Chimpshed A.D.

Chimpshed A.D. is the psychedelic lo-fi duo of Richard Peacock and John Hancock from Wimborne Minster in England.

Chimpshed A.D. psychedelic lofi from England

Chimpshed A.D.

Newly exposed to the wider world within the past year Chimpshed A.D. have warmed the tones of the wandering sounds with the luxury of analogue, which in the age of ‘digital pretty much everything’ is bliss to aged ears like mine. This technique allows the duo to extract the full juice from the notes, which gives the resulting out-put a creamy frothiness in which the listener just wants to settle.


Both the keys and guitar are allowed to spray the room in kaleidoscopes of colours which wash like water-paints on blotting paper. Whilst Chimpshed A.D. allow the notes to meander, the audience is not left in a psychotropic haze, as there is an underlaying steadiness to the compositions which enables the duo to provide music that is fused into finely constructed pieces. Through the tracks a subsumed vocal is provided which plays as though an accompanying instrument adding an extra thread to the compositions rather than a focal point.

A nine track  eponymous LP – is a welcome launching pad for the duo. The tracks all retain the core sound, yet each uniquely spaced, with influences from different genres being given the Chimpshed A.D. treatment and I look forward to hearing more from the duo in short order.

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Fire Island Pines

Fires Island Pines an alt-indie collective from Wadebridge in England is Anton, Andy, Ben, Seamus, Simon and Tom.

Fire Island Pines alt-indie from England

Fire Island Pines

Fire Island Pines bring together jangly pop with trumpets and sympathy to deliver melodic twists and turns of tempered sounds that mercurially flow into the ears. The sextet build their music into generous layers which have a presence that is demanding of attention as the polarities of  the instruments and influences ease across each other in immersive combinations.


The bitter-sweet final product is finely balanced, with the out-put having a hazed delivery, which adds to the sensibilities of the music that Fire Island Pines creates. Despite the numbers of players, there is nothing over reached in the sounds, which find the players ably folding one into the other creating a cohesive sound that has a generous layers for the listener to consider.

As I comment, from time to time, I do always promise to get back to every introduction, though not always in a timely manner and it was back in June 2011 that I received the introduction. Somehow things do marry up as it was only towards the end of last month that Fire Island Pines released their début ten track LP – True Grit (which is available on bandcamp).

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OverClockWise

Jonathon Binns (Guitar / Vocals), Billy White (Bass) and Jazz Reeves (Drums / Percussion) combine to form the Barnsley, England based alt-rock band OverClockWise.

OverClockWise - alt-rock from England

OverClockWise

Like bubbling sludge OverClockWise seep around the room in a sheer delight of elasticated bass and guitar, whilst an equally flocculated humic acid vocal blisters the ears as percussion imperceptibly wends its way into the head. This is music to rattle your speakers and your bones in some pleasure.


The grungy lo-fi productions crawl inside the skin as OverClockWise explore the lower registers, which as you well know s the range I most enjoy, delivering songs which have an intensity that speaks volumes. Music is about connectedness, much like all art-forms and I find myself drawn to the hypnotic festering sounds that the trio produce. It is simple, menacing and well constructed, what more can anyone ask of a band?

Just over a year old and securing regular local gigs and with a couple of releases behind them, one a five track EP – Have You Ever Looked Up? (which is available on bandcamp), OverClockWise is a band that makes being a music reviewer such a pleasure and I hope they find the far wider audience they deserve.

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Valerio Lysander

Valerio Lysander originally from Italy now based in London – England is centred around Valerio Lysander accompanied by Rui Silva (Guitar), Joanna Roberts (Trumpet) and Andrea Rocha (Cello).

Valerio Lysander - avant-garde from England

Valerio Lysander

I always enjoy musicians who stretch the boundaries of probability regular readers will know and Valerio Lysander is a case in point and it is thanks to this sort of creativity that makes being a music reviewer such fun and unlikely a space, as were I not doing this, there is a ninety-nine point nine recurring percent probability I would never have come across it and more than that, I have the opportunity to share it with you and we would all have missed out.

Combining the classicism of Mahler and Cole Porter should in principle have me running for the hills, but instead I find an intriguing space in which to lay my head for a while. There is a haunting fascination to the resulting outpourings which discourse an impressionist perspective on the surrounding spaces in finely composed pieces of music.

When I find myself contacted by talented musicians and song-writers of which ever genre it is always a pleasure to invite you to spend some time to consider that which would, day by day pass you by. I extend a welcome to Valerio Lysander and thank you for doing what you do so well, adding much to the world of music.

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Whathappenedonthatisland

Whathappenedonthatisland is Jacob Whitcroft from Huddersfield in England.

Whathappenedonthatisland - a new project from England

Whathappenedonthatisland

Whathappenedonthatisland is a good example of why this website exists – still very much in formative mode, in fact it wouldn’t be far off to say this solo project doesn’t really exist yet other than in the minds eye of Jacob, but there is some music to hear and it does have potential and for that very fact deserves someone outside a close circle of family and friends to acknowledge its existence and give a thumbs-up.


An eclectic mix of experimental ambient drone is interspersed with humour and tangents and some pieces work well. In many ways I am reminded, both in band name in material to Lord Of The Flies by Golding. Most definitely not heading for the mainstream, Whathappenedonthatisland, is more a musical accompaniment to anxieties and confusion and for that very fact is a testament in the ability to transfer those perplexities to provide the listener with an unfolding journey. There have been a few other bands at various stages of development who have been reviewed who also carry out this autobiographical dialogue and as always I give full credit for allowing others into that introspection.

Does Whathappenedonthatisland have the legs to move forward? I believe so once a more focussed approach is developed, but for now that doesn’t matter and I wish Jacob all the best however he chooses to continue, what has already arrived is worth taking time to discover.

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