Word arrives of a new LP in the wings and from the forthcoming album – Everything – contains the familiarity of the fresh-faced US influenced indie sound which drew my attention to The 101’s back in 2014.
To be found in Utrecht and Amsterdam in The Netherlands are Karindra Perrier (Vocal), Erik Brouwer (Keys), Jesse Buitenhuis (Guitar), Thijs van Gemert (Bass) and Thijs Bastiaans (Drums) who create the dark-rock sounds of Femme Vanille.
There is a disconsolate darkness which threads through the room as Femme Vanille take to the room. The despondent mood is woven with flecks of gold which shimmers through the material, giving the forlorn blanket a luxury in which the listener desires to be entrapped.
The quintet provide the audience with a sense of the dramatic, without it ever becoming a cartoon production as they have a firm grounding for the compositions and it is the expansiveness of the tracks which gives it its detail that holds the ear, rather than them becoming parodies of themselves.
The subtle flow of the music is punctuated by the expressive vocal which captures initial focus of attention, though the longer you listen to their music the more it blends and becomes part of the fabric of the output.
With releases and time behind them Femme Vanille have honed their craft and each iteration finds the quartet better able to deliver music that expresses their complex orchestration.
Toto Boroto is the lo-fi psychedelic project of Efrem Angela, born in Aruba in 1990 who moved to Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 2009. After some punk bands, he found himself a permanent place in the bands The Sasters and Nancy Acid. Under the name Gypsy Lemm, he created little projects and last year one of these projects popped out as Toto Boroto.
I discovered this band via the five track EP Lama which is available on bandcamp. Especially the second song Albino got my attention. It’s a typically lo-fi sound with some easy chords and riffs, but… there is chemistry in the air.
Toto Boroto creates simple songs with a special atmosphere. Like the last song Blue Sunday, it has a bluesy riff as an underlying driver, looping during the track. On top of that, there are these strange high diatonic sounds.
Shadowpeak from Utrecht in The Netherlands is the shoegaze quartet of Jordy van den Berg (Guitar / Vocal), Bram Custers (Drums / Vocals), Annelies van Bemmel (Synth / Vocals) and Terry Stooker (Bass).
Shadowpeak – Photo by Gerianne Meijer
Shadowpeak have a marked thixotropic sound as the music sheers into to flowing sounds that descend into the room from steely guitars which initially given the out-put a jagged composition. The anomalies of the quartet are what makes for an intriguing band as Shadowpeak explore the higher register of sounds in a manner which, for someone with tinnitus fill the ears, yet, within the forceful timbre, they are able to develop the underlying compositions, whilst despite a plethora of vocalists, the voices always remains submerged, featuring more as an harmonic accompaniment.
Given the style of the music, Shadowpeak are able to surprise the listener with the aggressive approach that catches you unprepared and the ears are left with ringing silence as tracks conclude.
A début six track eponymous EP, which is available on bandcamp, was released last month and the twenty three minutes provide the listener with plenty to think about.