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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Lumerians

Lumerians is Tyler Green, Marc Melzer, Jason Miller, Christopher Musgrave and Tony Peluso a prog rock band from Oakland in the USA.

Lumerians - prog rock from the USA

Lumerians

Lumerians offer a nostalgic trip into psychedelia as the music floats above the head in a kaleidoscope of colours to entrance (as in the verb not the noun – completely different enunciation and meaning – but as a regular reader you will already know this) the mind.

The structures formed by the quintet extend ever upwards and on each occasion that the listener thinks they have met the edge, so it disappears once again into the distance. Whilst resonating of earlier years Lumerians is a band cognisant of their time and capture the tracks within six minutes, giving extended play to those of a mind, but not extending it beyond the bearable. They are even more impressive with tracks running at less than three minutes as they encapsulate the whole atmosphere of a fractals.

I have seen comments that the band is somewhat experimental, but to my ears this is following a well trodden path of progressive psychedelic rock, though bringing it to a currency and a place in which the listener can comfortably lay in the knowledge that there is a definitive direction of travel.

With delightful use of instrumentation and current technology Lumerians is a band who nestle very comfortably on my – must do this again – playlist and I would suggest should also sit on yours.

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The High Frontier – Lumerians is available on iTunes*.

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Our Lady

Our Lady is the four piece emo outfit of Molli (Cello), Tim (Vocals / Guitar), Kyle (Drums) and Matt (Bass) from Springfield in the USA.

Our Lady - emo from the USA

Our Lady

Through introducing a cello Our Lady is able to create music which is full of mystery and melody as the slightly ghostly sounds float around the room accompanied by a disjointed vocal accompaniment. The highly charged out-put is wrapped in angst as the band seek to explore the angsts of daily life.


The quartet spend much of their energy in live performance and I would expect these would be suitably emotional experiences for both Our Lady and the audience. Whilst there is a certain sense of suspense in the music, it is equally accessible enough for those not completely sold on the genre, as the content is audible and runs in context, creating sounds which have the potential to appeal to fans of broader alternative indie rock.

Whilst this wont be sitting on my everyday playlist, there is certainly space to add Our Lady to the music collection as they are able to deliver material which has an attractive creativity about it and I am particularly smitten by the use of the Cello to create music with a difference.

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