The English electro-wave creator Talk Less Say More released the LP Bonfire Night on the 21st.
Talk Less Say More
Throughout the approximately thirty eight minutes, eleven track, album (available on bandcamp), the listener is minded of the synthwave of the early ’80s of melancholic perspective with many tracks drawing references by title or structure, though never sounding like a pastiche as the compositions lay in moments of the 21st Century and an LP to be enjoyed at full volume to garner the pleasure of the speakers wandering around the room and hairs waving in the breeze.
My selection is the middle number – 3am Phnom Penh – which pulls in, to me, all the best reference points of the earlier influence which equally cast warning eye on the previous four decades experience, whilst now delivering a refreshing gambit that elucidates precisely how little much has changed in geo-politics in the intervening period.
The English ambient-rock collective Future Sound Cartel released the single Faking Music on the 21st.
Future Sound Cartel – Faking Music – artwork
Best not to hit play if you are about to head to something requiring adrenaline as to enjoy the song to fullest extent you will need time to allow the day to continue at unhurried pace for quite some time after the conclusion of the just under four minute composition.
Harking of reel to reel tape recordings Faking Music (available on bandcamp) has the warmth that comes through analogue recording in a track that drifts lazily through the room in an ambient psychedelic combination of synthesiser, guitars, percussion and multi-vocal that leaves the listener calmly reposed in a state of subjective intuition as the brain slows down to the weaving textures that flow through the ears.
The English dark-blues duo Black Severn released the LP Wild Interior earlier in the month.
The seven track, approximately thirty five minutes, album (available on bandcamp) holds the listener in a vice-like grip through its duration as the combinations of guitar and percussion, like fencers, duel with each other giving the compositions a constant sense of thrusts and parries with the softly measured vocal providing an absorbing counter-weight.
The dour countenance of the soundtrack never looses intrigue as within the compositions, which run from under one minute to over eight, are in constant flux, with each offering something quite different, as Black Severn cast a wary eye on events, reflecting in their output the tumult of world affairs.
My apologies that this article is late, as I was originally alerted to Wild Interior, back in March. My selection on the LP is the penultimate track Dustwun.
With just a couple of tracks around, that I have been able to hear, the most recent of which Mona Lisa was released as a single earlier this month digitally and the two tracks will be available as a 7″ AA side Vinyl on the 28th, I am already looking forward to hearing more.
The duo are able to belie the sparsity of players as the music is steeped in thick, soft, piles of texture. It is of little surprise they are keeping themselves busy on the live circuit as their ability to know one end of a song from the other enables them to encircle the listener in a melting flow of music that courses its way through the arteries, slowing the heart-beat and relaxing the mind with their dreamy delivery.
The English dark-hop outfit Ceiling Demons are currently putting together an LP for release later in the year.
Ceiling Demons have no concern in bringing in unexpected instrumentation to add the appropriate atmosphere to their compositions and from the forthcoming album – March Forward (available on the NARC. eleventh birthday compilation LP via bandcamp) – brass gives the track its sombre tone in a eulogy of loss within which the catharsis finds, in the latter part of the track, bowed strings marking a change in sensibility with brightly sparkling keys also surfacing as the composition concludes with a sense of acceptance and optimistic renewal.
Having also had the opportunity to take a listen to their catalogue which dates back to 2012 – and it is worth time so doing – (available on bandcamp), as Ceiling Demons have grown in self-belief and ability, so their music has equally developed greater confidence and stature.
As more detail of the forthcoming LP surfaces, I will aim to keep you informed.