Garage Sales – Simple – Audio

Garage Sales is a US alt-folk duo.

Garage Sales

Garage Sales

Earlier this month they released their eponymous five track EP (available on bandcamp).

Combining keys and guitar Garage Sales are able to travel a surprising wide soundscape from whimsical to melancholic and the alternation of the two voices adds to this breadth of output, resulting in an EP in which the audience finds much to hold attention.

The closer is Simple.

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Gilbert Cormier – Trial & Error – Single Review

The Canadian electro-harmonics Gilbert Cormier creator revealed Trial & Error within the past twenty hours.

Gilbert Cormier

Gilbert Cormier

Like an earworm – having played the one hundred and thirty four seconds of Trial & Error it will inveigle in to the brain long after it should by rights have disappeared. Akin to the ’70s 8-bit analogue arcade game Space Invaders – the flashing green pixels fixate the mind and focus. Those not of such long teeth may need to do some research on 1978 and Space Invaders – though before you do – do take a listen and the whole analogy will make more sense.

Very much performing in the underground – I am unable to offer you a website or meaningful social media page for Gilbert Cormier.

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Rare Monk – Happy Haunting – Audio

The US indie-glaze quartet Rare Monk release the LP A Future on the 7th of July.

Rare Monk

Rare Monk

A ten track album (available on bandcamp) which has a sophistication to it, though is able to steer clear from sounding as though the audience needs to be well pressed shirts to listen to, as inside the ‘music for grown-ups’ they are also able to let the frayed edges peer through the output and although it is music for the smart end of town, it doesn’t sneer at those who aren’t intending to drink over-priced cocktails.

The opening number – Happy Haunting – combines elements of trad-jazz, with indie-dance resulting in a track that the listener can engage with from a variety of perspectives.


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Dethrone The Sovereign – Torch of Prometheus – Video

The US prog-metal quintet Dethrone The Sovereign release the LP Harbingers of Pestilence on the 28th of July.

Dethrone The Sovereign - photo by Chris Darnell

Dethrone The Sovereign – photo by Chris Darnell

The hardcore headlong rush is tempered by a complex undertow of instrumentation and synth allowing the quintet to take the listener on a journey of multi-dimensional layering.

From the forthcoming album – Torch of Prometheus – is the sixth of the nine tracks.

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The Missing – Culver – Audio

The Missing is a US hard rock quartet.

The Missing

The Missing

After a break to deal with the realities of day to day life The Missing got back together just over a year ago and this month released the LP They Live which is available on bandcamp.

An eleven track album which was recorded with everyone in one room together and little post production aiming to capture the essence of the sentiment of the release which reflects of the problems that led to the extended break. Despite the personal nature of the soundtrack the listener doesn’t sense they are being drowned in self-pity, rather a narrative of which they can draw parallels to their own lives. Despite being rusty there is little doubt these are capable musicians as rather than sounding like a band who have cut their first recording in five years the LP feels as though this is a natural continuation of where they left off and the intervening years were just imagined.

The roughly forty two minutes LP is a showcase in driving rock as percussion and bass never relent their hold on the speakers, with guitar providing the distinctive nature of the individual tracks threading from crushing riffs to spacious chords with vocal ranging through roaring growls to quiet commentary.

Welcome back to The Missing who as the album title informs – They Live – and I look forward to coming back to them later in the year.

The  penultimate track is Culver.

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