Voluptas Mors – Can’t You See – Audio

The Spanish triphop duo from Spain, Voluptas Mors, released the LP Intelligence on the 13th.

Voluptas Mors - Can't You See

Voluptas Mors

In similar vein to their last LP Innocence, in Intelligence (available on bandcamp) switches around vocals, though with more of Laura singing than Ramon and with the compositions being of deeper resonance and complexity it provides the overall feel an album of sultry allure, with the audience finding themselves slinking their torso with the undulating beats.

The middle track is Can’t You See.

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Los Labios – Birthday – Video

Los Labios is a Spanish rock band.

Los Labios - Birthday - artwork

Los Labios – Birthday – artwork

Earlier in the month Los Labios released the LP Birthday.

By way of an introduction to a band who most certainly know one end of a song from the other and how to fill the space in-between with highly impressive rock and roll, resultingly are gaining a strong international following, the title track and fifth of the ten on the album.

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When Nalda Became Punk – Hanging Out With Imogen – Audio

The Spanish indie quartet When Nalda Became Punk release the LP Those Words Broke Our Hearts on the 10th.

When Nalda Became Punk - Photo by Pablo Ferreira

When Nalda Became Punk – Photo by Pablo Ferreira

The first of the six tracks on the album (available on bandcamp) – Hanging Out With Imogen – can’t help but bring some lightness to the day as the retro combinations of synth and guitar generate a warming ambience to the room.

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The Sonic Headlight

Surfacing in A Coruña in Spain is Xoel Diamante (Guitar / Vocal), Juan Corredoira (Guitar), Pablo García (Bass) and Nicolás Cotelo (Drums) who form the prog-rock band The Sonic Headlight.

The Sonic Headlight - Prog-rock from Spain

The Sonic Headlight

There is an angularity to sounds which emerge from the speakers that make you immediately take a glance to check there is a sense of the perpendicular to the walls and a set square to the ceiling and much like those degrees of error, so The Sonic Headlight invest into their sounds inflections which give the material its resonance.




The Sonic Headlight explore the imperfections of the eight note scale and investigate the differences between 432 and 440 Hz tuning to deliver music which always seems out of kilter, but is more exact than the division by eight can provide. Like an algorithmic table the further up and down the scales the band ranges, so the music bends more inwards as the log tables exaggerate the aspects of simple scales which cause those with auditory OCD to recoil when hearing most compositions. Perhaps more appropriately as a genre definition – ‘log-scale reproduction for those with sensitivity to Hertz irregularities in standard scaling’.

The début LP by The Sonic Headlight  – Take #1 was made available last month and can be ordered on bandcamp.

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Forest & Dove

Based in. La Coruña in Spain surface the trio of JJ Casteleiro (Bass), Oscar Caramés (Drums) and Richard J. Dowling (Guitar / Vocal) with additional percussion by Leap Hamilton – to form the alt-rock band Forest & Dove.

Forest & Dove - alt-rock based in Spain

Forest & Dove photo by Sandra García Rey

An intriguing blend of Spanish Folk and US Southern-blues merge together in the out-put of  Forest & Dove leaving the audience simultaneously tapping feet in unison and nodding head in sagacity. The trio don’t seek to darken the mood of the moment as they allow the blousy blues to flight-footedly scamper around the room.




Acoustic guitar, sometimes even a Spanish Guitar and electric lead, which fleetingly makes me wonder how this works in live performance, is matted with stentorian bass giving the tracks their solid spine, as the drum-kit splices between the softly spoken and the expressive, the additional percussion used in recorded tracks adds a depth of field to the aural range. Vocal stretches from supporting act to conductor which again allows the trio to extend their range.

The début, five track, EP by Forest & DovePleasure To Burn (available on bandcamp), which I have had the opportunity to listen to in full is being released on the 15th of January. Sadly I am unable to share with you more than one track, the opener – and in my view not the jewel of the five – though giving a fair idea of what to expect – Burning Blue.

I look forward to future harvest by Forest & Dove as they sow their seed of fertile creativity.

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