The England based melancholic rock trio El Deyma released the single My Last Day on Earth on the 28th of January.
Much like wandering into a Leonard Cohen track no-one quite knows if any one is going to emerge alive, merely know they will enjoy the darkness of it all and such is El Deyma and My Last Day on Earth.
The bellicose intransigence with life scours across the room in conflictive argument of opportunism and despondency as El Deyma akin to tying a deadmans knot to a hangmans noose reflects on the artefact of moments reflective as melancholic bowed strings extract the entrails of the consternation, whilst pulsating strummed guitar extols there is a space for existence. The languid synth spirals in neutrality as sometimes marching to the beat of a valediction other times in funereal lament percussion reflects of the conundrum.
It has been over a year since El Deyma last featured and their music, if only there was more of it, needs embracing far more regularly and assuming most of us didn’t end up on a self-inflicted mortuary slab I look forward to heralding more in the future.
The US indie-dream duo Loop Line released the four track EP Wakes on the 24th of January.
Stepping back to the ’60s Nothing About You has an undercarriage of Merseybeat in the passage of the Queensway Tunnel as the doo-wop circulates inside an echo chamber of distortion.
Gun finds greater clarity of sound though more confabulation of construct as Loop Line stir in a perpendicular cuts of angularity to deliver a track that whilst perplexing has a continuum that is fathomable.
The penultimate number – Parts Unknown – my pick of the release conflates both the clarity and the retrograde of the two prior tracks and finds the listener donning black four in hand tie, waisted grey collarless undercoat and white shirt to get in with the moment.
The concluding track Dusty Keys is a neat rounder to Wakes as it finds Loop Line stepping into the 21st Century with a spacious soundtrack that sharpens the earlier pieces.
It has been five years since the Welsh synth-wave outfit – Masters In France last featured.
Masters In France
A new single is being released today – Vaporise. The delay in updating any news about Masters In France has been their extended break.
Slimmed down from the quintet to the trio of Ed Ellis Jones, Sion Ed and Matthew Ellis Sayer the music has become, if anything, more expansive with the electronics forming billowing clouds which surround a luscious beat and pulsing bass through which the voices glow.
Masters In France have always given themselves space to create their sounds – it took two years for their first EP – Inhale – to surface and although word last arose in 2013 of an LP in the offing, there was the caveat added – ‘not sure when this will be released’. Whilst I hope the new single marks a return to material surfacing from Masters In France, I equally don’t anticipate Vaporise to be followed up in short order, though do look forward to it.
The Australian prog-rock band Voyager are on the verge of releasing the single Misery Is Only Company.
With a return to the punchier sounds of their earlier material Misery Is Only Company equally retains the melodic elements that distinguish the territory of Voyager.
The track spreads its wings calmly around the room before suddenly steeply diving, like a bird of prey hunting, into a foot on the throttle rock track in which the keys are the fulcrum as they slide in and out of focus, whilst setting both rhythm and temper. The drum-kit is given room to explore adding some delightfully crisp power dives. The guitars stretch from supporting act to full-frontal assault whilst vocal drives from headlong battle lines to balladeer.
The bass, as you will know, tends to be my obsession and I haven’t yet mentioned it – which isn’t due to its irrelevance, rather its importance. Whilst Misery Is Only Company allows the remainder of the band to showcase themselves the instrument is the ever present handler ensuring none of the parts forget who is holding the leash, pulling sharp tugs to hold back any wayward ideas that may have been lurking in the minds of those in the spotlight.
The English indie-funk band Serinette released the single Roadshow on the 23rd.
Serinette – Roadshow – artwork
Each time I return to have a listen to music by Serinette, I find myself dipping hip ever further and Roadshow asks for Talus and Innominate to kiss.
The skipping guitar and drum swarm into the room in unfettered joyful bounce and the listener immediately becomes a welcomed addition to the party. The vocal paces perfectly to the mood of the track, replete with natural breathy exhales that pierce the microphone shields, leaving the mind in delighted mood as Serinette have been able to turn a studio recording session into a personalised tune, which sounds as genuine as it did when the idea for the song was first mooted.
Although, today as I write, it is a miserable and windy day, Roadshow makes me feel that it is already Carnival season.