Within the past dozen hours the Canadian swing-rock outfit From Gemini released their eponymous EP.
Tipple the speakers to upper volume to best enjoy the output as registers of upper notes and lower beams sling their hooks across the room in a luxurious soundscape of finely fingered twitching guitar notes which slip inside and out of meandering octave and delay pedals giving the music considerable direction of travel as the thumping percussion and bass threaten to break the sub-woofer through which the vocal fights for space for its own intervention – though far from sounding like an idea of disparate concepts – it all lays in narrative which has the listener entranced.
From the EP the second of the five tracks – Better Days.
The US trippy-rock band Paralon Security are due to release the LP Gravity Wave in July.
There are numerous tracks which have surfaced over the past couple of months, each bringing a new idea to the table and able to stand alone its own feet and marking an album full of individual diamonds. My preference of which – is not the newest to be revealed.
The title track Gravity Wave has a sultry hip thrusting intonation that is best heard in company with at least one partner as oiled loins intertwine to the psychedelic just under five minutes of undulating guitar and electronica. If there was ever a track that needed an extended version to satiate the induced lust – this is a prime example.
You may instinctively have thought that a single review meant that the track lasted for around three minutes or so – however those who have been with the site for a while do know it is possible to hit play, cook supper, eat the meal and still have time to relax with a cup of coffee before the song has finished – this is one of those occasions.
Just over half an hour of extemporised psychedelic jazz-hop trickles through the room in Bullet Proof Shoes (available on bandcamp) in a track that has a dark air about it reflective of the parlous state of social cohesion which exists throughout the globe, evoked visually by the release artwork of the unlaced footwear which stands as powerful an image as if they were depicted tied over hanging cables.
Night Hikes is the dreamwave duo of Olivia Godby and Matthew Farrell from San Diego in the USA.
I feel as though I have suddenly become a religious zealot confessing their sins in the hope of redemption as for the second time in the past twenty four hours this is featured with an apology. It was back in January that Night Hikes first made contact and even the follow up exchange of emails result in me only getting back to this half a month late. I am sure you are less interest in my ever present administration errors than the music…
…With around three quarters of an hour of music to hear Night Hikes offer compositions that, akin to drifting clouds on a summer day, cast only a hazy shadow on the listener as guitar, bass, synth and percussion gently flow through the room in melting layers of texture whilst the hushed vocal caresses the ears leaving the listener becalmed and bewitched by the luxurious softness of touch of the compositions.
Night Hikes are not a band to play as you rush for the daily commute, rather far better to lounge with when time is not of the essence to fully enjoy and experience the silky webs of the songs.
The US indie-rock quartet Fame On Fire released the EP Transitions on the 19th.
Fame On Fire – photo credit mamamaysa
An intriguing combination of heavy-metal and indie-light tumbles out of the speakers and yet, rather than sounding like a bad idea inevitably going to end in a car crash, the elements line themselves up in good order leaving the listener in the juxtaposed position of playing air-guitar and head-banging whilst skipping happily around the dance-floor and calling for more.
From the five track release Another One is the second.