The Greek rock band Deaf Radio released the LP Alarm on the 9th.
A nine track album (available on bandcamp) which threads through high energy numbers to slower paced pieces – at which ever tempo the songs are delivered the listener has the sense of a pent-up ball of energy rolling around the room.
The ever pressurising bass features strongly through Alarm with percussion keeping the material tightly compressed from which guitar is only ever given a short leash to stray while vocal slides in and out of earshot.
Vultures & Killers is the third number on the LP.
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The Greek psychedelic-rock band The Cave Children release the two track single Alpha Male on the 2nd of January.
The Cave Children
Within the past twenty four hours the title track has been revealed.
The label Inner Ear, who’s acts regularly feature, are celebrating their tenth anniversary in 2017 and are going to be releasing twelve limited edition singles under the overall title – A Distant Victory Singles Club – during the course of the year and Alpha Male (available on bandcamp) is the first of the dozen.
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The Greek dark-rock band Cyanna Mercury regularly feature on the site.
Cyanna Mercury – Archetypes – artwork
Their most recent LP Archetypes (available on bandcamp) is an engrossing journey of ten tracks lasting for an approximately forty two minutes journey to which the audience is enticed to partake with its earthy ritualism in an album which is best heard around a burning pyre casting shadowy light around the grouping.
From Archetypes the third – The Lunatic which introduces two additional voices and a bouzouki.
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Plastic Flowers, originally from Greece, now based in London, England, is the shoeshuffle-gaze duo of G and Anjel.
Simply laid out blocks of tempo are interlaced with ever expanding waves of sound as Plastic Flowers deliver echoes which spiral around the speakers prior to drifting expansively around the room. There is an immediate appeal to the tranquil material that eases its way into the ears.
The duo do not seek to turn upside down the metronome, as an ever present pace pulses, what Plastic Flowers is able to do, is fill those spaces with expansive layers of texture as electronics and instrumentation gently wash against each other before falling away akin to ripples meeting in an otherwise still pond.
Despite having established a established a foothold in the UK, Plastic Flowers retain a cohesion with their home-country, drawing reference material with a Mediterranean feel, that coalesces with icy blasts from North Atlantic streams.
Plastic Flowers is able to provide the listener with a broad brush of lapping sounds that has the potential to resonate not just across both Northern and Southern Europe, but far wider globally.
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Birthmark, from Athens in Greece is the electro-rock quintet of Adamantine Arvanitis, Argyris Tsoukalas, Elias Goulas, Kontantinos Peyos and Jacob Siaparinas.
Birthmark – photo by astygraph
Plumes of slowly unfolding synthetics drift around the room, giving Birthmark an atmospheric flow of sound, which is given support and foundation by submerged instrumentation whilst the percussion is given stage to beat like a lighthouse beacon peering through smoke. To which a finely delivered vocal adds both tenderness and fragility providing the connections to the elements and the listener finds themselves drawn into the mystical sound the emerges from the speakers.
Whilst the music contains intricate layers, there is a sense of the essential core of the sound being readily available.
Having originally formed as Cuore Nero in 2001, two quick name changes followed in 2004 initially to Anima then Birthmark. In 2012 the band became a five piece with a shift in sound to electro-rock with the use of samples and synths. Over the past three years the sound has developed further to their now more ethereal textures which culminated in the release of the LP Subtract earlier this year.
Subtract – Birthmark is available on iTunes.*
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