On the 18th of September the Australian gaze-rock quintet Beaches will be releasing the LP Second Of Spring.
Having been around for more than five minutes, which is immediately evident in their self assured compositions, Beaches are able to instil a sense of confidence which the listener can immediately feel is trustworthy as their hallucinogenic-laced music breezes through the room. Given this day and age of mutual-distrust, this in no mean feat, particularly as the audience is met with a potential overdose of something in a random glass offered at the bar – in the seventeen track album (available on bandcamp).
All you need to do prior to hitting play is hush out all the outside noise before opening the eleventh song – When You Are Gone – and you will be transported on trippy flight that is not one of red-eyed dragons spitting fire rather a luxuriant magic carpet from which the mind is in no hurry to leave behind.
Akin to their name the duo reveal music which is of quiet underlay whilst simultaneously voluminous arches in which they are unafraid to challenge the audience to wrap their ears around both ideas being proffered at one and the same time.
Whilst it takes a moment or two to settle in to the concept, having done so, the listener finds each tensor timpani working in isolation of the other, relying on the auditory cortex to make a cohesive amalgam and the resultant flow deep inside the mind works, due, completely for its dichotomies.
By way of an introduction, the first of the four tracks on the EP Cycle Theory (available on bandcamp) – Vitamins.
Apologies for the delay in getting to this as it has been sitting in my email system for over a week.
The psychedelic-tinged Forever And Ever soaks in to the listener who finds themselves not wanting the track to end as the analogue synth slowly drifts through the room while the infectious vocal coils around the ears as the trippy guitar paints blurry images on the ceiling.
Evening Glow have thus far revealed an LP and two singles for those of us not near enough to get to see them live, the latest of which was released towards the end of last month being the single – To You Only (available on bandcamp) and the listener is immediately struck by the fact that they know one end of a song from the other. The quartet are able to deliver music which is taut leaving the audience in more than capable hands.
To You Only has a strength of under-pinning that centres around percussion allowing the six and four string guitars being able to foil with each other with shoegazey mufflers giving the song a roomy sheen while vocal balances the impetus of pace and the more leisured instrumentation.
Regularly featured since their introduction in 2014 after line-up changes and the addition of a fifth player – Jesus Let Me Fly, from the forthcoming release, is a more expansive sound than previous material.
The shoegazey guitars echo like spinning crystals refracting sunlight through the room as the stretched notes are weighted by blocky concrete bass and percussion giving Jesus Let Me Fly a clear sense of direction from which the gauzy vocal drifts dreamily through the ears.