On the 11th the US funk-rock outfit released the single Honeycomb.
I realise there is a mystery to my genre-definitions – though there is some semblance of sense to them – ‘funk something’ indicating that the music starts by snaking the lower spine and hips whilst ‘funkadelic something’ intimates of immediate bending in the ankles and knee – both with shoulders involved. All genre descriptors are based on which part of the physical body or mind is first fired and what next as the music emerges through the speakers – bear with me…
…Honeycomb (available on bandcamp) immediately has the listener – in order – grinding their lower spine and hips with the rhythm riding up the vertebrae to discover shoulders swaying in free-flow prior to all joints hanging out with the dance moves ‘funk-rock’ – hit play – and you will then understand more of how this site is configured.
The US lofi project of douglas alan font released the single pastel on the 14th.
douglas alan font
In pastel (available on bandcamp) on hitting play the room is shrouded in a dark introspective tale of internal turmoil which sends shivers up and down the spine as the eviscerating duality of vocals meanders through the ears as though trapped inside leaden boots sinking in to a pool of cement – with the listener being taken through flashes of life reflection spiralling towards ever more morose thought process, whilst in contrast the backdrop of music becomes more positive of mood, prior to finally depleting in to surfacing bubbles of final breath captured by spluttering keyboard resting to a silence that lingers in the mind.
The Wales based rockers Estrons released the single Glasgow Kisses on the 10th.
Estrons – Photo by Steve Glashier
With the bitter-sweet scent of curdled milk dividing between curds and whey turning to cottage cheese in Glasgow Kiss – Estrons deliver a feisty track that bursts through the speakers in clumping slugs of coagulate that gives the song a stop start impression in which the listener becomes immersed as the punching pulses surge in and out of the ears.
It is always a pleasure to return to the quartet who are always best heard with plenty of space in which to thrash as the music flies through the room in moody temper.
On the 16th the US grunge quartet OVEF OW will be releasing the EP Working.
Opening the four track EP is Working Girl which grinds through the room minding the listener of stilettos needing a re-heel for too much walking as a flexing analogue winds through the ears to the accompaniment of the feisty thighs of bass and smeared red lips of vocal as the lithe percussion of calves wraps around the audience all in a snarling sneer, which in essence is the whole purpose of Ovef Ow, who are able to take a scant view to the world around whilst simultaneously smooching – well worth the cost of the release on its own (which is available on bandcamp).
Next is Psycho Crush – a far darker number that bustles through the speakers in a duality of speed giving the song a discombobulation further enhanced by a bending vocal that minds of the distortions of a parabolic mirror.
The third song is The Whistler, which is a humming wurlitzer wrestling with guitar instrumentation with the percussion acting as referee and a song that requires immediately replay.
My pick of the release is the closer Working Boy – which bleeds in to the room on the back of an extended raw chalk-board screal that grates the teeth prior to developing in to a parenthesis of oiled flexing inner thigh fed through the guitar from which the scratching vocal gnaws the neck and the listener descends in to a vestige of their own existence and the audience becomes lost in their own deepest desires as synthetics and bass whirl temptingly around the mind in ever faster and more urgent thrusts of the hips prior to reaching a climactic rictus of growling self-loathing.
The Finnish melodic-metal quartet As I May released the single Hero on the 4th.
As I May
I am aware that I have mentioned it previously though I don’t feel it is repetition for the sake of repetition to comment that musicians from Scandinavia are often able to deliver music which combines what on the surface are polar-opposites that can’t possibly work, yet turn it in to a concept of intrigue and complexity that fascinates – very often melodic-metal.
In Hero – As I May provide the listener with a dark underbelly of fire that opens its wings and glides gracefully through room like a sparrow-hawk searching for prey.