The Swiss psychedelic-rock band Dirty Sound Magnet release the LP Western Lies on the 12th of May.
Dirty Sound Magnet – Western Lies – artwork
Rather than taking the listener on a gentle glass-eyed ride, Dirty Sound Magnet are a band who are politically charged – and that of course is one reason why I enjoy their output, along with the quality of the work – as they cast wary eye on the world around and the listener feels they are on some sort of a nightmare of a trip as the dystopian template spins around the head.
From the twelve track album – Homo Economicus – which is the fourth.
The England originating Israel / Switzerland based alt-rock duo ‘Les Paul’s’ (The Paul’s) released the LP A Mile Until Dawn on the 18th.
‘Les Paul’s’ (The Paul’s) – A Mile Until Dawn – artwork
The dozen track just under seventy minute album takes the listener on an aural landscape of intrigue and discovery.
As regular readers know I am a punk rock vocalist from the ’70s and to me a song that lasts more than three minutes seems like an idea I couldn’t sustain, yet, within A Mile Until Dawn lay two tracks heading towards seven minutes long, with eight of them longer than five minutes – and the duo are able to have me thinking – ‘well they could have run for longer without me gritting my teeth’ as ‘Les Paul’s’ (The Paul’s) invest in each piece many ideas, yet none of them extravagant or extraneous and there is nothing that could have shaved from any of the compositions that would have done other than to detract from their value.
My selection from the album is the third – A Thousand Eyes.
The Switzerland based ethereal-synth creator DALLAN releases the single Me&My Love on the 27th of January.
The quietly delivered just over three minutes song glides imperceptibly from the speakers prior to taking flight and soaring above the listener in waves of captivating quietness and control, much like an Owl in flight, as the synths and instrumentation flow betwixt each other, from which the enchanting vocal feathers its own thermal current as the audience transfixes on the enticing spectral luminosity that slinks around the ears.
Me&My Love is a welcome follow-up to the early 2015 LP – Decade – and one can only hope this intimates of more music surfacing during the course of 2017.
50in15 is the musical project of Fabrizio Cavalca – a Swiss analogue-ambience creator.
Predominately making initial compositions to pianoforte for first scanning, Fabrizio then reconverts those ideas on to analogue synthesizers, predominantly one of various Roland options he has available, adding additional instrumentation as appropriate – leaving the listener in a dreamscape of their own making.
By way of an introduction – Sinusoïd – which is best ingested whilst laying back with plenty of mindspace to play within.
| mellowtone | is an alt-indie quintet from Fribourg in Switzerland, comprising Martina Birbaum (Vocals), Mirco Ackermann (Guitar), Matthias Haymoz (Bass), Ives Schmidt (Keys) and Beat Huber (Drums).
| mellowtone |
There is a pressing darkness that sweeps into the room while | mellowtone | deliver their blend of triphop and indie rock in luxurious layers of guitar and keys. The pulsating bass gives the material its weighty cloaking that envelops the listener in palpable melancholia, whilst the percussion spreads its wings from offering shimmering cymbals to crushing compression, whilst the scintillating vocal raises the sound to new heights.
Formed a few years ago – with well supported and regular attendance across their home-country it is only a sadness that their abilities are not more widely recognised as | mellowtone | are able to provide the audience with music that leaves them wanting to hear more. With some fortune there are a couple of LPs available along with a smattering of singles – as this is a quintet best listened to in lengthy sessions.
From their latest LP Broken Rooms – the first of the bakers-dozen of tracks – Long Gone.