The New Zealand alt-folk creator Re:Gretabull releases the single Strangers on the 5th of May.
For those who already know Greta Bull-Crossan from previous releases you will find a very different soundscape from previous material as Strangers compacts the open fret-work to deliver a more synth laden track.
For those who don’t know Re:Gretabull of pivotal point in the music is a singular voice which is able to wrest emotional context, without ever becoming saccharine, from the driest moment with a luscious softness to the vocal no matter where it is in pitch, enabling the compositions to unerringly extend across keys, both minor, major and octaves, leaving the listener in rapt attention.
Sometimes singing in French, other-times in English, La Chamaïcaine are always able to deliver music which has a captivating raw chanson naïveté that draws in the listener as voices fold melodies through the ears whilst blunted acoustic strings buffer through the Mandibular foramen giving the music two distinctive source directions in to the brain, allowing the duo to deliver much of intrigue within the intentionally sparse soundscape which does mind the listener of the name of the band (in English translation – The Shaman).
The latest track to surface – Les Balayeurs De Nuit.
The US alt-folk outfit Sea Offs released the LP What’s the Point? recently.
Sea Offs – photo credit – aidablank
The eight track album (available on bandcamp) takes the listener on a quiet, just over half an hour, journey that minds of walking through sunlight dappled woods in early spring as the duo (four play in live performance) deliver songs which step in and out of the shadows, leaving the audience in relaxed mood on its conclusion.
My selection from What’s The Point? is the penultimate – Unfound.