Maps And Plans – A Ghost Between Us – Audio

The Scottish alt-rock quartet Maps And Plans released the EP Hold Steady on the 17th.

Maps And Plans

Maps And Plans

Thumping out of the speakers like a prize-fighter launching an assault Maps And Plans make more than a slight nod to influences to mod in music that is tightly held together with a bursting energy that shakes the foundations, though they are equally adept at slowing down the pace to expose a softer underbelly

From the four track EP (available on bandcamp) the second A Ghost Between Us.

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Catholic Action – Propaganda – Audio

The Scottish alt-rock Catholic Action released the two track single Propaganda on the 5th.

Catholic Action

Catholic Action

A release with two distinctively different tracks, the B side – Sunday Driver, being a slowly-paced four and two thirds minutes southern-blues piece with the title track taking a faster tempo.

Propaganda – lasting less than two minutes is a track that skips through the room on breezy synth / guitar combinations with percussion pelting at a fair old tilt as the chanting vocal fades in and out of earshot.

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How We Got Giraffes – Honeypot – Audio

How We Got Giraffes is a Scotland based alt-rock quartet.

How We Got Giraffes

How We Got Giraffes

In addition to the various tracks around, word arrives of an EP out later in the year and these are a group of musicians to get to know in the early stages of their career. Their whimsical thoughts are gathered inside well structured and delivered compositions.

The most recent song is Honeypot (available on bandcamp) which is also their most fiery with a headlong rush of energy that grabs hold of the listener and pulls them to the dance-floor. The elongated guitar giving the song its infectious warmth and the bass its depth.

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L-space – Space Junk – Single Review

The Scottish dream-wave outfit L-space released the single Space Junk on the 17th.

L-Space - Space Junk

L-Space

The song is cleverly named and written as the dreamy synths are interspersed with distorted interference giving Space Junk a grainy perspective, that reflects both of nature of outer-space with the myriad of comets and showers of rock fragments, as well within the earths pull the many abandoned satellites drifting around earth yet, lyrically described, through the seeming clutter there is an unfathomable beauty and spaciousness that lays therein with the winding guitar calmly unravelling itself through the just over four minutes track evolving from an almost unheard addendum to a clear focus of energy.

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Ace Elementary – Do The Mutant – Single Review

Ace Elementary is a Scottish alt-rock quartet.

Ace Elementary

Ace Elementary

Relatively newly out of the blocks, given the handful of available tracks to hear Ace Elementary are a quartet to get to know before having to queue to get to see, as they are already establishing a solid live performance schedule.

Do The Mutant (available on bandcamp) is one of a couple of tracks that came out recently, which is a fair representation of their sound combining a buzzy garage guitar with the second six stringer levelling out the sound with melodic inter-play as the cleanly hit skins bounce around the room and a throbbing bass rolls through the bone structure all rolled out by delayed and echoey vocal.

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