The New Zealand alt-folk creator Re:Gretabull releases the single Strangers on the 5th of May.
For those who already know Greta Bull-Crossan from previous releases you will find a very different soundscape from previous material as Strangers compacts the open fret-work to deliver a more synth laden track.
For those who don’t know Re:Gretabull of pivotal point in the music is a singular voice which is able to wrest emotional context, without ever becoming saccharine, from the driest moment with a luscious softness to the vocal no matter where it is in pitch, enabling the compositions to unerringly extend across keys, both minor, major and octaves, leaving the listener in rapt attention.
The US retro-rock project Trapper Schoepp releases the LP Bay Beach Amusement Park on the 2nd of June.
Trapper Schoepp – Bay Beach Amusement Park – artwork
In an homage to the one hundred and twenty five year old amusement park in Wisconsin, at which Elvis Presley purportedly found enjoyment – hence the retro-feel of the compositions, with tracks named after rides.
The penultimate of the six songs – Bumper Cars leaves the listener happily stepping around the room.
The US drone duo Outer Gods will be releasing the LP Severed Together on the 28th.
Outer Gods – Severed Together – artwork
Within the past eight hours the fourth of the six tracks on the album (available on bandcamp) was revealed.
By The Spider’s Thread We Are Linked which, as their previous material, takes the listener on an eerie journey of dark mountain valleys and looming cliff-faces as the just under five minute composition spreads its dark cloud through the room leaving the listener to conjure up tales of their own making to the soundtrack.
The Germany based alt-rock band Nervous Germans were introduced back in 2015.
In the middle of last month I was sent an email to let me know of a new EP due for release in early April, so once again my apologies for the delayed arrival of this article. The three tracks plus one remix EP The Creeps Are Back In Town (available on bandcamp) having been released on the 1st.
In a release that travels much ground from ’70s punk references, to spotlight classic rock, my selection of the LP is inevitably, for those who know the site, will be unsurprising the opener (which also appears as a remix as the closer) Punk Rock Radio – in which those of the ’70s will spot The Damned and The Ruts riffs and references – in an EP in which Nervous Germans cast their acerbic humour, on the world around.
The Swedish rock quintet JD Miller release the LP World War X on the 28th.
JD Miller – World War X – CD
The sixth of the nine tracks – Clouded Minds – demonstrates their influences steeped in ’70s heavy-metal to which they add flourishes of Scandi-rock, resulting in an almost five minutes song full of melody and aural metaphysics.