Lucian – Drift – Audio

The US EDM creator Lucian released the EP Forever on the 27th in collaboration with other musicians.



With some fortune it has been drawn to my attention that within the past couple of hours the penultimate of the five tracks on the EP – Drift – (featuring Sleeper) has also been made available for streaming.

Don you dance party kit and head for early night club material to get you in the mood for more of what is to follow.

I am also alerted by Lucian there is more to come in the next month or so – keep your ears peeled.

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COLIC is the lo-fi-gaze duo of Jimmy Turner and Meghann Dyke recently relocated from Charlotte to San Diego, both, in the USA.

COLIC - lo-fi-gaze from the USA


Sallow melodies thread across the room as though ashamed to make an entrance as COLIC deliver music of the browbeaten realities of the 99% who are expected to aspire to their ‘betters’. Inside the fluctuating gait lies a steely resistance that gives the material its mettle which camouflaged by the rubbery texture will spike a shank into the unwary.

One can’t but draw reference to Winston Smith and Julia to extract the juices of the music as the trysts of inter-woven layering become ever more brazen the more that is heard and one is only searching for the LP named Room 101 to reach the anticipated inevitable conclusion. With some fortune COLIC have escaped the outer-reaches of the KKK in North Carolina and now find themselves ensconced outside WASP territory and safely landed in the relative sanctuary of the State of California and the listener can imagine a less toxic ending to 1984 in an environment in which they can flourish.

I look forward to discovering more of COLIC, who despite having only been in existence for less than six months have managed to release twice that many tracks – all of which are available on bandcamp.

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KEI (Vocals), Shoyū (Drums) and Kanvis (Bass) from Cincinnati in the USA are the triangular-metal band NIL x NOIR.

NIL x NOIR - triangular-metal from the USA


Webbed spells of sound pour into the room akin to the The Weyward Sisters of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and similarly reflect as witness statements to darkness, chaos and conflict, in the world around.

The dramatic reaches of – both throaty and floaty vocal surrounded by equally flighty bass which at one moment is drilling into the concrete, the next crooning strokes to the ear, is not disfigured by a guitar that may slide from gentle caress to a barrier of sound in a chord whilst drum kit spreads from battered skins to teased steel – allow NIL x NOIR to deliver their construct of how they find in their lives which careens between calmness and buffeting storm.

It is their ability to reconstruct the deconstruction of societal ties that gives their brooding menacing sound such particular relevance and adds much to the world of musical commentary of the realities of life, rather then the temerity of existence.

A couple of releases behind them – each occurring in May, a year apart discovers this year in THE WORLD IS IN CHAOS (available on bandcamp) –  NIL x NOIR have refined their shadowy presence by slowing down the pace and discarding the vocoder and electronics to deliver a soundtrack for the ’10s that needs to be preserved in aspic for future generations. My only wish, inevitably, is that the unnecessary capitalisation disappeared as I can’t see it does anything other than detract from the impact of the material and seems a little childish. Though as you know I equally find irrelevant exclamation marks which remind me of children stomping their feet in the playground, detracting from the impact of what may have been a relevant sentence and most certainly not enhancing, ergo becoming nothing more than an irritation diminishing the core message.

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