The Swedish melodic rock trio don’t trust Vegas released the two track single Mercy on the 13th.
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Fascinatingly the B side of the single is a piano version of Mercy, which gives an insight to their songwriting song starting points and expands on how don’t trust Vegas are able to use their musical prowess to create material which is both expansive whilst simultaneously has a clear direction of travel.
The full version interweaves the synths and guitar to create the generous backdrop for the vocal to emote of the context of the track, while the bass and percussion brings everything together akin to a spanner turning a bolt.
Word arrives that during the course of 2017 don’t trust Vegas aim to release singles on a fairly regular basis and it will be interesting to discover whether each release will also include the source material.
Within the past couple of hours the Swedish alt-rock band LaDiDaalerted me to a brand new song…
LaDiDa – You Got It
You Got It – requests only that your hips and knees are in snaking mood as the bustle of percussion and bass tremble the walls akin to a quickie outside the pub, whilst guitar plays the part of the Peeping Tom furtively glancing over the shoulders as vocal attracts the Doggers from miles around and before you know it – what was a quiet tryst has become a full on showcase being streamed live across the internet.
The Swedish dark-folk duo Riket revealed the track Lost My Love less than ten hours ago.
Those of sharper ears may think you recognise one part of the duet of voices as being the distinctive sound of Bea from LaDiDa and you would be right – amongst other projects Bea teams up with Jennifer Lander to form the darkened sounds of Riket.
There is a mystical beauty in the resonance of the just under four minute track which finds the listener seeking the cloak of Gothic Architecture in which to fully enjoy Lost My Love.
I am looking forward to hearing more during the course of 2017 and word arrives of thoughts of an EP on distant wings.
Surfacing in Växjö, Sweden – Dante Enocson (Vocals / Guitar), Victor Galeano (Drums), Jonas Loman (Bass) and Pontus Oskarsson (Guitar) combine to form the angst-rock band Ikiryo.
With a sense of inner-turmoil the music tumbles out of the speakers in refrains of lamenting woe. To the palette of emo, Ikiryo, adds progressive-rock insularity and an outward facing shoegaze tint giving the material extended stretchers of anguish.
The vocal hauntingly yawps as if espying the Gates of Hades while the combinations of guitar fluctuate between invitational pirouettes and staunch barriers of entry as the bass highlights the oppressive morose sentiments of the music and under-pinning the weight of the structure lays a solid percussion which, from time to time, launches everything into the air and ably gathers the scattered elements back in to shape.
You may mistakenly get the sense from this article it is a criticism that Ikiryo are neither this nor that – it is however for their very ability to pull in ideas which they convert to their own slot in the music scene that makes them of considerable interest and a band I will be keeping an ear out for with future material.
A few years into existence Ikiryo haven’t rushed out releases, with their début LP – Asleep/Awake (available on bandcamp) only arriving last month, I only hope it doesn’t take another three years for the follow-up.