By Torchlight is the acoustic new wave project of Thom Hall from the USA.
The bleeding tonsils launch themselves in to the room in confrontational rawness and as a reader you will either recoil in horror or have faith that I am not leading you astray.
It is for the very fact that the vocals and guitar clash against each other akin to cars in a head-on collision that makes the Celtic rock tinged harsh barrenness a sound that grabs hold of the listener by the lapels and shakes hard which gives the material its elemental attraction.
On the 18th the five track, just over a quarter of an hour, EP One More Night (available on bandcamp) saw the light of day and a fine release it is too and well worth adding to the collection. It will be interesting to see if this project has longer legs with the preponderance of each track to be a variation of the same theme – but time will tell and not of importance when considering the EP in isolation. My pick of the selection is the opener – As Long As You’re Here.
Within the past twenty four hours he has revealed his début beatbox single – Be Somebody – by way of a video.
Those of longer stay will recognise that whilst I often fall for a throbbing bass line – beatbox has always held intrigue going back to an article in 2009 about the Austrian voices only band Bauchklang.
Without further ado the many vocal reaches of Spencer Knight with Be Somebody.
The US ambient-electronics creator Black Demarco released the LP Good Day on the 11th.
The just over half an hour album hangs webs through the room as the drifting combines of synthesised sounds and instrumentation weaves one in to the other in fluctuating rhythms and shadowy spectrals with occasional vocals surfacing through the haze.
The ten tracks each delivers a different idea and therefore my pick of the release – the second – Orange – should not be taken as a marker of Good Day – rather a reflection of the ripples which burble through the speakers in a release well worth getting to grips with in short order.