The English melancholia project Aloric released the single It Doesn’t Matter earlier in the month.
Always of forlorn countenance Aloric approaches each composition with a different set of tools.
There is a slightly experimental feel and structure to It Doesn’t Matter which gives the just over four and two thirds minutes track a disorientation that enhances the sense of dark measure. The addition of Saxophone – performed by Juliet D. Rondeaut – that feeds in to the latter half of the composition (available on bandcamp), provides a haunting isolation which chills the marrow-bone of the listener for some little-while after the track has concluded.
Blondblackblonde is a musical trio based in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Band members Micah Kessel, Matīss Čudars and Lennart Heyndels are active musicians in different musical scenes of various genres, namely jazz and free impro, classical music and opera, folk rock and singer-songwriter music, thus the sound of blondblackblonde has elements of all the above mentioned musical genres, but music labelling is the last thing they wanna do.
Vocalist Micah comes from NYC where he has been active as a classical singer in various classical music chamber ensembles and operas, while regularly stretching his abilities is poem writing and song writing. For the last decade he’s living in Europe, making musical, visual and dance artworks.
Guitar player Matīss comes from Latvia and has been involving himself in the jazz and free impro music. Graduate of Amsterdam Conservatory, Matīss has released his solo album “Melancholia“, touring Europe as a solo artist, sideman of various improvised music projects and the leader of his own “Matīss Čudars Quartet“.
Belgian bassist Lennart is a various award winning bass player with a strong root in experimental jazz music. He is most notable for his leadership of the rapidly thriving three female voice and bass band “How Town“, where Lennart challenges his compositional abilities and combines them with somewhat simple singer-songwriter spirit.
Blondblackblonde is the combination of these 3 elements. They’re interested in stretching the boundaries of instant songwriting, often taking a song just as a framework for lots of musical surprises and spontaneous interactions yet to come.
Blondblackblonde was one of the finalists of the BOS-showcase-contest in Belgium and will be on the BOS-vinyl that has its release on Record Store Day April the 16th 2016.
My thanks again to Sarah for making the time for her weekly view of musical prowess in The Benelux.
From the LP 37. which is available on bandcampErotica 8×8.
Vince Grant is an alt-rock artist from Los Angeles in the USA. Throughout his years he’s suffered from depression but his forthcoming EP My Depression Is Always Trying To Kill Me proves he is overcoming that hurdle by creating some great music.
I would like to introduce a new writer to the site – Kali who has a particular interest in visual production and I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for taking the time to write the review and look forward to reading her thoughts on other musicians……
Have a listen to his lead single Melancholia.
His willingness to address his battle empowers his music, honestly, my favourite from this album is How Many Times You. It proves that, even if the story of the song is sad, it can relax you and calm your emotions. I believe this is due to Vince’s amazing voice; raw, emotional, yet subtle.
Vince Grant‘s willingness to prevail over his depression is proved by the time and effort he has put in to each track on his album. In his words, “I write songs to cope. I’d like to say I write songs to heal, but that may be asking too much.“. This is why he produces such amazing songs. Although he’s writing to cope, his music has a feel not many artists can emulate.
A late update – My Depression Is Always Trying To Kill Me was scheduled for release a week or so ago, but there has a been a slight delay and should be appearing this month.