orsak:oslo – Brugata Blues – Audio

The Norwegian and Swedish dystopian trio orsak:oslo released the three track single Tipping Point on the 17th.

orsak:oslo - photo credit - David Holmqvist

orsak:oslo – photo credit – David Holmqvist

On hitting play on the first track on Tipping Point (available on bandcamp) Brugata Blues – the rumbling underfoot is not the foundations crumbling –  rather the distorted saw of guitars opening the seven and five sixth of a minutes track and merely firing the opening cylinders of the release.

By the time the the fulsome structure of the composition comes to fore the listener has already turned up the volume, only to discover that was not necessarily the wisest move as when the moment arrives at about seventy seconds in – they will find themselves worrying about the structural integrity of the walls and wondering where the nearest scaffolding firm may lay.

The bleakness of the harrowing instrumental songs on Tipping Point paradoxically fill the audience with a sense of catharsis rather than timorous fear.

The band name orsak:olso you may be pondering with its distinctly Norwegian reference is something of an in-house moment as only one of the three is from Sweden.

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QTY – New Beginnings – Audio

The US darkgaze duo QTY release their eponymous LP on the 8th of December.

QTY

QTY

Alex Niemetz and Dan Lardner always allow their material plenty of space to evolve as they invite the listener to hang up their boots and take the time to enjoy the intricate fretwork, threading spinnerets, within which to become entwined. The judicious vocal switching, sometimes with only one vocal other times with two voices in one song to capture the moment, serves to make the music more intimate.

From the forthcoming album, the penultimate of the ten tracks – with just the vocals of AlexNew Beginnings.

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Wayne Watts – Getting Old – Audio

The US RnB-hop project Wayne Watts released the LP Nowadays, in collaboration with MVP Mikey on the 17th.

Wayne Watts - Getting Old

Wayne Watts

A sixteen track album, that takes time out to contemplate the parlous state of social cohesion, which takes the listener on a journey of many of the influences that conjoin to create the music, sometimes deep-soul mellowness, other-times RnB richness and at other moments rap driven compositions, yet at no point does the listener feel discombobulated in the roughly one hour of its duration.

The seventh song, Getting Old, being my pick of Nowadays.

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Park Planet – Through – Single Review

The Scottish nu-disco outfit Park Planet revealed a new track within the past twenty hours.

Park Planet - Through

Park Planet

Through is a further track to be released which is sign-posted as coming from the tale of the long projected second album, with the working title Rebel, Rebel.

The song has a more electronic and jazz influenced layering than much of their material that has featured over the years, with instrumentation playing a backdrop with a draw that minds of Ashley Reaks though of divergent process in which Park Planet take the listener on a trippy-step around the dance-floor in its just under four and a quarter minutes duration rather than a bleak journey of disquiet.

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Prag 83 – Roads – Audio

The German dark-folk creator Prag 83 is scheduling an LP for February 2018 release.

Prag 83

Prag 83

The new album is a follow-up to the dystopian LP Metamorphoses from 2016.

Judging by the first song to appear from the forthcoming album – Roads – which was itself released as a stand alone single this month, it indicates of an LP of equally dark shadows with its ethereal presence casting a chill through the room.

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