Tim Fitz – Sour – Single Review

Tim Fitz from Australia is gearing up for the release of a new EP, his third,  later this year.

Tim Fitz - Sour - artwork

Tim Fitz – Sour – artwork

Launching on the 24th is a new single Sour. An easy combination of natural and synthetic notes drifts around the room as the vocal listlessly casts an acerbic perspective of the world around.

Tim Fitz is able to turn what is only a two and a half-minute track into a melange of well reflected shifts. Travelling through reminders of Kraftwerk, to Dylan, with a range on styles in-between, whilst maintaining a continuity of well paced fluidity to the piece.

The end result being that you want to play it again immediately to enjoy the variations and just to check you didn’t miss anything, which you will have done.

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I can’t ever to fail to mention the trade-mark capitalisation by the Australian band BRUCE! every time I write about them – but there it is – and BRUCE! THE EP which came out this week is something to shout about.

BRUCE! - BRUCE THE EP - artwork

BRUCE! – BRUCE THE EP – artwork

The four track release is all over in nine minutes of sharp elbows. Opening with SHAPES AND NUMBERS which hurtles through the room in a visceral snarl of dramatic drops and beats which exemplifies how BRUCE! is able to deliver thumping raging compositions within a tightly woven frame.

CAPTAIN is an anthemic commentary on the blind faith of societal collectivism with a roaring landscape of percussion and bass which require the speakers are turned even louder.

SLUDGE takes nearly fifty percent of the running time coming in at four minutes twenty three seconds of diatribe towards structures and for its very poignancy is inevitably my pick of the release. With this track BRUCE! slow down the tempo, but are no less acerbic for that fact as they allow the music to kick against the morass of conformity.

Concluding with SHIT SELLS which is exactly as it describes – a repudiation of shallow lives in a blistering freneticism of chords.

BRUCE! THE EP (which is available on bandcamp with vinyl scheduled for late July) is a fascinating release which demonstrates the cohesiveness of the band, not only sonically, but politically as each track was written by a different member of BRUCE!.

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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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