The Greek alt-rock project of Prins Obi released the LP The Age Of Tourlou yesterday.
A fourteen track album (available on bandcamp) that casts an acerbic eye on the world around.
The opening song is Anatolian Rock. For those of geographical and geo-political interest which, if you are a regular reader, will be well aware – I am a keen follower. Anatolia is a region of disparate melting pots of different thoughts and by title alone a decent reflective of the sentiments of The Age Of Tourlou. As an aside I did at one point in time have an Anatolian Shepherd Dog named Galen as company as I travelled in Western Asia during the latter end of the last Century – but enough of all that – the song and why you should get to know the LP.
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The English dark-hop outfit Ceiling Demons are currently putting together an LP for release later in the year.
Ceiling Demons have no concern in bringing in unexpected instrumentation to add the appropriate atmosphere to their compositions and from the forthcoming album – March Forward (available on the NARC. eleventh birthday compilation LP via bandcamp) – brass gives the track its sombre tone in a eulogy of loss within which the catharsis finds, in the latter part of the track, bowed strings marking a change in sensibility with brightly sparkling keys also surfacing as the composition concludes with a sense of acceptance and optimistic renewal.
Having also had the opportunity to take a listen to their catalogue which dates back to 2012 – and it is worth time so doing – (available on bandcamp), as Ceiling Demons have grown in self-belief and ability, so their music has equally developed greater confidence and stature.
As more detail of the forthcoming LP surfaces, I will aim to keep you informed.
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thom simon is a garage rock trio from the USA.
My apologies that this feature is late, as the introduction was made on the 6th.
With a few pieces behind them, thom simon, offer the listener a broad stretch of ideas, within their material, that dates back for over three years. Sometimes psychedelic, other times funky-reggae and even as is the case in their latest track, which came out earlier this month – Driving Dreams (available on bandcamp) – surfy-garage-dance – always engaging and having been filtered through a gauze the resulting music has a warmth of sound that embraces the listener.
It is of little surprise they are securing a wider touring base and Festival appearances. I look forward to hearing more of thom simon, in short order.
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On the 15th of May the Canadian gaze-rock quartet Hooded Fang will be releasing the LP Dynasty House.
From time to time the means by which you approach the pronunciation of the word regulates how you hear the music and if you are of approach to Dynasty as the enunciation ‘Dinerstee’ rather than the enunciation of ‘Dinnersti’ will perhaps elucidate how you interpret Nene Of Light – perhaps even more circumnavigated in my own instance as the the river Nene flowing through Cambridgeshire in England is not many miles away at its nearest point – affords me an even greater peculiarity and for that explanation alone explains precisely why musical experience is a singular one and that which one person revels within another rebels against.
Nene Of The Light I enjoy, for the elongation of consonant, as the music extends the soundscape like warm butter coating boiled potatoes, which others may find a consternation.
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The Norway based dark-rock project Sofi Lofi released the LP Nuits de Gala earlier in the month.
Sofi Lofi – Mette Sofie
My apologies to everyone for getting to this late as this has been with me for a few weeks now.
Sofi Lofi more normally perform as a full line up – Nuits de Gala (available on bandcamp) is a solo release by Mette Sofie.
An intense brooding presence that extends for almost thirty five minutes of unrelenting menace through the ten songs, however, the listener is unwilling to take a break from the pressurising waves of ambient darkness. The album is given greater stature by the minimal post-production that allows the tracks to highlight their raw organic oppressive presence. My selection of the album is the fifth song – Restless Sun Breaks The Day.
Word also arrives that the full band are currently breaking some ground towards another LP, I will keep you updated as I am able.
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