Smashing Birds – Time – Audio

Smashing Birds is an indie-synth band from Belgium.

Smashing Birds

Smashing Birds

Whilst being light on texture the synths allow Smashing Birds to add layering to their output making the material ideally suited to a quiet evening gathering with friends to which the compositions add a pleasing ambience.

Not seeking to challenge the tensor tympani Smashing Birds are an outfit, nonetheless, to get to know as they are articulate and skilled musicians adept at what they do adding much to the world of music and I wish them every success.

By way of an introduction the track Time from the EP No More Revolutions, which is available on bandcamp.

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The Girl Who Cried Wolf – Tin Men – Single Review

The Belgian melancholic-rock quintet The Girl Who Cried Wolf revealed their latest single Tin Men on the 20th.

The Girl Who Cried Wolf - Tin Men

The Girl Who Cried Wolf

Even on a very sunny day Tin Men would cast a shadow over the sun as the intoxicating registry of darkness cloaks the listener in hypnotic layers of synth and guitar with scattered percussion glimpsed through the room as the seductive vocal entices the listener closer to the speakers.

There are rumours that The Girl Who Cried Wolf are planning to release an LP next year, with Tin Men pencilled in as being part of the album. The only sadness is that is now only April, so until more is uncovered Tin Men will have to serve as a taster to what is in store.

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Wooly Mammoths – Water Slide – Audio

The Belgian psychedelic quintet Wooly Mammoths are finalising details of an EP for possible release in May.

Wooly Mammoths

Wooly Mammoths

Whilst much is tentative about the full details one thing that is assured is that Water Slide will be on the as yet unnamed EP.

A just under four and a quarter minutes of dreamy synth and guitar combinations which even through the speakers trace a sweet smelling smokiness that slows down the synapses to a more gentle pacing. The delayed echo on vocal is deftly framed by the punctuation marks daubed by precise drums, giving Water Slide a definition by which the whole composition is able to flower, like petals gently unfurling in Spring sunlight, elegantly and gracefully, yet, with purpose.

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Candlebags – Do That Thing – Video

The Belgian alt-rock duo Candlebags released the EP Voyager on the 8th.

Candlebags - Voyager - artwork

Candlebags – Voyager – artwork

With each track on Voyager offering something fresh as is the wont of Candlebags who approach songwriting and delivery with a completely open mind, resultingly each composition having its own distinctive quality. The first of the five tracks Do That Thing having a vaguely garage-dance feeling.

Voyager – EP – Candlebags is available on iTunes.*

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Firefang – Waiting List – Audio

The Belgian rock trio Firefang will be releasing their eponymous LP on the 13th.

Firefang

Firefang

The fuzzy barrage of sound that escapes in to the room on hitting play grabs hold of the listener and has them captivated by the Firefang offerings of rock ‘n’ roll and dirty blues.

Able to deliver sound in a blaze of speed as well as slowing the tempo the trio superbly control what could easily become a chaotic confusion which they turn in to music that holds the attentions and makes the audience look forward to catching up with more of their compositions.

Guitar can at one moment be bursting with distorted garage chords, the next delicately picking its way along the fret-board whilst vocal ranges from scratchy larynx to delicately pivoted ballad. The percussion equally runs between storming the gates and providing a measured framework for tracks. Bass sometimes takes the place of supporting pivot other times bludgeoning the eardrums.

Wherever they turn their focus in the roughly thirty four minutes ten track album (available on bandcamp), Firefang play a deft hand, with two guest instrumentalists joining in on various songs, keeping  the listener enthralled.

My selection is the third and longest number – Waiting List.

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