New Year Ninety 2018 – 60 to 51

Again the The New Year Ninety Chart as selected by the readers’ of the site contains musicians from every continent, barring one, Antarctica, from where no band has ever featured, though something I still aim to rectify at some point in time – from  60 to 51.

Allegory - New Year Ninety 2018

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60. The Moon Apes (Based in England)

Six Of Seven is available on bandcamp.

59. Todd Kessler (USA)

About Memory – Todd Kessler is available on iTunes.*

58. Rival Island (USA)

Look To The Sun is available on bandcamp.

57. Femme (England)

56. Strangely Attractive (USA)

Do You Really is available on bandcamp.

55. Dendera Bloodbath (USA)

54. Terrestria (Scotland)

Things You’ll Never Know – Single – Terrestria is available on iTunes.*

53. Pillgrinns (England)

Smile is available on bandcamp.

52. Allegory (England)

51. Mike Bankhead (USA)

Echo In The Crevices is available on bandcamp.

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Allegory – Syncopation – Audio

The English art-rock trio Allegory are finalising details of the EP Sound Canvass.

Allegory - Syncopation

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Continuing with their evolution of sound the first track to appear from the EP – Syncopation – which was released today as a stand-alone single available on bandcamp – finds Allegory in an art-rock moment.

The free-form track coils inside itself with the  jazzy keyboard and percussion being tightly wrapped inside the, expanding and contracting, expressionist vocal.

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Allegory – Sonder – Single Review

The English alt-rock trio Allegory revealed their latest single within the past couple of hours.

Allegory - Sonder

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Each time I return to Allegory they have something new in a completely different envelope though traceable by the distinctive vocal of Ellie.

Sonder finds the trio in an orchestration with new instruments and techniques which has a Far Eastern tradition to it in combinations of chord progressions which slip in out of syncopation with each other leaving the listener with the sense that they are listening to two different songs simultaneously.

Regular readers will know that music which seems to have more than one source code is likely to capture my attention and I do implore you to spend the next just under three and a half minutes allowing your mind to flower with the composition.

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Allegory – Kimono Club – Single Review

The English alt-rock band Allegory will be releasing the single Kimono Club on the 14th of October.

Allegory - Kimono Club

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Made available less than six hours ago – in advance of the release, Kimono Club, adds yet another dimension to their sound.

A funk based hip swivelling bass sets the parameters of the track from which guitar extends a guiding arm whilst percussion skittles around the rims and skins as the distinctive vocal bursts in to the room in a just under four minute track that undulates tempo and mood through the composition while a synth slithers in and out of earshot.

Always a delight to return to due in part to the unpredictability of what may emerge from the speakers – Allegory never lower their bar, always pushing themselves further and delivering material that retains attention.

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Allegory – Shriek – Single Review

The English alt-rock trio Allegory release the single Shriek on the 20th.

Allegory - Shriek

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With a lighter palette and buzzier pace than music previously featured Shriek does as it suggests – hurls itself into the room in a bluster. The track is one of those Marmite moments, as it will either gnaw the eardrums or swirl around them.




There is something almost Björk like about Shriek, though not as a pale comparator, rather a fusion of the more typical emotional melodies by the trio and a more sparring vocal. The juxtaposition of the quiet even spaces of the acoustics with the voice which chases up and down scales, pace and volume, gives the track its interest.

The fact that I am asking you to spend time with this new release confirms that I do like Marmite and I welcome this difference of presentation by Allegory and look forward to hearing more from them later in the year.

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