Hypertonus – H​.​E​.​D​.​E​.​R​.​A. – Audio

The German instrumental-art-rock trio Hypertonus released the LP Tidal Wave on the 3rd.

Hypertonus - Photo credit - Arne B

Hypertonus – Photo credit – Arne B

The roughly forty two minutes, nine track, album (available on bandcamp) is replete with lengthy compositions, yet none outstay their welcome as Hypertonus fill every nook and cranny with intriguing ideas that carry along the listener in their wake with no extended solo sections, giving the complete release a complexity that the listener can happily go over and re-explore.

There is a maths-rock feel to much of the output which is soothed by a counter-balancing organic flow to the tracks and an LP well worth taking time to discover.

My selection from Tidal Wave is the sixth – H​.​E​.​D​.​E​.​R​.​A. .

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Thieves Like Us – Broken Mirror – Video

The German electro-indie quartet Thieves Like Us will be releasing their eponymous LP on the 27th.

Thieves Like Us - eponymous release - physical formats

Thieves Like Us – eponymous release – physical formats

A nine track album of eddies and flows reflecting of the world in which they find themselves submerged.

Rather than flailing and ultimately drowning in the quicksand of 21st Century societal vapours Thieves Like Us push up their legs and float on the morass that is the reality of the world around although through the roughly thirty six minutes release there is no deflecting from the melancholia that steeps the theme the listener is equally afforded an extended arm to grab hold of and join in with a rescue attempt for the 99%.

The sixth track is Broken Mirror.

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EWIAN – Radioactive Star – Video

The dark-rock, Germany based, trio EWIAN will be releasing the LP Heart Crash Boom Bang on the 3rd of March.

EWIAN - Heart Crash Boom Bang - artwork

EWIAN – Heart Crash Boom Bang – artwork

Radioactive Star, the first of the ten tracks on the album is a foreboding cloud of smoke which drifts through the room leaving the listener surrounded by a feeling of melancholia from which they don’t wish to escape and a fine introduction to the ensuing roughly thirty six minutes of the following nine compositions.

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ASTROBOY – Dead Flowers – Audio

The German maths-rock trio ASTROBOY released an eponymous EP on the 23rd.

ASTROBOY

ASTROBOY

Best to ensure you have a set-square to hand and can recall Euclidean geometry as the angular bracken’s of sound dart across the room in angry flares of fuzziness.

The five track release (available on bandcamp) fizzes out of the speakers akin to fireworks shooting from their launchers before lighting up the night sky in colourful displays of arching gunpowder.

The opener is Dead Flowers.

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Sofi Lofi

Split between Oslo (Norway) and Berlin (Germany) – Mette Sofie (Guitar / Vocals), Christian Næss (Drums), Kenneth Amundsen (Guitar) and Lene Vinje (Bass) form the purple-blues band Sofi Lofi.

Sofi Lofi - Photo by Ketil Hardy

Sofi Lofi – Photo by Ketil Hardy

Tempting the audience to accompany them into their lair there is an enticing fetishism about Sofi Lofi that promises of velvet ties and extended foreplay, which they provide in writhing ecstasies of sound.




The blurry guitars nibble the ears as the pulsating percussion massages the neck and the throbbing bass cradles the body whilst the desirous vocal blows steamy licks across the eyelids.

A gradually evolving side project Sofi Lofi have this year decided to break surface, after a teaser at the end of 2015, in earnest and the welcome addition of their début eight track LP Buried (available on bandcamp) is, one can only hope, a forerunner of more to come.

The engagement of the dark mossy dampeners of bass with the fluidity of the two guitars alongside the voyeuristic percussion and seductive vocal makes Sofi Lofi a project in evolution one that already has much to add to the world of music and I look forward to more to come.

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