B.W. Johnson – Black River In A Drought – Audio

B.W. Johnson is a woesome-folk project from England.

B.W. Johnson

B.W. Johnson

The listener finds themselves wearing worried brow as the music rolls in to the room with its furrowed visage.

An LP arrived this month – Moon #46 (available on bandcamp) which is highlighted by the middle of the seven tracks – Black River In A Drought – with its darkening delta-blues derivation that extends to a second under twelve and three quarters minutes, none of which is extraneous.

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Sloth – Treat Summer Like Wine – Audio

Sloth is a garage-surf quartet from Poland.

Sloth

Sloth

Much like a pick’n’mix selection of sweets Sloth draw their influences widely which are dropped in to a blender with the output containing retro-sounds which appear vaguely familiar, though are in reality a bespoke concoction of psychedelic-delights that leave the listener grinning, inanely, from ear to ear.

They recently released the LP 2-D (available on bandcamp) – an approximately thirty seven minutes, eight track, reveal which is best approached when there is no need to be in charge of machinery for the ensuing twenty-four hours.

By way of an introduction to a band I look forward to hearing more from in due course – Treat Summer Like Wine.

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AKWUAR – Millions Of Same Faces – Audio

The German art rock project AKWUAR is set to release the eponymous LP on the 8th of January.

AKWUAR

AKWUAR

A seven track album of melting instrumentation and electronica filtered through a gauze affording the songs an otherworldly texturing, tipped by voices which drift in and out of soft focus. There is an intriguing juxtaposition between the aural delivery of the compositions and the structure of the songs which are typically quite mathematical of construct giving the overall effect of music which minds the listener of Bauhaus architecture.

The opening track on the album is Millions Of Same Faces.

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Cologne – One Last Time – Audio

The US indie-dance quartet Cologne released their début EP New World yesterday.

Cologne

Cologne

An array of shimmering guitar lights up the room, while the underpinning synth gives the music a warming glow. The active rhythmic drum and bass guide the audience to the dance-floor with the sound completed by an expressive and unexpectedly tender vocal, affording their music a romantic disposition.

The penultimate of the five tracks on the EP (which is available on bandcamp) – One Last Time being my pick of the release.

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Mo•Louie – Sucked Me Dry – Audio

Mo•Louie is an Australian electro-soul creator.

Mo•Louie

Mo•Louie

Earlier this month the début LP Fire Brick was released.

A six track release of introspective electronica cloaking an evocative and distinctive voice which finds the listener wrapping themselves in a comforting counterpane as the melancholic compositions reflect on the harsh barbs of life, yet, despite the sadness the audience finds a sense of catharsis and is a release to bring out when life seems a tad glum.

My pick of the six on the album being the trumpet infused third – Sucked Me Dry.

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