Music is often about timing and the US nu-disco duo The News with the track Young, released within the past four hours, hits the sweet-spot.
Warm enough to begin a Friday dusk with gentle flow, without already closing down Monday morning dawn – Young evokes of a coming forty eight hours of stress free promise, whilst not getting ahead of itself and over assuring.
Subtle brushes of synthetics sweep the room in gentle embrace whilst layered vocals caution of impulsive reaction, without overbearing the listener, as within the hush of the just under three minutes composition is a temptation of tenderness and connection, tempering any remaining solipsism in the audience whilst ascribing of mutual respect and consideration.
Combining drifting melodies with a critical view of the imbalances of society Bad Wave are able to deliver music which is both lyrically perspicacious and aurally engrossing with the listener having the feeling they have unbeknownst partaken in a lustrate experience.
1955, that was revealed earlier in the month, deploys retrospective contemplation inside a late ’10s sentiment to deliver a song which gently drifts around the room as the hushed composition unfolds with the harmonics lingering long after the track has faded away in to silence.
I look forward to hearing more of Bad Wave in short order.
Softspoken – the US alt-indie quintet released the EP Pathways on the 17th.
The closing track of the five – Close To Me – is the most melody driven track on the release and potentially sets a slightly different navigation for future material as Softspoken display a more expressive and atmospheric soundscape than their music previously featured.
For those who read the previous article there will be a stark difference prior to listening to the music – from a band who never uses capital letters to a band who only use capital letters.
OXBOW have been around for many a year though it is over a decade since their last LP and THIN BLACK DUKE, on the basis of the first track to surface, COLD & WELL-LIT PLACE, will be something to eagerly add to the ‘music for grown-up moments’ playlist.
COLD & WELL-LIT PLACE has an expansive flow which is bounded within a corralling drum-kit enabling the mesmeric guitar and expressive five string bass room to shine, without ever becoming lost in their own disportment whilst the graceful vocal spills dulcet tones through the ears.
All that made 2 Tone Records such a great label back in the ’70s and ’80s is contained within the just over three and a half minutes of Lazy Susan.
Underpinning the track is a soul reference point from which the dance steps evolve and the listeners finds themselves swaying across the room in unfettered abandon as trombone, trumpet, synths, bass, guitar and a plethora of vocals skip through the ears in a fusion of inclusiveness, which in 2017 is a sorely lacking commodity.
Allow yourself some space – stand up – turn up the volume – then hit play – and dance.