Smidley – Dead Retrievers – Video

Smidley is a US retro-rock project.

Smidley - Dead Retrievers

Smidley

The eponymous LP was released on the 2nd and the third of the ten tracks – Dead Retrievers – is a warming flow of acoustic and electronic guitar that bathes the listener in becalming washes of melody as the music eases its way gently through the room.

Smidley – Smidley is available on iTunes.*

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Nick Chacon – Modern Line – Audio

The US haze-gaze creator Nick Chacon released the eponymous LP on the 2nd.

Nick Chacon

Nick Chacon

On hitting play a low fuzz floats through the room as the combinations of instrumentation, electronics and vocal melt all in to one creating a hazy soundtrack that wraps itself around the listener like a soft warm coat.

From the ten track album (available on bandcamp) my selection is the third – Modern Line.

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Haiva Ru – Work It On Out – Single Review

Haiva Ru is a US indie-wave project.

Haiva Ru

Haiva Ru

With regular reveals of new material, Haiva Ru is marked by the low-slung temperament of the soundscape which has a melancholic weave to it slinked around a scintillating vocal that is able to wrap the listener in gossamer threads of silk. The voice takes full command of the upper registers whilst conducting the accompanying backdrop, yet, rather than surfacing as a showcase of larynx the output is a cohesive flow of percussion, guitars and synthesis in to which the audience melts.

The most recent composition to surface is the just under three and three quarter minutes of Work It On Out.

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Kacie Thomas – Goodbye (Part 1) – Single Review

Kacie Thomas is a US ghost-wave creator.

Kacie Thomas

Kacie Thomas

Having recently decided to pursue, what has always been a passion, musicianship after a different earlier career path Kacie Thomas only has a few songs around, each cloaked in sweeping brushed vocal.

I am a little late to this, my apologies, Goodbye (Part 1) was sent to me a few weeks ago. The combinations of the mournful piano shrouded by a synthesised vocal which is shadowed in echoing elongation gives the song an ethereal other-worldliness. Extending to just over four minutes the track, despite its spaciousness doesn’t feel greedy of time, with the listener becoming immersed in the soundtrack.

It will be interesting to hear where Kacie Thomas heads next as the songs thus far revealed are all based around the same theme.

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Christian Gibson – A Castle For Wolves – Audio

The US ambient creator Christian Gibson releases his début LP Cloud Forms tomorrow.

Christian Gibson

Christian Gibson

A dozen track album (available on bandcamp) that drifts through the room in atmospheric layering.

A variety of themes are explored in the dreamy collection of songs, with each having its own distinctive sense of being as a diversity of instrumentation, electronica and percussion melt one in to the other. My selection being the fourth – A Castle For Wolves.

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