Mount Defiance – Teamwork – Audio

The Australian new-wave quartet Mount Defiance release the EP Yankee Flat on the 4th of August.

Mount Defiance

Mount Defiance

From the EP – Teamwork is a delightful combination of guitar strings that are slapping against the floor, muzzy-fuzzy garage and a superbly pitched vocal that sounds so begrudging in accompaniment you can feel the disdain of a teenage tantrum snapping around the room – whilst simultaneously delivered as music to enjoy whilst revelling in its cleverly placed sarcastic humour.

It is this juxtaposition that makes me urge you to grab hold of the release as soon as you are able – and – if you happen to be in Melbourne (Australia) on the 28th of July – you can get it more quickly than the rest of us at the launch show at The Workers Club in Brunswick Street.

Mount Defiance is a band I look forward to coming back to later in the year.

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Marlinspike – Into The Deep – Audio

The Australian trippy-rock band Marlinspike released the EP Time Capsule yesterday.

Marlinspike - Photo by J'aime Fazackerley Photography

Marlinspike – Photo by J’aime Fazackerley Photography

Floating around the room on extended delayed fuzz Marlinspike deliver music that hangs around on the air, like the scent of patchouli oil, long after the notes have drifted to silence. The combinations of garage rock blended with a mushroom tea infusion gives the material a slightly psychedelic impression without the listener feeling as though they are set to see dragons walking on the ceiling, rather be left in a relaxing slightly muzzy-headedness.

My selection from the five track EP (available on bandcamp) is the penultimate (and atypical of the release with its jogging beat, particularly given the text above) Into The Deep.

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thisquietarmy – Welcome to Mendacity – Audio

The Canadian ambient-drone project thisquietarmy releases the LP Democracy of Dust on the 28th of July.

thisquietarmy - photo by Manon Cornieux

thisquietarmy – photo by Manon Cornieux

Opening the seven track release (available on bandcamp) is the just over six and a half minutes of  Welcome to Mendacity – a combination of guitar and multilayered electronica giving the composition a graininess in which there develops an ever growing sense of unremitting and unending air of industrial oppression.


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H1987 – CODY – Single Review

H1987 is a prolific French echo-wave creator.



With a plenitude of thoughts to convert to acoustics H1987 regularly puts out single tracks and complete collections. The most recent of which, at least at the time I write this article on the 21st, being the track CODY that surfaced on the 20th.

Alongside all the other works this only makes sense with a multilayered full speaker system else lost completely to the audience. Akin to a bat skimming around by echolocation it is the radar of closing displacement that affords the music its impressive stance as the seeming collision course of refracted soundwaves glides unerringly between one another like graphite sheering effortlessly from a 9B pencil.

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ECNEPHIAS – Quimbanda – Video

The Italian dark-metal quintet ECNEPHIAS release the LP The Sad Wonder Of The Sun on the 7th of July.

ECNEPHIAS - The Sad Wonder Of The Sun - artwork

ECNEPHIAS – The Sad Wonder Of The Sun – artwork

A couple of years since last featured – ECNEPHIAS have a noticeably sharper focus and intent resulting in material that is more focused allowing them to use their flamboyance to add gravity to the output rather than, as was the case previously, where the flair provided theatrical expression.

The antepenultimate of the nine tracks is Quimbanda.

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