The Lab is a new Canadian haunting-electronica duo.
Word does arrive of an EP which is due for release around the end of the month, however, at present there is only one song to hear – Oceans.
Immediately on hitting play the listener finds themselves pondering are there only two players rather than a complete orchestra?
The sorrowful orchestration circles through the room in an alchemic synthesis of horns, kettledrum, organ, bows and strings which paint a celestial soundscape through which the voice, as though gliding on thermals, provides effortless broad pitch – leaving the audience spellbound by the mesmerising, quietly flowing, composition.
Within the past dozen hours the Canadian swing-rock outfit From Gemini released their eponymous EP.
Tipple the speakers to upper volume to best enjoy the output as registers of upper notes and lower beams sling their hooks across the room in a luxurious soundscape of finely fingered twitching guitar notes which slip inside and out of meandering octave and delay pedals giving the music considerable direction of travel as the thumping percussion and bass threaten to break the sub-woofer through which the vocal fights for space for its own intervention – though far from sounding like an idea of disparate concepts – it all lays in narrative which has the listener entranced.
From the EP the second of the five tracks – Better Days.
The Canadian funk-rock band The Altobeelays released the LP Weaponized Magik earlier in the month.
Weaving in threads of jazz, rock, funk, soul and the occasional hip-hop – The Altobeelays deliver a well designed tapestry for the audience to spend time. Their music continually has a frenetic hive of activity going on at anyone time providing it a sense of extemporisation and resulting in the output having a natural organic flow which holds attention.
Spending much of their time on the road, the collection of eight songs on Weaponized Magik, which is available directly from their website, affords both those who have seen them in live performance and those who haven’t the opportunity to recreate their own party at home.
By way of an introduction the opening track Psycho Jungle.