Yardlander – Kiss With Teeth – Single Review

Yardlander is a relatively new English brooding-rock quartet.

Yardlander

Yardlander

Having spent time honing on their craft on stage they recently revealed their first track for those not within reaching distance to hear as a recording – Kiss With Teeth.

On hitting play you may ponder the thought of ‘relatively new’ as thundering across the room spins a tune which many musicians of long teeth would be delighted to be able to produce as the quartet deftly weave betwixt one another, allowing each element to shine in turn, in a track which would not be lost on a windy and rainy day at Glastonbury.

Somewhat retrospective in nature, Yardlander, dampen rather than expand notes giving the song a resplendence of the 21st Century and is finely juxtaposed with the derivations of the sound, as whilst those of longer musical catalogues will naturally expand phrases, the quartet catching out the unwary, shorten them.

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Ayawaska – The Ride – Video

The English merseybeat trio Ayawaska released their début single The Ride yesterday.

Ayawaska

Ayawaska

You can almost hear the valves starting to glow as the warming analogue sounds of The Ride floats in to the room.

The hazy veil that the material sits behind gives the track a psychedelic tinge in which the listener can delightedly indulge as the trio offer a just over three and a half minutes of breezy music that raises a smile and a sense of well-being.

Drawing influences from the ’60s and ’70s The Ride doesn’t sound like a pale version of what has become before, rather, a welcome signpost of what is in store and Ayawaska are most assuredly a band I look forward to hearing more of in due course.

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Developers

Developers from London in England is the orchestral-rock trio of Raph HurwitzJonny Wanders and Alex Hurwitz.

Developers - Orchestral-rock from England

Developers

The music that drifts easily around the room attests to musicians who know one-end of a songsheet from the other and the trio of names will, for those of particularly good memory, call to mind an article published in 2011 about a quartet named Audiogold. Developers is a new band that takes the former structures and adds an unguent fluidity to the output.

The trio confidently introduce strings and keys to the rock instrumentation allowing them to deliver music which, while complex in structure, lays easily on the ears. Nods are made towards big ’70s Stadium rock bands, which they mellow out to provide the audience with a progression that doesn’t wander off into obscure flights of fantasy. Developers have set themselves a very high bar, which tests both writing and performing skills, examinations they pass with flying colours and demand of the listener – concentration.

At present there is only one release of music, which is being publicly performed for the first time this evening in about an hour, their début EP 1.4 . Opening with Movement 1, which serves as a scene setter followed by three additional, named tracks containing featured elements – The Call, Save Me and closing with Your Grace. Much like a concerto plus one, this needs to be played through in full to gain optimum value, though each individual section can survive alone, as each becomes a progression of the previous, prior to dissolving into itself, leaving the listener the sense of having travelled a circumnavigation of a concept.

Without wishing to seeming to be plagiarising Monty Python – now for something completely different…

…The stream below of the full EP will only play for twenty four hours from 20:30 UTC – an hours time from publication of this article. Come the release of EP 1.4 I will replace it with a more permanent entity.

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