After a break to deal with the realities of day to day life The Missing got back together just over a year ago and this month released the LP They Live which is available on bandcamp.
An eleven track album which was recorded with everyone in one room together and little post production aiming to capture the essence of the sentiment of the release which reflects of the problems that led to the extended break. Despite the personal nature of the soundtrack the listener doesn’t sense they are being drowned in self-pity, rather a narrative of which they can draw parallels to their own lives. Despite being rusty there is little doubt these are capable musicians as rather than sounding like a band who have cut their first recording in five years the LP feels as though this is a natural continuation of where they left off and the intervening years were just imagined.
The roughly forty two minutes LP is a showcase in driving rock as percussion and bass never relent their hold on the speakers, with guitar providing the distinctive nature of the individual tracks threading from crushing riffs to spacious chords with vocal ranging through roaring growls to quiet commentary.
Welcome back to The Missing who as the album title informs – They Live – and I look forward to coming back to them later in the year.
Nebulamigo is a dreamy-indie quintet from the USA.
Nebulamigo – photo credit @sleeplesscalls
Earlier this month they released their début LP Talk in Roses (available on bandcamp). Relatively newly out of the blocks Nebulamigo are starting to find their feet in the live circuit and the six track, roughly twenty three minutes, can’t but help their cause.
The quintet are able to deliver compositions which are fairly angular in construct, yet somehow turn them in to flowing melting washes of colour that drift unhurriedly though the room, giving the music an hypnotic dreaminess.
The sharply pointed guitar is married with punctuating percussion and bass then rather than developing in to the anticipated mathematical-rock the whole effect is brushed by a calming light haze and veiled vocal delivering an unexpected ambient expansive calmness.
My selection from the LP is the penultimate – Distance.
The US alternative folk quartet The Lunar Year released the LP Herodias on the 16th.
The Lunar Year
A dozen track LP of intricate weaves of varied instrumentation that allows The Lunar Year to lay a pillow on which the listener lays in relaxed contemplation as the music drifts through the room.
My selection from Herodias being the 7th, Heady Love, which is a piano led composition highlighted by an exquisite vocal, that counterbalances the melancholic chords of the keys, with its spacious intonations.
The US maths-rock quartet Franchise are due to release the EP Ghost Light on the 14th of July.
Angular spires spike themselves across the room as the first track to surface from the EP launches through the speakers. Empty Medicine finds the listener having ears darting across the radar to catch the sharp breaks of sound. A sludgy undertow of bass and percussion is sliced open by a scalpel wielding guitar that chases the listener with its cliff-edges whilst the winding vocal adds to the chaotic moments, resulting in a track by which Franchise, to their credit, make no accommodation for the audience, challenging them to reconsider their own sterile direction of travel.
By the very fact that I am asking you to tarry with the out-put lets you know I think that Franchise create songs that add to the tapestry of the weave of music through the ages, though I equally posit, many will once again think I have lost the plot – give it time with an open mind is all I ask – open the volume setting a little and hit play – trust me.