The English new-wave quartet Tangerines will be releasing the LP Into The Flophouse on the 12th of May.
Tangerines – Into The Flop House – artwork
There is a crystallised beauty to the music that those who enjoy Ian Dury and The Blockheads will immediately latch on to and those who don’t will exit the room in short order. The easy flowing beats are surrounded by at first glance pyrrhic instrumentals that give the material either its enjoyment or derision as a swashbuckling vocal swathes through the room taking on board no prisoners.
It is, as ever, a pleasure to proffer as something to add to your playlist that you would ordinarily pass by as an abstract concept. As always, trust that I am not leading you on some path of desolation and allow the first of the ten tracks – Peckham Boys – to thread through its just over four minute journey and I posit you will be welcoming of the link to RIP Records from whence you can get hold of Into The Flophouse.
Identitet is the melancholic-weave project of Marin Milardović from Croatia.
It is rarely that a natural bass vocalist raises their head in the world of independent music. When they do, it is something that is to be cherished and in his LP I which came out earlier on in the month Marin uses his voice wisely; as it cloaks the room in resonating vibrations which echo from wall to wall, surrounding the brooding undertow of instrumentation. Whilst instrumentation is far from being incidental as it provides the context, it does seem a distant secondary focus for the listener.
Not material to listen to on an MP3 playback device as the granularity and delicacy of the compositions are lost in audio compression.
From the album (available on bandcamp), by way of an introduction to a vocalist and musician of highest order – Better Than Me.
Once again, the project is so new, I am unable to offer a website or social media page link to discover more.
Cousin Moon is a dreamy-rock quintet from the USA.
Turn down the lights and make yourself comfortable prior to hitting play as Cousin Moon deliver their embrocating weaves of textures which float around the room with beguiling suppleness.
The quintet have a plethora of instrumentation, synthesis and vocalists to draw to the fore, yet never overload the listener. Wind instruments, bowed strings, electronics, acoustic and electric guitars, drum pads, natural percussion, keys and much more are all given appropriate run-out in their output – yet never anything out of place as Cousin Moon envelop the listener in softly brushed webs.
Cousin Moon released their eponymous LP earlier this month and from the seventeen track approximately three quarters of an hour album (available on bandcamp) – Eaten By An Eagle In August.
Formed just over a year ago Wax Colour have spent time honing their live performance craft, securing an ever expanding circuit and earlier in the month revealed their début LP – DIY EP, to the delight of those of us who have not had the opportunity to see them thus far, which is available on bandcamp. Those of longer stay will often spot the anomaly of me calling a release an LP whilst the band call it an EP – which comes about that having been brought up in the age of Vinyl I still refer to anything with up to three tracks as a Single, anything with four of five tracks an EP and anymore than that an LP – making the nine tracks on DIY EP – an LP. Moving swiftly on…
… Wax Colour deliver music which predominately has a psychedelic tinge to it as muzzled guitars flow through the room in a drifting haze, with a dreamy electronic hum floating in and out of focus while quiet percussion / bass combinations tether the tracks to the ground as the listless vocal rounds out the highly engaging compositions. Though that doesn’t mean Wax Colour can’t hurry things along as other pieces are more driven indie-dance pieces, albeit still masked behind a hazy voile.
By way of an introduction – counter-intuitively – a live video of the third track on the album – Runaway Baby.