Django Voris

Django Voris is an alt-electro composer from New York in the USA.

Django Voris - alt electro from the USA

Django Voris

Whirling in to the mix of eclectic sounds are references from many strains of music and it is perhaps not really a surprise that Django Voris has a sound to which not only does a classical music based UK radio station (BBC Radio 3) declare a real sense of joy but also I, a cynical ’70s punk rocker and although it sits naturally in neither camp the way he is able to straddle both ends of the spectrum is a testament to the creativity and ingenuity of the out-put.

I have had the opportunity to listen to much of his back catalogue along with his new LP Constantopolis which is set for release later this month. I can’t give you one particular reason why I should like this as: Jazz; Symphoneta and:


Electro-loops all feature, I could however give you a myriad of reasons why I shouldn’t, but I can’t but help to recommend you spending some time to get to know Django Voris as the quality of the output and engagement is a must for my ‘No idea, but I do’ playlist. I guess as a pointer as to why – when someone can turn a freestyle jazz track into a dub reggae beat you just can’t help be entranced.

It is with some pleasure that I introduce Django Voris for the sheer creativity and ability to compose music that ably spans the breadth of the spectrum delivering an out-put which captivates, entrances and takes the audience on a soaring auditory journey.

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Oh No Oh My

Oh No Oh My was an indie rock band from Austin in the USA composed of Greg Barkley, Joel Calvin, Daniel Hoxmeier and Tim Regan.

Oh No Oh My - indie rock from the USA

Oh No Oh My

A well established outfit, Oh No Oh My developed a sound which demonstrated their experience as musicians working together, with music that flowed as naturally as a river. Whilst over the years (and I was first introduced to them back in 2011 when they were already seasoned players together) their output took on a calmer note, ever retaining the original creativity they first displayed nine years ago having lost none of the genuine enthusiasm for their craft. Sadly they are now disbanded and played their last gig on the 24th August 2013, but I felt it was appropriate to tilt a hat to a band that has been fine stalwarts over the years and I wish all the musicians every success in their new musical directions.

The impressive back catalogue and touring schedule ensured that Oh No Oh My were readily accessible to those wanting to explore a fine group. It only remains a surprise that they didn’t had more significant exposure over the years, but that I guess is down to the vagaries of the music industry. It is just coming up to two in the morning as I write this and somehow the material is perfect for the time. Relaxed and melodic, but with enough zest to maintain the full concentration of a tired mind. The interplay between the various instruments allowed the band to play with compositions to deliver fairly complex baton changes mid bar and it is the ease with which they made these transitions that captures the attention of the listener.

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Between the Devil and the Sea – EP – Oh No Oh My from 2005 is available on iTunes*.

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The Known Pleasures

From Lake Havasu City in the USA comes Isreal Hendricks (Bass), Tom Smirk (Drums) and Jordan Meyers (Guitar / Vocals) also known as the alt indie band The Known Pleasures.

The Known Pleasures - alt indie from the USA

The Known Pleasures

Resounding waves of sound soar out of the speakers as The Known Pleasures combine influences from the past three decades to deliver a style of music which is both powerful in nature and also plays heavily with guitar melodies to provide the audience with material that fills the head.

A couple of years experience has seen the trio develop a good understanding between each other and they play to the strengths of the skills that lay within the band, exuding confidence in their out-put. The rolling drums which are a signature sound of The Known Pleasures are accompanied by intricate high speed guitar playing and completed by a surprisingly expressive voice which enables the band to inflect considerable emotive context into their work. Whilst in the main there is an underlying urgency to the progression of the tracks they remain tightly controlled and as a result despite the reality of the speed, one is left with a sense of calmness.

With the depth and range of the songs the trio are able to encapsulate as much musically as many bands with more players. A new seven track LP – Let The Old Dreams Die deserves attention.

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Let the Old Dreams Die – The Known Pleasures is available on iTunes*.

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Tape Deck Mountain

Tape Deck Mountain based in New York in the USA is the dreamwave songwriter Travis Trevisan.

Tape Deck Mountain - lo-fi from the USA

Tape Deck Mountain

There is a certain pleasure to be taken from trawling old archives of missed emails and when I first received an email back in 2010 about Tape Deck Mountain the act was still very much steeped in the West Coast of America lo-fi scene, the intervening years have seen a more cynical disposition emerge in the sounds as the New York edges have scuffed the material and better for it, it is too.

The shifting sands of sonics scour against each other in the ears until becoming smoother and the more rounded notes evolve, which start to massage the brain with pressing urgency akin to a dog leaning against the legs and the listener finds themselves shifting position to accommodate the music which takes on a kaleidoscopic form into which the audience lays back in comfort.

As would perhaps be anticipated these languid pieces are given time to develop by Travis and this is not music to devour ravenously, rather to savour the flavour.

For fans of the genre, Tape Deck Mountain is a fine exponent and with regular releases and tours across the USA, readily accessible.

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Sway – Tape Deck Mountain is available on iTunes*.

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Neonfaith

Lay, Fef and Megan Faye – also known as Neonfaith is an electro-indie outfit from New York in the USA.

Neonfaith - alt-indie from New York

Neonfaith

The cross-current of subwoofer breaking bass is a pure delight. Neonfaith deliver music which demands the lights are dimmed as waves of sonic energy pulsate across the room driving the mind into a warp of influences.  Hints of ’80s new wave, celtic folk and vocal rock are combined teasingly, to engage the listener in the melange of twists and turns as the electronics sweep the audience up on their feet to sway in cohesion with the pulsating music.


A new EP is scheduled for release on September 24th 2013 which will cement their recordings and should attract a wider audience to the dark ribbons that is Neonfaith. The trio have an immediately recognisable creativity that has the potential to work particularly on the European club scene so it will be interesting to see if this release pushes them into the greater visibility that they deserve with the potential of some festival appearances next year.

I will certainly be keeping my ears open for future material from Neonfaith.

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