On the 24th of July the English synth-wave duo From Apes To Angels will be releasing their début EP New Skin.
From Apes To Angels – New Skin – artwork
A four track release that is best heard under strobed lighting as the duo deliver a soundtrack that has a slightly retro-feel to it in which the listener can immerse themselves and wash away the mundanities of every day life to the layered texturing and dreamy vocal.
The second song Gift Tag is the sprightliest of the four whilst simultaneously the most steeped in the roots of the Blitz Club.
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The US angular-rock quintet Playing To Vapors released the LP Shred The Master Design on the 16th.
Playing To Vapors
Akin to a spider weaving its web Playing To Vapors build complex silks of music threaded by fragile tapestry which derives its steadfastness via tensile strength. Not an album to approach when in a hurry to head else where, rather a tad over three quarters of an hour album to take in one sitting to dwell in the construction thereof.
One guitar bends and bows against another of intransigent linear progression, whilst bass calms the resulting conflict as percussion ties anchoring knots from which the vocal discovers harmonisation; All of which through the audience lays in approving silence.
My selection of the ten tracks is the second – Twin Flame.
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Young Folk is a lofi-indie quartet from the USA.
Recently releasing the LP A Little Time (available on bandcamp) – Young Folk take this opportunity to take the listener on a wide ranging journey from jazz fusion,through maths-rock, via rock ‘n’roll and on to southern country with much betwixt, whilst not losing the audience in the mix. Adding a trumpet in to the front-line allows the quartet to travel along their own path affording their output a space all of its own.
There is an earthy honesty to the unpretentious sounds that swivel across the room in the just over half an hour ten track album. My pick of which is the penultimate – Over Mountains.
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The US glitch-wave creator REIGHNBEAU featured, last, just over a year ago.
Earlier in the month the EP HIDE (available on bandcamp) was released.
Much like aural origami REIGHNBEAU folds up electronics and vocals in to seemingly unrelated spaces and it isn’t until completion that the final shape suddenly crystallises.
The second of the five tracks is I Want Love.
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Luster is an electro-indie quartet from Denmark.
Luster – Photo credit Peter Troest
With only a couple of tracks that I have been able to hear Luster have an infectious quality that captures attention – more so in their most most recent reveal You’ve Got The Heat a beat that finds the heart pumping in syncopation with the joie de vivre that skips through the room and the listener finds themselves subconsciously swaying to the tempo.
Given the difference between the two pieces, the earlier – Good Dreamer being a more layered melancholia – this is an outfit I look forward to hearing more of in short order as by which ever thread Luster choose to hang the fruit they are capable of delivering a track that soaks in to the limbic system, taking the audience with them.
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