Band of the Month – April 2017 – Readers’ Choice

It is difficult to believe we are already a third of the way through the year – but I know that to be the case as it is time for the Reader’s Choice for Bands of the Month for April.

Mosquito Cabaret - artwork by Michael Morgan

Mosquito Cabaret – artwork by Michael Morgan

Based in USA with a soundtrack of world-dance – there is something appropriate about Mosquito Cabaret being the selection in this current time of geo-political turmoil – at least music can unify.

Lament of the Lonely Bloodsucker is available on bandcamp.

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Montufar – Ghosts – Single Review

Montufar is a relatively new gazewave project from the USA.

Montufar

Montufar

Centred around Victor Montufar with additional instrumentation added as and where needed. With only a couple of tracks around, I look forward to hearing more. The most recent reveal being Ghosts, that was released on the 21st (available on bandcamp).

There is a palpable sadness that drifts across the room as the combinations of synths, piano and guitar, unhurriedly, weave around each other in a graceful flow of hazy texturing whilst the dual vocals provides Ghosts with its haunting presence as the percussion provides an unexpected, though delicious, pulse to the composition.

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Hawk – Ghosts – Audio

The English ethereal-rock outfit Hawk were introduced earlier in the year.

Hawk - She Knows - artwork

Hawk – She Knows – artwork

The closing track of the five on the EP – She Knows -, which was released on the 17th, Ghosts is a spellbinding just over four minute composition that drifts around the room in gracious layers which wrap the listener in immersive instrumentation whilst the mesmeric vocal enthrals.

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Echo Arcadia – Ghosts – Video

The LP Visions Of Symmetry was released by the Scottish alt-rock band Echo Arcadia earlier in the month.

Echo Arcadia - Visions Of Symmetry - artwork

Echo Arcadia – Visions Of Symmetry – artwork

Delayed slightly in release from June of last year, the bakers dozen track Visions Of Symmetry is a welcome addition to the playlist. Echo Arcadia are able to deliver an intensity of sound which is lain across the listener akin to placing a warming blanket over a  guest who has drifted to sleep on an armchair.

Within the sixth of the compositions – Ghosts – there are unhurried gradually evolving themes which are played out through different instrumentation dropping in and out of earshot along with well judged shifts in pace and intensity and an emotive duality of voices, giving the song its hold over the listener in a gentle, yet comforting, embrace.

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Kill Your Boyfriend – Man 4 – Audio

The Italian dark-electro duo Kill Your Boyfriend release the EP Ghosts on the 9th of December.

Kill Your Boyfriend - photo credit - Giulia Callino

Kill Your Boyfriend – photo credit – Giulia Callino

The third of the four tracks Man 4 (available on bandcamp) is of less panic stricken nature than much of their material previous, though looses none of its brooding presence for the lack of it. The electronica tumbles from the ceiling prior to seeping in to the corners of the room.

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