On the 27th of October the US minimalist-rock creator Albert Bagman releases the LP Straw.
A ten track album full of varied ideas and texturing as once again Albert Bagman delves deep in to the well of creativity to deliver just over half an hour of loosely nailed guitar and electronica flighted with distorted vocal which holds the listener in rapt attention to ensure not missing any of the eddies and ripples of sound whilst Straw threads through eerie, melancholia and the experimental.
Earlier this month the LP Sweet Gems was released. A dozen track album takes the listener back to the ’60s with its easy gait and analogue patina which melts in to the room as though a hot-knife in butter.
The third track – Florentin – has a distinctive merseybeat reference point as it trots through the room in a multi-coloured tie-dyed kaftan.
The US sad-folk creator Julien Baker releases the LP Turn Out The Lights on the 27th of October.
Julien Baker – Turn Out The Lights – artwork
The first song to surface from the album – Appointments, the second of the eleven tracks, is a haunting composition of strings, keys and vocal that remains in the mind for some considerable time after its completion.
The most recent track to surface is Working Dude – a song which wraps muscular limbs around the listener with teasing vocal which straightens between tenor and the upper reaches of baritone, whilst also arching on towards the lower end of countertenor and for those who have connected with the site over the years – baritone – even if it only dips a toe part way down the scale it is likely to pique my interest and here is a case in point.
It is rare I spend so long rambling about the voice – with the instrumentation, percussion and where relevant, synthesis, more usually taking the foreground of features – so you will already be attuned that Eric Contractor has a voice that captivates.
The dystopian-hop creator Dom King, from the USA, surfaced with a new track on the 5th.
A thumping bass splices through the sub-woofer leaving it dancing on its own axis as the lyrical comments on societal structures and neuro-linguistic-programming press release which bears no relationship to the realities of life for the 99% where trading a living in ‘expected behaviour’ is merely eking out a life served for the benefit of the 1% whilst the daily grind curtails any sense of personal value, demanding of the listener to snap the chains of slavery and seek an alternative avenue for self-fulfilment rather than one of servitude.