Istanbul Hippodrome is an English electronica duet.
Within the past hour their latest track No Way Home surfaced. Freshly out of the blocks the duo combine synths, guitar and far distant drum-kit to deliver music of contortions and interwoven lacing that finds the mind circumnavigating the loops in an involuntary hypnosis akin to water drawing from the bottom of unplugged bath, circling in ever tighter spirals as it drains.
Again – you are as new to these two – as Istanbul Hippodrome are to you – and this is once again a band where there is no social media page or website to which I can direct your attention.
The Canadian electro-harmonics Gilbert Cormier creator revealed Trial & Error within the past twenty hours.
Like an earworm – having played the one hundred and thirty four seconds of Trial & Error it will inveigle in to the brain long after it should by rights have disappeared. Akin to the ’70s 8-bit analogue arcade game Space Invaders – the flashing green pixels fixate the mind and focus. Those not of such long teeth may need to do some research on 1978 and Space Invaders – though before you do – do take a listen and the whole analogy will make more sense.
Very much performing in the underground – I am unable to offer you a website or meaningful social media page for Gilbert Cormier.
The Bangladeshi retro-rock project Yasar released the single Away From Me a few days ago.
Away From Me is just over three minutes of warming rock that coils around the listener like a snugly blanket as the drifting sounds slowly flow through the room.
It would be possible to spend considerable time referencing ‘reminds me of’ – however so to do would be to do injustice to the composition which holds attention for its own ability. My only sadness is that there is only one song that I have been able to hear as once you invest in the luxurious ride you will want to hear far more. I look forward to discovering a full double LP in short order in which to submerge for an hour or three.
The US indie-glaze quartet Rare Monk release the LP A Future on the 7th of July.
A ten track album (available on bandcamp) which has a sophistication to it, though is able to steer clear from sounding as though the audience needs to be well pressed shirts to listen to, as inside the ‘music for grown-ups’ they are also able to let the frayed edges peer through the output and although it is music for the smart end of town, it doesn’t sneer at those who aren’t intending to drink over-priced cocktails.
The opening number – Happy Haunting – combines elements of trad-jazz, with indie-dance resulting in a track that the listener can engage with from a variety of perspectives.