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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The Girl Who Cried Wolf – Tin Men – Single Review

The Belgian melancholic-rock quintet The Girl Who Cried Wolf revealed their latest single Tin Men on the 20th.

The Girl Who Cried Wolf - Tin Men

The Girl Who Cried Wolf

Even on a very sunny day Tin Men would cast a shadow over the sun as the intoxicating registry of darkness cloaks the listener in hypnotic layers of synth and guitar with scattered percussion glimpsed through the room as the seductive vocal entices the listener closer to the speakers.

There are rumours that The Girl Who Cried Wolf are planning to release an LP next year, with Tin Men pencilled in as being part of the album. The only sadness is that is now only April, so until more is uncovered Tin Men will have to serve as a taster to what is in store.

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Twilight Fields – Joy – Video

On the 10th of April the Canadian melancholic-rock project Twilight Fields will be releasing the LP Consolamentum.

Twilight Fields - Consolamentum - artwork

Twilight Fields – Consolamentum – artwork

The eleven track album (available on bandcamp) contemplates of the disappointments and sorrows of life, whilst simultaneously reflecting on how those low moments can often resolve to an indomitable and optimistic outlook.

Joy is the third song on Consolamentum.

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Lost Like Alice – Empty Tank – Video

The Welsh melancholic-rock trio Lost Like Alice released the two track single Empty Tank on the 9th.

Lost Like Alice - Empty Tank - artwork

Lost Like Alice – Empty Tank – artwork

The vocal, that captures immediate attention, drips of emotional context surrounded by equally mournful instrumentation shrouds the listener in sublime dark cloaking in which there is, paradoxically, a comforting embrace of texture the audience finds a restful place to lay the mind.

Lost Like Alice is an outfit I look forward to hearing more from in short order and by way of an introduction the title track – Empty Tank.

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Rose Redd – Crying Out – Audio

The English melancholic-rock project Rose Redd is finalising details for a new EP.

Rose Redd - Crying Out

Rose Redd

Within the past few hours Crying Out, which is from the forthcoming release, has surfaced.

It was back in 2014 that Rose Redd last featured and the strong voice is immediately recognisable as is the dark underbelly of the song.

Rose Redd delivers tracks which have a timelessness to them as the strong roots in classic rock are formed into compositions of melancholia which reflect on the darker moments in life and the listener can discover personal empathy with the content.

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