Ryan Daniel Tafolla – Brain – Audio

The US alt-rock creator Ryan Daniel Tafolla released the LP Songs From Hollywood yesterday.

Ryan Daniel Tafolla

Ryan Daniel Tafolla

An eight track, roughly twenty six minutes, album (available on bandcamp) that reflects on bitter-sweet moments in life, though, despite the angst strewn countenance of the lyric there is an underlying positivity that shines through the soundtrack.

The fifth song is the funky beat ballad Brain and my pick of the release.


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Joan of Arc – Cha Cha Cha Chakra – Video

The US alt-rock outfit Joan Of Arc are concluding a European tour.

Joan Of Arc - Photo by Shervin Lainez

Joan Of Arc – Photo by Shervin Lainez

Cha Cha Cha Chakra from the LP He’s Got The Whole This Land Is Your Land In His Hands demonstrates precisely why they are a band who have such a loyal international following as the spectral soundscape drifts through the room.


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Johnny Raincloud – The Wolf In My Back Seat – Video

The US alt-rock project Johnny Raincloud releases the three track single Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear tomorrow.

Johnny Raincloud - photo credit - @funkycold_medina90

Johnny Raincloud – photo credit – @funkycold_medina90

Johnny Raincloud release a single that has a retro feel in the warm tones from which they strip away the extraneous leaving the listener engaged by the calmness of delivery. The varied texturing provides a velvety balance that the audience wants to dive in to headfirst and become cloaked by the intoxicating surfy melodies.

The closing track is The Wolf In My Back Seat.

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Mike Bankhead – Carry On – Audio

The US alt-rock creator Mike Bankhead releases the LP Echo In The Crevices on the 1st of July.

Mike Bankhead

Mike Bankhead

The thirteen track album (available on bandcamp) has an air of sadness around it as the luxurious carpet of quietly paced rock lays across the room. Working with other musicians and a wide spread of instruments the approximately fifty seven minutes LP has a mix of ideas and hues to it, leaving the listener happily laying back and absorbing the varied texturing of what is an impressive release by a self evidently talented song writer.

There is only the one song around that I am able to share at this juncture, not my selection of the release which is Le Soldat, nonetheless the ninth track Carry On, which is a track of greater tempo than much of the album, is a decent introduction to Echo In The Crevices.

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El Deyma – Dino Monkey – Video

It has been almost exactly a year since the England based alt-rock trio El Deyma last featured.

El Deyma - Dino Monkey

El Deyma

A side project they have been running over the past few years has been the series about a character called The Magic Shoe – which has a very different soundtrack to their more usual melancholia with a cabaret feel.

The latest instalment Chapter 3 Dino Monkey has been a year in the making.

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