Alfie Jack – Remain – Single Review

The English rock’n’maths outfit Alfie Jack revealed a new track in the past few days.

Alfie Jack - Remain

Alfie Jack

A highly infectious virus is unleashed on hitting play and the listener finds themselves immediately robotically rattling and rolling through the room as the angular and dampened guitar skitters through the ears akin to a jammed punchcard processor firing pins of repeated holes in to ever more compressed layers of paper, whilst sprightly vocals and bouncing percussion springs unhindered in pleasured abandon in a song that gradually evolves to ever more ska beat as it extends.

Each time I return to Alfie Jack they are are able to pull another idea out of the warren, which, they couch in unexpected furnishings.

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Mara Falls – One For The Road – Single Review

Mara Falls is a relatively new alt-rock trio from England.

Mara Falls

Mara Falls

With only a couple of tracks around, for those who haven’t seen them live, the most recent of which,  One For The Road, was released as a single on the 3rd.

Displaying strong songwriting skills and delivery, it is not a great surprise that Mara Falls are already establishing a live performance circuit and certainly a band a you can expect to hear much more of in the near future.

One For The Road offers the listener a combination of easy to engage sounds through which they weave intricate and unobtrusive layers of texture and pacing allowing the listeners who like their music to be unobtrusive to find a space to enjoy and for those of us who look for their listening preferences to have more gravitas plenty to consider. The percussion steps effortlessly been rim-shot time keeping to furling rolls that test the stability of the drum-kit whilst bass flows from pulsing to melodic as the guitar provides moments of quiet glitter to roaring riffs whilst a very quiet keyboard can be spotted popping its nose above the parapet from time to time as the well controlled vocal ensures all the elements are aligned, with the hive of activity all surfacing like an elegantly gliding swan out of the speakers.


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Helen Culver – Here To Use You – Audio

The English eroto-synth duo Helen Culver released the EP Tricks Are For Kids on the 5th.

Helen Culver

Helen Culver

This is a duo best heard in the dark basement of a sleazy nightclub in the most degenerate section of the city as the luxurious sweeps of sound spark a sexual tension that finds the listener overcome by wanton desire.

The charged vocal teases kisses on the earlobes while the deep textures of synth invitingly caress the mind.

My selection of the four track EP (available on bandcamp) is the second Here To Use You.

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The Pocket Gods – The Perfect Blue – Video

The English alt-rock band The Pocket Gods will be releasing the LP The Jesus And Mary Chain in July.

The Pocket Gods - The Jesus And Mary Chain - artwork

The Pocket Gods – The Jesus And Mary Chain – artwork

The first track to surface from the album – The Perfect Blue – is full of texture and layering as The Pocket Gods deliver a song which is more rich in content than much of their music that has featured over the years.

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The Mighty Orchid King – Ocular Riptide – Audio

The English psychedelic quartet The Mighty Orchid King released the EP Nothing Ever Happened on the 28th of April.

The Mighty Orchid King

The Mighty Orchid King

The listener finds themselves ensconced in reminders of Deep Purple on hitting play as the unfettered kaleidoscope of refracting crystallised light shimmers through the room leaving the mind failing to catch up with its own thought process as the synapses splutter and slow down to a revolving eye of absorbing inner consciousness.

My only thoughts before hitting play are – allow yourself time and plenty of it. Thus far it has taken me since the introduction on the 13th of April to get this far with you – to suggest the second of the four tracks on Nothing Ever Happened (available on bandcamp) – Ocular Riptide – is my pick of the release.

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