The US alt-rock musician Enjoy is the solo project of Wyatt Shears.
To be made available a few hours ago from the LP Another Word For Joy – due for release on the 12th as a cassette and later in the year as vinyl – Geography has a ska beat that inveigles its way into the audience like the warming embers of a summer evening bonfire.
The vocal explores the concept of the futility of living life vicariously in a scourging dissemination of the internet age.
The New Zealand indie-folk-pop musician Jonny Avery will be releasing the single Captains Of Industry on the 12th.
Jonny Avery – Captains Of Industry
Regular readers may have thought I must have made an error in writing this review with the genre definition of ‘pop’ anything in the introducing sentence, however, it isn’t.
The acidic lyric which is surrounded by dripping honey of music only makes the disdainful commentary more glowing. Captains Of Industry casts a sneering wariness of a world in which the 1% own more than the 99%, yet rather than seething of vitriol the ironic lyric and cutely bouncing bonniness of the instrumentation gives this track an impressive integrity.
It comes as much of a surprise to you as it does to I that I conjoin ‘integrity’ and ‘popular music’ in one review, though the more perspicacious will note a five string bass is more than likely to gain my attention.
I have only recently been made aware of the conundrum that is Jonny Avery and I look forward to contorting my mind with his future material.
The German techno-romantic creator Max Gruber will be releasing the LP Harieschaim under his performance name of Drangsal on the 22nd of April.
Drangsal – Harieschaim – artwork
Combing danceable sounds with melancholic lyric it is easy to draw reference points, but that is to miss the point, the music of Drangsal is about his inner turmoil, not someone else’s.
The innate beauty of Allan Align, the first track of both the ten on the vinyl and CD versions and the sixteen on the digital version, injects the listener with both sadness and joy as the underlying perturbation is wrapped in electro-beat that finds the audience moving in time with the frenetic progress. Shrouding the footsteps of joy is a sense of sorrow which is delivered by both the enigmatic voice and misty synths that curl like a chill from a damp cellar.
I look forward to hearing more by Drangsal in the future.
The US rock musician Chris Marksbury surfaced with a new track a few hours ago.
She’s Alright is a departure from the normal Americana rock of Chris Marksbury in a track that not only steps across the Atlantic Ocean, but also steps back in time to a Merseybeat retrospective. It is somewhat intriguing how often I have referenced ‘Merseybeat’ in the recent past, are we on a trend-line? Am I becoming hip?
Harmonica intersperses with guitar leaving the listener clapping hands in time as She’s Alright spinneys around the room like a yacht tacking course as the undulating sounds track towards the bouy. The joyful bounces of stern skimming the waves is a new departure for a musician who has recorded catalogue dating back many a year and it sounds as fresh as a daisy allowing Chris the opportunity to spread his sails once again.
Not only is this a track that gives the audience a lift, but as someone who speaks to creator from time to time I find a lightened mood, which, on a personal note makes me smile inwardly.
Biawak is a solo indie-synth project from Germany.
The latest track to surface The Girl That I Once Knew slips its way into the room unobtrusively before the dreamy electronics flow around the head as the gauzed vocal whispers from afar. The shadowy sounds of the track slowly relax the mind and the audience finds themselves wound in silken thread that ease the frictions of the day.
Biawak releases tracks regularly, whilst of different styles, the continuum is the layering of synth and loops which effortlessly massage the soul.