Pink Narcissus – Home – Single Review

Pink Narcissus from England have a new single, which is the first recording with their new guitarist Liam McMillan.

Pink Narcissus -Home - Artwork

Pink Narcissus -Home – Artwork


Home stands as a marker to the forthcoming EP Pig Miracle Day.

As is to be anticipated – the song is a heartfelt rendition of the tumult of life and circumspection as once again Pink Narcissus explore themes of self-deprecation, seeking answers to inner turmoil.

The music forms a swirling framework to allow the tortured vocal to deliver an emotional rendition of another fine example of the exposed inner workings of a troubled mind.

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Slowmotion Club – Some Will Say…Others Betting On… – EP Review

The Swedish band Slowmotion Club recently released their five track EP – Some Will Say…Others Betting On….

Slowmotion Club - Some Will Say...Others Betting On... - artwork

Slowmotion Club – Some Will Say…Others Betting On… – artwork

Opening with the longest track on the release, at just over five and a half-minutes, is – Now That You’re Sleeping – a drama laden piece of theatrical alternative rock in which violin is added to make expansive continuums of sound, giving the track considerable dexterity.

Next is Connecting All The Dots, which whilst of slighter speedier tempo, looses none of the introspective doleful endearing nature of Slowmotion Club and a fine piece of music.

Rembrandtesque is a track which allows the trio to show a different side to the sounds, with a track that reminds me somewhat of ’80s electro-new-wave as both the rolling synthetics and the vocal, which lays in sympathy, are met by active guitars and percussion.

The Presidential Dilemma is a song known to the readers of the website, as this was a video that featured as an introduction to Slowmotion Club back in December of last year, but nonetheless welcome for its reappearance.

Closing out Some Will Say…Others Betting On… is my pick of the release, Bombing Buses, which presages to a direction of travel for future material and is certainly a path that I would be interested in hearing Slowmotion Club explore further.

Some Will Say…Others Betting On… – EP – Slowmotion Club is available on iTunes*.

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Invasions – No Darkness – Single Review

Invasions from Canada were reviewed in November and they have just released a new three track single – No Darkness.

Invasions - No Darkness - artwork

Invasions – No Darkness – artwork


Opening with the title track No Darkness reminds me of a spaghetti western. There is a feature of the music that Invasions delivers being that much of it has a cinematic feel. The shoegazy guitars are joined by violins in sections through the piece enhancing the orchestrated feel to the track, whilst a subsumed vocal glistens in the background.

Black Lagoon has a similar brooding lavishness in a more Lynchian style as a solid bass drum pumps through the speakers whilst the guitars echo around the room.

My pick of the release also happens to be the longest track, at three minutes six seconds, Unknown Pleasures goes to the off-beat with the five players working in unison in a flourish of melodramatic foot stomping rock ‘n’ roll.

No Darkness is available on bandcamp.

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March Division – Metropolitan Fragments – LP Review

The Italian band March Division released the seven track LP Metropolitan Fragments on the 10th June.

March Division - Metropolitan Fragments - artwork

March Division – Metropolitan Fragments – artwork

Opening with Friday Will Come a lament of wasting life in pursuit of the fruitless in a track that switches between pin point clarity and heavily masked – a fine start to Metropolitan Fragments.

Lonesome Prisoner is a groove laden piece with a pulse that rebounds through the bone marrow. This shows March Division at their finest as they combine the instruments and electronics with more than a nod to ’60s pop.

Uniting acoustics with computer code and an Indian-subcontinent timbre creates an intriguing space and Black Noon makes the whole EP worthwhile on its own in just a fraction over five minutes of fascinating merges of sounds.

Marking the half-way point is the shortest piece on Metropolitan Fragments at just about three minutes – Hangover Morning, which has an ambient experimentalism to its measured pace.

Out Of Sight is more derived from Americana as the track slips and slides around the room in an easy flowing piece of music.

The appropriately named Metropolitan Fragments continues its journey with another musical reference in the guise of Star Guitar and its space-rock theme which is my pick of the release.

Closing out the thirty three minute LP is Urban God in which March Division head towards an electro-dance number, to which again they add their own flourishes and surprises.

Given the variations of styles you may have the impression that Metropolitan Fragments is bitty, far from it. The tracks make perfect sense given the context and is enhanced by the diversity of influences, which despite their disparity contain the central theme of the release as identified in the opening track.

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Clear Red Water – Then & Now – Single Review

Then & Now is the début single from ambient rockers Clear Red Water, a four-piece from Lincoln in the UK comprised of James Childs (Vocals / Rhythm Guitar), Raury Milican (Lead Guitar), Mark Webster (Bass / Backing Vocals) and Jim Fryer (Drums / Percussion).

Clear Red Water

Clear Red Water

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Then & Now opens with layers of harmony and muted percussion before launching into an infectious groove. While elements of the music may sound familiar, particularly within the vocals which are highly reminiscent of Thom Yorke, the track is passionate enough to never feel contrived.

This is a compelling piece of work which is produced to an excellent standard. If you’re after a slice of ambient indie rock check out Then & Now, which is available for free from the Clear Red Water BandCamp page. This is a fantastic début single and leaves me wanting more.

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