Tirman Kid from Buenos Aires in Argentina is the dream-wave quartet of Martin Dick (Vocals / Guitar), Agustin Slapak (Guitar / Synth), Manuel Gvirtz (Drums) and Matias Oyamburu (Bass).
Layer upon layer of drifting smoke immerse the room as Tirman Kid feed the music into the room. The shimmering guitars are accompanied by synths which allow the phrases to hang in the air, whilst a gauzed vocal echoes remembrances of instrumentation drifted past as percussion settles on hi-hat and ride giving the out-put a fuzziness to which the bass lays quietly in the back-ground grabbing attention from time to time as it sweeps up the stray remainders of the sounds.
The laconic elongated notes give Tirman Kid a munificence which beguiles the listener, whilst the lyric espouses of bitter regrets and the fusion of the two gives the quartet a fascination that holds the ear.
The music itself transcends geo-political boundaries and could have appeared from anywhere in the world at any time since the ’60s with its hazy waves of sound and for that very inclusiveness I recommend you taking a few moments to – kick off your shoes and drift in the sounds.
Bent.vi from Macaé in Brazil is the alt-rock quartet of Luiz Bento (Vocals/Guitar), David Dinucci (Guitar), Lucas Caetano (Drums) and Wallace Santos (Bass).
The immutable pressures of life resonate through the angst riven music that is Bent.vi. Creating sounds which have a palpable feeling of impeding gloom and panic the quartet transfer those anxieties to the listener in what are highly effective tracks.
Guitars flail around the room leaving flashing fuzzy streaks in their wake, whilst percussion and bass set an industrial framework and the vocal cries its story. Music which speaks of personal straights can’t but evoke a response from the audience and it is the ability of the players in Bent.vi to capture those thoughts and deliver them coherently, although challenging of the listener, that I particularly enjoy.
This is not music to take to a beach party, but certainly one for quieter more reflective moments, where their creations have a mesmeric attention grabbing force.
A recent LP their début appropriately named Pó de Vidro, which is a six track creation covering the cuts and abrasions of life is well worth getting hold of and is available on bandcamp.
La Burca from Bauru in Brazil is the alt-indie duo of Amanda (Vocal / Guitar) and Lucas (Drums).
La Burca have a stark sound which sears across the brain like a branding iron as the vocals flash like a swooping bird of prey. There is a terrifying anxiety that spills out of the speakers wrapping up the listener in the wrestle of conundrums. The angst riven sounds piercing the soul are apposite constructs that leave the audience reaching for the Valium as La Burca extrapolate relevant concerns inside a the duo who have the ability to express deeply held emotions within a skeletal frame.
Having headed over to Bauru with a population of under 350 000 three times one gets a sense of the frustrations of the local environs, which sit inside the jurisdiction of São Paulo where I am aware many will sit transfixed by the football later this year. Brazil has much to say politically as has been evidenced by the riots this past few months.
It is always a pleasure to write about bands who manage to encapsulate not just local concerns, but global complexities within such scant coat hanger formulations.
Thank you La Burca for doing what you do and long may you keep on doing it.
Irmandade Eletrorgânica from Bauru in Brazil is the psychedelic quintet of Nicholas Bamonte, João Pedro Bamonte, Daniel Yamada, Adauto Filhoand and Guilherme Vazzoler.
Whilst drifting in and out of themes and range Irmandade Eletrorgânica proffer material that captures the ears for its very diversification of influence, which they deliver to the audience in the rawest form. For the very lack of contrivance the listener can’t help but be drawn into the eviscerating conundrum as the quintet lay down a sound-track to their lives.
Themes are allowed to ebb and flow through tracks, giving it a discordance that can only captivate as the mind is left to fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle. Irmandade Eletrorgânica do not seek to be anything other than who they are as they draw the listener to the parameters of surrealism.
If you enjoy your music in its barest form, as I do, then I would posit that Irmandade Eletrorgânica is a band with whom you will engage, if you prefer fully completed pieces of work, then you will need to shift from the recliner to the desk to get the full value of a group of musicians who are prepared to hang themselves out to dry. For this I give them full credit and I commend the quintet for taking the time to expostulate the world as they see it.