douglas alan font – pastel – Single Review

The US lofi project of douglas alan font released the single pastel on the 14th.

douglas alan font

douglas alan font

In pastel (available on bandcamp) on hitting play the room is shrouded in a dark introspective tale of internal turmoil which sends shivers up and down the spine as the eviscerating duality of vocals meanders through the ears as though trapped inside leaden boots sinking in to a pool of cement – with the listener being taken through flashes of life reflection spiralling towards ever more morose thought process, whilst in contrast the backdrop of music becomes more positive of mood, prior to finally depleting in to surfacing bubbles of final breath captured by spluttering keyboard resting to a silence that lingers in the mind.

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low horizon – Scary Bears – Audio

The US lofi quartet low horizon were introduced earlier in the year.

low horizon - photo credit - drones

low horizon – photo credit – drones

In their latest three track single Scarier Than Bears (available on bandcamp) low horizon approach their song writing with the to be anticipated zany and humorous subject matter while delivering an appropriately trippy soundtrack that takes the listener on a blurry magic carpet ride.

The opening song is Scary Bears.

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Car Seat Headrest – War Is Coming (If You Want It) – Audio

It has been over a year since the US alt-rock project Car Seat Headrest last featured.

Car Seat Headrest - Artwork by Remy Boydell

Car Seat Headrest – Artwork by Remy Boydell

With a slightly different sound to music previously featured the latest track  War Is Coming (If You Want It), available on bandcamp, is more of fused and anxious countenance in a track that reaches out to in a desire to create a more cohesive and mutually caring world.

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Evanoff – Crowd Control – Audio

The US electro-blues trio Evanoff will be releasing the EP Dark Before Dawn next month.

Evanoff - Crowd Control

Evanoff

The spacey, second of the four tracks on the release, Crowd Control works on a spacious canvass as the trio take the listener on a funky rhythm in a song that was inspired by travelling with Syrian Refugees newly arrived in to Europe and is reflective of the concept of the whole EP which aims to communicate on this transitional journey of simultaneously being haunted by recent experience whilst growing in optimism for the future.

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OVEF OW – Working – EP Review

On the 16th the US grunge quartet OVEF OW will be releasing the EP Working.

OVEF OW

OVEF OW

Opening the four track EP is Working Girl which grinds through the room minding the listener of stilettos needing a re-heel for too much walking as a flexing analogue winds through the ears to the accompaniment of the feisty thighs of bass and smeared red lips of vocal as the lithe percussion of calves wraps around the audience all in a snarling sneer, which in essence is the whole purpose of  Ovef Ow, who are able to take a scant view to the world around whilst simultaneously smooching – well worth the cost of the release on its own (which is available on bandcamp).




Next is Psycho Crush – a far darker number that bustles through the speakers in a duality of speed giving the song a discombobulation further enhanced by a bending vocal that minds of the distortions of a parabolic mirror.

The third song is The Whistler, which is a humming wurlitzer wrestling with guitar instrumentation with the percussion acting as referee and a song that requires immediately replay.

My pick of the release is the closer Working Boy – which bleeds in to the room on the back of an extended raw chalk-board screal that grates the teeth prior to developing in to a parenthesis of oiled flexing inner thigh fed through the guitar from which the scratching vocal gnaws the neck and the listener descends in to a vestige of their own existence and the audience becomes lost in their own deepest desires as synthetics and bass whirl temptingly around the mind in ever faster and more urgent thrusts of the hips prior to reaching a climactic rictus of growling self-loathing.

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