Istanbul Hippodrome – No Way Home – Single Review

Istanbul Hippodrome is an English electronica duet.

Istanbul Hippodrome

Istanbul Hippodrome

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.

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Gilbert Cormier – Trial & Error – Single Review

The Canadian electro-harmonics Gilbert Cormier creator revealed Trial & Error within the past twenty hours.

Gilbert Cormier

Gilbert Cormier

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.

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Yasar – Away From Me – Single Review

The Bangladeshi retro-rock project Yasar released the single Away From Me a few days ago.

Yasar

Yasar

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.

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Rare Monk – Happy Haunting – Audio

The US indie-glaze quartet Rare Monk release the LP A Future on the 7th of July.

Rare Monk

Rare Monk

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.

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Dethrone The Sovereign – Torch of Prometheus – Video

The US prog-metal quintet Dethrone The Sovereign release the LP Harbingers of Pestilence on the 28th of July.

Dethrone The Sovereign - photo by Chris Darnell

Dethrone The Sovereign – photo by Chris Darnell

The hardcore headlong rush is tempered by a complex undertow of instrumentation and synth allowing the quintet to take the listener on a journey of multi-dimensional layering.

From the forthcoming album – Torch of Prometheus – is the sixth of the nine tracks.

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