Snakeoil Salesmen – Convicts & Catholics – Audio

The English smugglers-rock creator Matt Couch who performs as Snakeoil Salesmen releases the EP Snakeoil Salesmen II on the 31st.

Snakeoil Salesmen

Snakeoil Salesmen

Music which is steeped in sea-shanty and folklore tipples out of the speakers when taking a listen to the back catalogue and on the basis of the one song I have heard of the four on the EP (available on bandcamp) I anticipate more of the same vein.

Convicts & Catholics, the opening track, skips through the room in flighty rock’n’roll guise finding the audience dancing alongside the scathing lyric, yet not flummoxed by the contrasts of sound and sentiment.

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The Hugs – Friends Can Break Your Heart – Audio

The US meltwave quartet, The Hugs, will release the three track single New Utopia on the 14th of February.

The Hugs

The Hugs

I can think of no more appropriate date than Valentines Day for the release of New Utopia as, akin to the name of the band, the audience needs to be listening to the middle track of the single –  Friends Can Break Your Heart (available on bandcamp) – whilst hugging someone or something to fully immerse themselves in the flowing frequencies which cover the room in sweetly scented soft-pink rose petals.

Even given the song title and lyrical content Friends Can Break Your Heart is a composition that plucks at the heart-strings in the romance laden dreamscape.

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Blushing – Hidden Places – Audio

Blushing, the US dreamgaze quartet, have revealed the second track on the EP Weak which is set for release on the 18th.

Blushing - photo credit @eddie_chavez_

Blushing – photo credit @eddie_chavez_

Having now had the opportunity to listen to the full five track release (available on bandcamp) I am able to reaffirm my initial thoughts when featuring the title track back in November, that this is a EP to grab hold of on release.

Each song on the roughly twenty three minutes release is of slightly different texturing whilst each leaves the listener drawing thoughts of time having been slowed while gazing at distant galaxies expanding and contracting.

I draw particular attention to the closing track Love You Twice, which I am not able to share at this stage, though that isn’t to say the track I am able to feature – Hidden Places – is in anyway of lesser ingenuity.

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Vazum – Servant – Audio

Vazum is relatively new goth-rock project from the USA who will be releasing the début and eponymous LP on the 10th of February.

Vazum

Vazum

Watching the subwoofer flex inside its own cone with bass speaker rotating off its platform are but two of the many delights in engaging with Vazum.

The seven track album pulses through the room in ever deeper cloaking until the listener is pitched in to the darkness afforded by a blackout curtain by when the elongated vocal smears and bending guitars have already enticed the limbs in to purple velvet bonds in which to writhe in uncontrolled ecstasy.

The third track is Servant.

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SLOGAN – Bérénice – Audio

The French synthwave duo SLOGAN most recently featured as The Band Of The Month in April of last year.

SLOGAN - Bérénice

SLOGAN

A few hours ago the Lyon (France) based label Metro A revealed the EP VOLUME I – Sessions Polycarpe of new songs by the five bands with whom they work.

The first of the five songs is Bérénice by SLOGAN which is the gateway to an approximately eighteen minutes of sweeping electronica in which to explore a collection of enticing music.

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