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.
The US alt-rock band Oneida released a two track 7″ single on the 10th.
Marking a transition in their continual development – the limited edition yellow vinyl release (available on Joyful Noise) sees Oneida, akin to the caterpillar morphing in to a chrysalis prior to emerging as a butterfly, each intricate in their own development – in the chrysalis phase – prior to an LP of fresh material coming out in March of next year.
The US based folk-rock quartet Mother Lights released the EP Waiting for Mammoths on the 13th.
An immersive four track release which blends keys, bowed and strummed strings, percussion and vocal in to a weave of rich tapestry with a vaguely forlorn sense of wistful remembrance to the compositions.
With influences steeped in UK folk-revival and US folk-rock of the ’60s, Mother Lights are well positioned to create music which draws from a deep well of creativity, yet are able to transpose the songs through the decades to give the sounds a fresh lick of paint.
The penultimate track on Waiting For Mammoths – Last Dance – being my pick of the release.
Revealed early (available as a standalone single on bandcamp) was All I Remember which will be the fourth of the ten tracks.
Prior to advancing towards the play button ensure you have a handkerchief nearby to dry weeping eyes as the sonorous voice leads the listener on an exquisite journey of longing and loss with the wistful melodies of guitar, keys and bass create sonic layers of drifting interwoven melancholia with percussion setting a sombre framework.
The US alt-rock quartet Titty Citty are scheduled to release the LP An Oil Painting Of Bono That Resembles Stevie Wonder in January 2018.
Given their whimsical presentation it would be easy to dismiss their output as something to only play in short bursts as an interlude, however to do so would be to ignore what underneath it all are capable musicians who can put together songs which whilst lightening the mood are also are well written compositions with the instrumentation and synth providing a layered interplay and the percussion giving them an engaging rhythm.
Having had the opportunity to tun through the eight track album, I can attest this will be a release to add to the collection.
By way of an introduction – the third song on the LP – Boots And Cats.