There is a luscious darkness to the undertow of the latest track to surface – Strange Wasteland – as the stunning vocals soar through the room to the surrounding compression and expansion of keys and strings which enmesh the listener in barbed wire in a composition that reflects on the detritus that soils the globe, whilst others spout glib words pretexting of ‘environmental concerns’.
ZERRIN, in Strange Wastelands, offers both a challenge and invective that casts scathing pall through the room in an aural descriptor of the reality of good intent and lax personal responsibility.
The Australian / Chilean dark-electronica duo Unknown Land are to release the EP Redline on the 25th.
In parallel with the reality of two musicians who live thousands of miles apart, communicating through the internet their music too has an spacious quality. The soundtrack mixes instrumentation and electronics delivering hypnotic dreamy soundscapes through which the mesmerising vocal slips in and out of focus.
The output, whilst having a dark layering running through it, also has a captivating beauty in which the listener becomes spell-bound.
From the forthcoming EP (available on bandcamp) – Qualia.
Split between South Korea, Spain and Australia – LOV3 MOT3L is a glitch-wave trio.
Perchance it is due to the time-zone combinations and hemispheres in which the three players approach the music, however it comes about, there is a fascinating discombobulation that tips out of the speakers, enmeshing the listener in a delightful puzzle of soft electronics, jangling instrumentation and melted percussion that like an unexpected present delights and confuses by its very presence.
Released recently was the LP – Outside’s Broken (available as a cassette version with a bakers dozen of tracks on it on bandcamp or as a digital version with a dozen tracks also, though separately, on bandcamp) – my selection being the fifth track on both versions – Tizzy (SAMES).
Those of sharper hearing and longer stay may be reminded of the synths of Superborg Boy and you would be right there is a commonality in both iterations.
Scott Sandwich is a conceptual-ideas musician from Australia.
A vivid imagination and more importantly the ability to pull off the idea, earlier this month, Scott Sandwich released the twenty nine track LP Obscure Music History (Vol. 1) (available on bandcamp) which digs through various eras, through individual personas each reflective of the style of music.
It would be possible to write a tome about each persona though handily faithfully created by Tom Hogan on a site dedicated to the project, which helpfully saves you needing to spend an hour or two reading here. Word also arrives of a follow up LP to arrive later in the year.
If you enjoy creative musicians who are able to submerge themselves in to a character and have the patience to absorb their objective, no matter how obscure and long winded that idea may take to resolve, as you have tears of laughter streaming down your face, whilst simultaneously enthralled by the pure skill, ability and patience – then you are reading the right website – if you don’t, you are reading the wrong music review space.
It really isn’t possible to either select a track that is representative of the album, nor pick a highlight, with each track being fully absorbing – however here is a song that takes Scott Sandwich to the persona of Sonny Gilford Snr. with It’s 1955 All Over Again.
To give contextualisation for the text that has preceded – here is Scott in the persona of The Swooning with Boneshaker.
The Australian alt-rocker Dana Crowe will be releasing her début EP Everything on the 4th of February.
The title track, which has been revealed in advance is a fine blend of guitar and vocals which whilst having a softness of delivery has a steely resolve in its structure.
The just over three and a half minutes track features as focal points acoustic guitar and expressive vocal, while swirling around in the background is a deftly played electric guitar along with a synth that affords Everthing its depth and layers of texture.