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.
The US dreamy-lofi quartet somesurprises released the EP serious dreams on the 20th.
somesurprises – serious dreams – Cassette
With a deft eye on societal discontent somesurpises proffer music which reflects on the reality of the silos of raging isolationism so many seek as safe harbour, in a world that has become ever more disjointed and disconnected, as the theoretical connectivity of pixel friendships and chasing populism through random likes becomes the mantra of normality whilst driving ever more entrenched wedges, with the tracks resonating of personal one to one interaction and all that that befalls.
From the five track EP, available on bandcamp as, one hundred only, limited edition cassette and / or digital download, the opener is the engrossing mayor skipped town.
Within the past twenty hours the US hip-hop creator Chelzzz revealed the single Problem.
With a welcome return the the site Chelzzz in Problem delivers a wall rattling looping bass through which the acerbic vocal sears in to the ears like a branding iron as the approaching four and a half minutes track sneers its dismissive lyric, carpeting a world of ivory tower proselytism.
The combinations of oppressive electronics aside, both, snarling vocal and lyric do not require Chelzzz to burst the ears with volume or pace and the power of production is through its very, icy-calmness.
I look forward to returning to a someone who is self-evidently a talented lyricist and realist-performer, later in the year.
Martin Del Carpio from the USA released the dark-folk single The Motel Room Song last week.
Martin Del Carpio
Martin Del Carpio has featured on the site numerous times over the past few years always with a melancholic-electronica backdrop and The Motel Room Song marks a step change in instrumentation with acoustic guitar featuring prominently, where there is distinct similarity is the down-temp introspective nature of the track, which is available on bandcamp.