Tim Flood (Vocals / Guitar), Owen Cooper (Bass), Lindsay Verstegen (Vocals / Keyboard), Will Phalen (Guitar) and Taylor Dunlap (Drums) from Chicago in the USA form the melting-rock band Eve’s Twin Lover.
Eve’s Twin Lover
As you will have gathered by the genre descriptor the output of Eve’s Twin Lover will not have you pogoing around the room, it will however hold you entranced by the luxuriant ambience which takes over the spaces. Like an arachnid imperceptibly building its web so the quintet deliver content that will, unbeknown, have you wrapped in the silky threads.
The subtle keys are the fulcrum by which Eve’s Twin Lover is able to wrap the sounds beguilingly into the mind, to which softly spoken brushes of drum-skin create the textures. The bass unhurriedly steers the tracks forward, whilst the guitars build the layers from which the voices are able to gently flow into the ears. What is there not to enjoy with music that is best taken with the scent of Patchouli Oil?
Formed a few years ago, much like their music Eve’s Twin Lover remain understated, which is a great pity as they add considerably to the world of music and one can only hope that the mesmerising just under fifty minutes LP – Fable Bait, which was released last month and set for first live play through on the 12th at Hideout in their home town, will find them a far wider audience, with their music which transcends both decades and geo-political boundaries.
Some Gifts, from Los Angeles in the USA is the alt-rock trio of Vic Lazar (Vocals / Guitar), Steve Aguilera (Drums) and Mike Jung (Bass).
A couple of years into the process Some Gifts has developed an understanding between the interplay of the elements, which when added to the experience they have as musicians in prior bands, allows them to deliver music which belies the age of the unit.
With a style of music that sits in a crowded market place it would be easy for Some Gifts to get lost in the hubbub, particularly given they are not seeking to break the mould, but there is a je ne sais quoi which captures the attention. The material is straight-up rock, which they fleck with swaggering guitar and burring bass to which the percussion bubbles around like an excited puppy exploring new territory and somewhere in that mix is a tint of psychedelia which enables the trio to give the compositions legs.
Currently putting the finishing touches to an LP, which is currently scheduled for release in November, Some Gifts are a trio who provide material which gets better the more you listen and I look forward to hearing the new album.
Polysemy is the psychedelic-electro project of Dalton Moehnke from Ashland in the USA.
Meanderings of sound filter through the room accompanied by a backdrop of pulsating loops as Polysemy delivers, distorted vocal, dreamy spires and the occasional recognizable instrument.
As would be anticipated the tracks are fairly lengthy and the audience find themselves drawn into the mythical caverns and luscious forests that the music evokes in the mind. Whilst somewhat experimental in nature, the material is more ‘lucid dreams’ than stretching the envelope of connections, as Polysemy does offer a narrative to the tracks, indistinct and fantastical as it may be, but nonetheless discernible.
The sounds have a hypnotic effect which keeps the brain focussed and you can feel the synapses ebbing and flowing with the material. The longer you spend in the company of Dalton, the more you will find the mind expanding to take in the luxuriant textures which weave around the head.
Just over a year into existence Polysemy is well worth taking time out to explore, just make sure you don’t have any meetings to attend afterwards, else you will find your thought processes will still be coloured with psychedelic imagery.
Scott Goldbaum (Vocals / Guitar), Molly Rogers (Viola / Vocals / Keys), Mike Mussleman (Drums) and Nick Chadian (Bass) – from Los Angeles in the USA form the alt-rock band Forebear.
There are some days that one just feels as though they must be in a moment of maturity and today is such an animal in my life as not for the first time I write a full review of a group of musicians who compose music which seeks concentration to achieve most value.
Forebear take drops of classics, rock and frustrations of life to produce music which feeds the brain with a mesmeric soundscape of evolution.
The viola affords the quartet the opportunity to add flourishes of impetuousity without it deflecting from the direction of travel as the band deliver material which has a natural flow akin to the tides. Additional spikes of key allows for an introspective feel to the movements as the drum keeps up an incorrigible pace to which bass maintains the sense of urgency. The guitar is not lost in the thread of the material as it is given space to spread chords betwixt the activity occurring, providing the pivotal point, whilst the vocal provides the context of the out-put.
An intriguing band that deserves the wider world to invest time to get to know them better.
Alex Gruenburg, Alex Heigl, Jon Mann and Chris Jimenez from New York in the USA form the garage rock band Best Behavior.
Best Behavior – Photo by Mike Prieto
Melting psychedelia, surf and garage together Best Behavior provide the ears with some fine slices of sound you will want to stream through the ears frequently. Formed at the beginning of the year they have been able to get out an early LP, which was released on the 14th, Good Luck Bad Karma (available on bandcamp), that will enable them to build on the local buzz currently surrounding them, to a far broader audience.
Best Behavior is able to deliver slowly paced numbers which contain sparkly guitars as well as faster echoing strings, allowing them to keep audiences invested in the activity. There is an underlaying ’60s felt to the out-put which they successfully add to the mix, without it becoming the core of the sound as the quartet provide a surprisingly wide range of textures given the base-line of easy framework.
These twists and turns are what makes the band add considerably to the world of music. The tracks rarely stretch above the three minute mark, yet Best Behavior is able to pack those nuggets with complexities that seems to stretch time.