Dead Natives – Something Strange – Audio

The English alt-indie quartet released the three track single Something Strange on the 13th.

Dead Natives

Dead Natives

A pressurised stream of music is uncorked on hitting play as the roughly eleven minutes of Something Strange fizzes in to the room.

Underpinning the prescriptive britpop temper Dead Natives are able to do far more than merely follow the formula as they inject a more pugnacious construct to the music, which is most prevalent in the opening track – the title – and my pick of the release (available on bandcamp), which perhaps unsurprisingly is the briefest – lasting more than a minute less than either of the other two pieces.

My hope is that Dead Natives continue with the compression with less use of the elongation as, to my ears, their material is far stronger when tautened rather than flowered.

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Hawk – Take It Away – Audio

The English alt-rock quartet Hawk, release the EP She Knows on the 17th of March.

Hawk

Hawk

From the forthcoming release is Take It Away.

The ethereal voice of Julie Hawk accompanied by the condensed and pressurised bass by Chris Handsley, from which it emerges, is the signature sound of Hawk. Glittering guitar combinations by Julie and Matthew Harris with a tautly leashed percussion provided by Sam Campbell serve the contrasting palette that affords the intrigue of the compositions.

The context of the music is on the darker elements of life, not seeking to wallow in them, rather to offer a challenge to what are becoming social mores, with Take It Away arguing against a growing societal acceptance that women should be afraid to go out at night and if they do, it is their own fault if they are abused.

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PSYBLINGS – Become A Pattern – Audio

The English psychedelic rock quintet PSYBLINGS found some Studio time to record a few tracks.

PSYBLINGS - Become A Pattern

PSYBLINGS

Currently on a short tour in England – prior to heading off PSYBLINGS made available one of the new songs – Become A Pattern.

A just over three minutes track of curling wisps of guitars threading with the echoey vocal, which emerge from a drum kit that revolves around the steel with the bass keeping all the elements in line.

Word has not arrived yet as to whether the collection of recordings will be surfacing as an EP, LP or individual singles – as I have news I will keep you appraised.

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New Arcades – From The Dark – Single Review

The English electro-indie outfit New Arcades revealed a new track within the past few hours.

New Arcades - From The Dark

New Arcades – From The Dark

I often discover music that is perfectly suited to a moment – though perhaps there is some inevitability in that as I am almost always writing music reviews – however – a weekend with a new dance-track – what more does life require?

New Arcades over the years have always kept their music light to the touch, yet with sufficient gravitas to capture attention and From The Dark, set for official release on the 3rd of February, with its feathering beat and drifting vocal is no exception. They never aim to start a revolution, it is, evolution of a party mood which is more their speciality as they tempt the conversations to stop and the dancing to begin.

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Fragile Creatures – Monsters – Single Review

The English alt-rock quintet Fragile Creatures surfaced with a new track within the past couple of hours.

Fragile Creatures - Monster

Fragile Creatures

Monsters has a tauter grip on the reigns than their previous material in a song which launches itself across the room like a steel ball in a bagatelle table.

The listener becomes captivated in the opening unbending dampened guitar strings as a slowly surfacing analogue synth provides a warmth and depth as though interwoven with the guitar. As the track develops the more slackly strung second guitar combines with the electronics giving the piece an intriguing process of evolution whilst a drum-kit with skins held fast enough to break one of the wrist or stick if hammered harder maintains the sharpness of delivery and bass stays as a weighing anchor – easy to miss – though intrinsic to the tad under three and a sixth minutes song.

On the basis of the development of composition arrangement over the past nine months – I look forward with eagerness to what comes next.

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