On the 30th of June the Australian electro-wave duo Future/Creature released the EP Vol.2.
A four track release (available on bandcamp) which shades the room in pastel hues of soft brush which carry the listener through a hazy thread of sounds which drift, akin to sun-kissed morning rising mist, encasing the listener in spectrum’s of refractive rainbow as the downtempo combinations of electronics and guitar slowly unfurl as the intertwining voices blend in and out of one another.
My selection from the EP is the penultimate track – Beautiful Mess.
Revealing music consistently, each track offering a different canvas of washed colour in which the listener is invited to prop their feet on the desk and lean back in to the sounds.
The most recent track to surface Mistakes, which is available on bandcamp, came out earlier in the month is marked by the deep shadows of the evolving synths which cast an eerie light around the vocal.
The English electro-wave creator Talk Less Say More released the LP Bonfire Night on the 21st.
Talk Less Say More
Throughout the approximately thirty eight minutes, eleven track, album (available on bandcamp), the listener is minded of the synthwave of the early ’80s of melancholic perspective with many tracks drawing references by title or structure, though never sounding like a pastiche as the compositions lay in moments of the 21st Century and an LP to be enjoyed at full volume to garner the pleasure of the speakers wandering around the room and hairs waving in the breeze.
My selection is the middle number – 3am Phnom Penh – which pulls in, to me, all the best reference points of the earlier influence which equally cast warning eye on the previous four decades experience, whilst now delivering a refreshing gambit that elucidates precisely how little much has changed in geo-politics in the intervening period.
Paul Luttrell, from Hobart in Tasmania, is an electro-wave creator.
The fixation on electricity cables in imagery, gives a fair indicator of the sounds of Paul Luttrell, which spark and short in alternative / direct currents of recognisable electronic experimentalism which is earthed by luscious melodies. The contrast between the jousting electronics and the pondering vocal gives the out-put a melancholic air creating something of considerable interest.
Instrumentation ranges from clearly recognisable, to highly synthesised as Paul delivers packages of sound which at one moment are blissfully gliding across the room next, as though crossing a patch of dampness, fizz into showers of confabulated distortion that as quickly as sent into upheaval are soothed by calming vocal.
An experienced music who played previously with others, Paul Luttrell decided to start out on his own journey of discovery and the earlier experiences allow him to create an out-put that whilst pushing the edges of the norm do not tear the envelope and the audience feels able to relax in the company knowing there is a grid at the end of the wire.
A substantial, just over forty minute twelve track, début LP – Perpetual Buzz (available on bandcamp) surfaced last week, with tracks ranging from under a minute to almost five, allowing Paul Luttrell the opportunity to lay out sign-posts for future directions of travel, a journey I look forward to following.
From Perpetual Buzz – Sick & Twisted – the sixth track.