The US alt-rock quartet Thames released the EP The Fear on the 27th of November.
A four track EP (available on bandcamp) in which Thames showcase their ability to deliver music of varied influence, with the commonality of a quietly understated confidence in which they have a justified self-belief.
The listener is invited to pull up a duvet and settle on soft pillows in which to lay and allow the richly seamed textures of the roughly twenty minutes release thread through the mind in ambient, intricate, layers of guitars, keys, bass, percussion and harmonies of vocal.
The Greek alt-rock quintet Bazooka released the EP Ζούγκλα (Jungle) on the 27th.
A four track release (available on bandcamp) of disparate narrative – one moment finding the listener hurtling through the room in frenzied dance step the next laying aside a campfire quietly tapping a tambourine, yet always engrossing as Bazooka deliver a set of songs in which the audience becomes transfixed by both the breadth of sounds and equally the intricate structures of each composition.
Necessarily, and unsurprisingly for those who are frequent readers of the site, the most energetic fusillade of sound is likely to be my pick of the release, which in this instance is the opener and title Ζούγκλα (Jungle).
Drawing influences from mod and brit-blues the trio deliver in their latest release – Shit Show (available on bandcamp) – a track of powerful instrumentation and percussion combinations that have the listener joining in on the dance-floor whilst paradoxically the vocal, which also sounds of good nature, is expressing a lyric of societal-inequalities with scathing contempt.
Conjoining derision with a sense of togetherness with the 99% – give their protestations greater impact than would be achieved through phlegm strewn lips screaming invective.
I apologise for the late scheduling of this song which has been sitting in my email inbox since earlier this month.
The English alt-rock creator Daniel Clark released the LP Corridors on the 12th.
A ten track album (available on bandcamp) that has a brooding presence, much akin to walking through a mountain valley at dusk, with the listener sensing the natural beauty of the shadowy surroundings looming overhead whilst the unseen has the mind creating its own imagined dangers lurking therein.
The Canadian alt-rock project of Doug Hempstead – Area Resident – released the LP Delano on the 10th.
Pulling in reference points across the Atlantic ocean to the East and also South of the border – Area Resident one moment takes the listener to southern-slide blues, the next to pub-rock yet never leaving the listener locked in the Hudson Strait by its inclusive temperament.
There is some inevitability to the global nature of the compositions that the scathing thought process of the fourth of the ten tracks on Delano (available on bandcamp) – Show No One – would gain my particular attention.