It was back in 2014 that the English heavy-metal band SKAM were initially introduced.
SKAM – Fading Before The Sun – artwork
Their newest single Fading Before The Sun, which was released last week, does everything that have established themselves for doing well – driving classic rock that finds the listener headbanging alongside in delight.
A model that has served well over decades for many and SKAM demonstrate once again why this is a style of music that is, deservedly so, long lasting.
Floating around the room on extended delayed fuzz Marlinspike deliver music that hangs around on the air, like the scent of patchouli oil, long after the notes have drifted to silence. The combinations of garage rock blended with a mushroom tea infusion gives the material a slightly psychedelic impression without the listener feeling as though they are set to see dragons walking on the ceiling, rather be left in a relaxing slightly muzzy-headedness.
My selection from the five track EP (available on bandcamp) is the penultimate (and atypical of the release with its jogging beat, particularly given the text above) Into The Deep.
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 Canadian ambient-drone project thisquietarmy releases the LP Democracy of Dust on the 28th of July.
thisquietarmy – photo by Manon Cornieux
Opening the seven track release (available on bandcamp) is the just over six and a half minutes of Welcome to Mendacity – a combination of guitar and multilayered electronica giving the composition a graininess in which there develops an ever growing sense of unremitting and unending air of industrial oppression.
The Italian dark-metal quintet ECNEPHIAS release the LP The Sad Wonder Of The Sun on the 7th of July.
ECNEPHIAS – The Sad Wonder Of The Sun – artwork
A couple of years since last featured – ECNEPHIAS have a noticeably sharper focus and intent resulting in material that is more focused allowing them to use their flamboyance to add gravity to the output rather than, as was the case previously, where the flair provided theatrical expression.
The antepenultimate of the nine tracks is Quimbanda.