Nodigga

Nodigga from Los Angeles in the USA is the solo lo-fi electronica creator Nick Cardinal.

Nodigga - lofi electronica from the USA

Nodigga

A fascinating conceptual idea which could only emerge out of the home of lo-fi – Los Angeles. On hitting play you will be convinced your speakers have broken, such is the distortion, but be assured all is well, this is the creativity of Nodigga.


By fusing what are normally crystal clear pitches with instrumental and earth tilling turns of the fork the listener is left in a space which captivates. Compositionally there is nothing out of the ordinary, it neither seeks to tear open the edges of the envelope, nor does it attempt to be user friendly from the off, but what we are left with is something of incredible value as the creativity of a lively mind which expresses the individuality and perspective in a surprising way.

The material demands concentration to gain maximum value and that is easy to give as Nick Cardinal offers the audience an opportunity to give it a moment or two to make sense, or reach for the off button in even less time. In my opinion, there is a fascinating journey to discover with Nodigga and certainly a concept that will remain on my watch list. The frayed edges of the notes which ripple across the room in broken fragments add a luxuriant psychedelic osmosis to the sounds being delivered to the ears.

I could and will spend many an hour in this space.

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Hobart W Fink

Jayk Gallagher (Vocals / Guitar), Marie Bollinger (Vocals), Brendan Kelley (Bass), Luke Harvis (Lead Guitar) and Byron Pagdilao (Drums) make up the Los Angeles, USA based indie rock band Hobart W Fink.

Hobart W Fink - indie rock from the USA

Hobart W Fink

I wondered whether the switching between vocalist by Hobart W Fink mid-track would grate and become nothing more than a confusion after a while, but they use the changeover particularly well and the music gains perspective through it and the more you hear the better it becomes. Fairly lengthy tracks (well over four minutes typically) gain resonance and intrigue as the voices tell different parts of the story.


The accompanying instrumental, I just enjoy for its carefree attitude which complements the two voices with their more studied off key vicissitude and the whole sound in combination fully wraps the listener in  tight grasp and joining in with the chorus.

There is undoubtedly a capable songwriter involved in the band as the stylised compositions have a tonality which keeps the audience in full focus and whilst easy for the ear to engage with, the tracks are far from easy to play as tempos switch up and down, along with keys, whilst retaining an animate flow.

I look forward to hearing more of Hobart W Fink who as an entity is just over a year old, as they have much to add to the world of music and with experience and confidence have the potential to be of even greater significance.

The name of the band is just a joy as don’t you like me, just need to do a wikipedia search to find out about this man- who must have been an eminent surgeon? In time I am hopeful we will find this entry is filled in with the details of these guys from Los Angeles, not, as I write – a void.

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Plus

Plus is Paul Hiller (Bass / Synth / Vocals), David Powell (Guitar / Synth / Vocals), Dave Farina (Drums / Synth / Samples / Vocals) and Cameron Gharaee (Synth / Guitar / Vocals) an electro-rock band from Los Angeles in the USA.

Plus - alt electro from the USA

Plus

It is something of a surprise to find Plus emanates from Los Angeles and good on them for challenging the local mores, as importantly, regardless of their home base there are some smartly crafted tunes to be found.


On the surface this all sounds very clean and glossy, but there is an underlying current that scratches at the veins and the mind is forced to focus and finds there is a deftly able quartet at work as they deliver music which has a liveliness to it that belies the umpteen computers being used to generate the noises to accompany drums, guitar and vocal. Avoiding the trap of ever present loops Plus use the technology intelligently so that the synthesized sounds form a framework not a focal point which enables the listener to relate to the out-put.

I am not sure what is it about this I really enjoy. Is it I feel wish that Plus just get a little bit grittier and subsume themselves in the European scene, or is it because the frothiness is just a pleasure in its own right? Either way, the material serves its purpose admirably, as I just need to hear more to keep on scratching that itch and will keep playing their music on the playlist – ‘One more time please’.

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Inbellum

Inbellum is the rock metal band from Van Nuys in the USA comprising Hector Ochoa (Vocals), Milton Quintanilla (Guitar), Jonathan Paschall (Drums) and Andres Rodriguez Vahos (Bass).

Inbellum - heavy metal from the USA

Inbellum

Tentaverunt me ad scribere totum review patria lingua Inbellum sicut et habent originem a paucis titulos quoque Latinum carmen, but I won’t as the powerhouse lies within the sounds scouring their way across the room, not in the Latin derivations.

Heavy Metal when played well can be a beautiful and calming space in which to lay and Inbellum take us to this space.  A plethora of influences sit within this Honduran, Columbian, American combination and the influences of Southern America are interspersed with trips to the Caribbean lifting the music to a level which totally absorbs the listener. La voz cambia entre el Español y el inglés puede ser un poco irritante para algunos but that is the real strength of the band as they combine so much in a short space of time.

Music which challenges preconceptions is always a pleasure to find and I am only sorry it has taken me me two months to get round to writing the review as I float around the room on a sublime melting pot of percussion, vocal and guitar work that can’t help but attract attention from anyone who enjoys bands who challenge the norm to come up with something truly original, but equally accessible.

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Slim Wray

Slim Wray a Garage Rock band from New York in the USA centres around the duo of Howzr (Guitar / Vocals) and Chris Moran (Drums / Vocals).

Slim Wray - Garage Rock from the USA

Slim Wray

A scintillating scythe of percussion cleaves the air to announce the arrival of Slim Wray, this is rock as it should be played. Reflecting on relationships, the lyrics take the classic angsts of boy meets girl and delivers them inside a resounding maelstrom of well delivered riffs and rattles.


The energy palpably hammers against the walls and the tracks deliver everything you could want for an evening of rock and roll. Slim Wray also manage to deliver it without the sound distorting levels which takes much away from many new bands and the delightful fuzzed guitar work layers in all the nuances required to emit both the power and the glory of it all.

I wonder whether they will end up with a full time bass guitarist as without it the sounds would be too tinny, so it is good to find that all the material currently around does include that all important four stringed instrument – time will tell.

The tracks work superbly well as they don’t try to reinvent the wheel, rather concentrating on what they know and enjoy and Slim Wray ably define why working to a bands strengths and not attempting to stretch skills beyond the limits works so well, providing the ears with a delightful moment in time.

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