittle around the room. It will come as no surprise to regular readers, that I enjoy the quartet most, when they are crack-along mood, when to my view they really come to life.
Set for release on the 14th of September is the two track single LOVEBLOOD, the B side of which I Don’t Know What You Think About Love, surfaced a few hours ago.
SURGE is a band to get to know in their early sages of development and I look forward to being able to follow their progress over the coming years, as they have much to add to the richness of the world of music.
Earlier on this year a group of experienced musicians – Tom Rhyland (Vocals), Dan Buckland (Guitar), Joe Southin (Organ / Piano), Nick Mailing (Bass) and Matt Banham (Drums) got together to form the Home Counties, loosely pivoted around Bedford in England, based melancholic-rock outfit The Passion Bearers.
The Passion Bearers
Like a drifting pall of fog The Passsion Bearers wrap the listener in an ethereal discombobulation.
The exemplary deployment of the keys to create the atmosphere, without taking over the mantelpiece, allows the quintet to produce music that resonates of turmoil, yet through the smartly composed and delivered constructs there is a vaguely burning candle to which the mind can fixate. A tumbling percussion bounces around in the background, giving the material a surprisingly spritely tilt, accompanied by a mesmeric droning bass, to which the guitar provides the narrative between the instrumental elements. Rounding off the sound is a gothic, half-spoken, ghostly vocal.
The Passion Bearers are a very welcome addition to the world of music and I look forward to getting to hear far more than the four tunes by which I have had the opportunity to be chilled.
Their début single The Hours is scheduled for official release on the 2nd of October and I am already hanging on the future releases by the quintet – A ‘must add to the collection’.