The most recent track to surface is Working Dude – a song which wraps muscular limbs around the listener with teasing vocal which straightens between tenor and the upper reaches of baritone, whilst also arching on towards the lower end of countertenor and for those who have connected with the site over the years – baritone – even if it only dips a toe part way down the scale it is likely to pique my interest and here is a case in point.
It is rare I spend so long rambling about the voice – with the instrumentation, percussion and where relevant, synthesis, more usually taking the foreground of features – so you will already be attuned that Eric Contractor has a voice that captivates.
The English electro-rock creator Jathon Delsey is someone I could feature pretty well every week such is the frequency of output – though as regular readers know musicians are never featured more than once every couple of months – other than in the New Year Ninety and the two Bands of the Month, one by the Editor the other selected by the readers (no you can’t vote) that and the New Year Ninety are calculated through an algorithm of six different logarithms.
The newest track to surface is of far darker countenance than much of his material, as well as lasting far longer than his more normal of between three and four minutes with The Will running to in excess of seven minutes.
A musician it is always a delight to come back to showcase.
Their latest single to appear Peaches is a combination of darting angular guitars and a thick pile of electronica downy feathers giving the song a fascinating dichotomy of ideas which they deliver with aplomb as the two faces of the track seamlessly flow between each other with the sympathetic and wide ranging vocal able to conjoin the elements – in a composition which has a melancholic undercurrent that melts away stresses of the day – perhaps adequately described as a playful pillow fight.
Establishing a live performance circuit in much of the South East of England it should not take long for their presence to be felt more widely.
Caretaker is a US electro-rock quintet who released the single Swallow – today.
There is a fiery furnace which soars across the room as Swallow (available on bandcamp) dips and dives around the room akin to a murmuration of Swifts as the sonics of Caretaker camouflage their direction of travel and just as the listener thinks they have a handle on what to expect to hear next – so the tightly compact unit swoops in unexpected direction.
A quintet of considerable ability and for those of us not in and around New York (USA) Caretaker makes a welcome entrance to our ears.
Those of sharper eye by image and by ear aurally will recognise Erin Pellat as the singer.
The US electro-rock trio Graham The Empire released their debut single Nasty on the 9th.
Graham The Empire
Nasty skitters out of the speakers in a unification of electro-dance and rock delivering a track that has the listener grinding their hips with the sleazy beat. The scratchy soundtrack serves to enhance to sense that this is a song to hear in hedonistic mood as the pulsing electro-drum compresses the music with the dirty guitar chords fizzing in the undergrowth as the tempting vocal whispers of the passions of the night.
Due to release their début EP in September, Graham The Empire produce music that you can expect to hear being chanted on the dance-floor in the next year or so.