Blind Beggar – Say It Like You Mean It – Single Review

The Welsh melancholic-rock band Blind Beggar recently revealed their latest track.

Blind Beggar - Say It Like You Mean It

Blind Beggar – Say It Like You Mean It

Regularly featured over the past year Say It Like You Mean It marks their first full studio recording.

It would be doing a disservice not to remark and give credit to Blind Beggar for their approach – as when stepping in to the Studio rather than reaching for every bell and whistle they could cram in to the track – Say It Like You Mean It is arguably their most stripped back song allowing the drifting sadness to wrest fluid from the tear ducts through the strength of its own writing structure, with the deep layering and emotional pull driven through the simple richness of all the elements.

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Swine Tax – Empty Life – Audio

The English melancholic-rock trio Swine Tax release the single Empty Life tomorrow.

Swine Tax

Swine Tax

A winding guitar gives the track (available on bandcamp) a soft velvety texturing through which an urgent bass and percussion bustle with a wistful voice topping off the just under four and third minutes of the song that builds in intensity through its duration.

Having spent the past year and a half establishing a regular local live performance circuit their recorded releases will, if justice is served, secure them a wider reach.

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Alex Cameron – Candy May – Audio

The Australian melancholic-rocker Alex Cameron releases the LP Forced Witness on the 8th of September.

Alex Cameron

Alex Cameron

A ten track album (available on bandcamp) which contemplates, in damning indictment, of a world where far too many want to merely capture things to share with their disconnected silos of connectivity in pursuit of ‘likes’ of what they are witnessing, rather than becoming involved in anything at all other than a passive commentator of dissociation whilst bemoaning of their own self-perceived undeserved paucity of life.

The first track to surface and the opener on Forced Witness is Candy May.

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Foxholes – 34 – Audio

The US melancholic-rock quintet Foxholes released their eponymous LP on the 26th.

Foxholes

Foxholes

Solidly scored and equally deftly delivered tracks mark the sound of Foxholes who create music in which the listener has a feeling of confidence in as the well structured and layered songs float around the room.

The compositions thread the multiple guitars through each other in intricate patterns which enables them to provide both the grounding and expansiveness with percussion chivying along the pace as bass compacts loose ends whilst vocal is able to confidently lead the way.

The ten track album (available on bandcamp) is a well formulated collections of songs, my pick of which is the 5th – 34.

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Saint Augustine – Right Way Down – Audio

The US melancholic-rock quartet release the LP Lost Two Days on the 1st of June.

Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine

Unhurried tracks float in to the room on the wings of reverberating guitar chords, which seem to melt the steel in the strings, while bass and percussion weigh the tracks with their sadness which is further compounded through the emotionally laden vocal.

Whilst reaching for a handkerchief to dry the eyes the listener also feels a catharsis through the drifting layers of sound.

The ten track album (available on bandcamp) is well worth adding to the collection as the players demonstrate their ability to write and deliver emotionally charged music. My selection from the release is the third Right Way Down.

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