Alpine Universe is the project of the USA based electro-soundscape creator Andy Favre.
Earlier this month the almost eponymous LP – The Alpine Universe – was released, which is a dozen track, almost three quarters of an hour, album that takes the listener around the globe with each piece developing on a geolocational theme.
The US hazy-rock quartet Blurred Out release their début two track single Meadows on the 4th of November.
The music, flows unhurriedly through the room as Blurred Out deliver a sound which has a grungy influence to it.
The second of the two songs on the single (available on bandcamp) Betrayed By The Wind being my pick of the release and a decent introduction to an outfit it will be interesting to follow over the years.
The luxuriant retrospective soundtrack takes the listener back to the early ’80s as the neon-lit electronica and percussion dances through the room carried on the wings of elongated guitar and moody vocal creating a space in which the audience is invited to sway in introspective thought.
Their most recent reveal being the ten track LP Avenue (available on bandcamp) which came out earlier in the month.
The Judith Lights is a quartet I look forward to hearing more from in short order and by way of an introduction the closing song on the album – Blue Movie. Though this may not be more than a dream as Anwar Montasir has now left New York and is in Oregon.
I know by now you will be thinking I have completely lost the plot with a genre descriptor of dance-metal – bear with me for a moment or two prior to contemplating I am off in to cloud cuckoo land.
In Lex, their début release, Mindful seek to weld two distinctive concepts – indie-light and thrash metal – and whilst it is true there are some lumpy seams, as a first offering, the quartet excavate a direction of travel which does seem to have potential for mining hidden diamonds and I look forward to hearing future material as they finesse their hand.
More normally releasing music of narrower focus the latest track to be released Dance With Me is a reggae-beat tinted song, so there is little possibility I could not ask you to allow it to pass your ears, which celebrates that which binds us is far more important than that which silos us.
Mashing disparate influences in the track results in a world fusion beat that, much akin to the title, invites the listener, from wherever in the globe, to stretch their arms to the speakers and as it says on the tin – Dance With Me – in a mood of cohesion, while casting aside division.