The US rock’n’roll outfit Rival Island return with yet another different soundscape in Where She Was.
Each time Rival Island feature they introduce a slightly different retro reference point to their material and the newest song to surface – Where She Was – is no exception with its infusion from ’50s rock’n’roll.
Revealed early (available as a standalone single on bandcamp) was All I Remember which will be the fourth of the ten tracks.
Prior to advancing towards the play button ensure you have a handkerchief nearby to dry weeping eyes as the sonorous voice leads the listener on an exquisite journey of longing and loss with the wistful melodies of guitar, keys and bass create sonic layers of drifting interwoven melancholia with percussion setting a sombre framework.
The US acoustic-rock project Taylor Mac releases the single Never Wanted You on the 17th through Russian Winter Records.
Taylor Mac – Never Wanted You – artwork
The listener finds themselves drawn, like iron to a magnet, as the stunning vocal wraps around the room.
The unhurried song, which is essentially only acoustic guitar and voice, is layered with inflection, melody and harmonies which belie the sparse framework creating an immersive composition and finds the audience wanting to hear more – though there isn’t, at this juncture any more than the one song (available on bandcamp) to discover, nor website or even social media page.
I am looking forward to coming back to Taylor Mac with enthusiastic anticipation.
The Welsh alt-rock trio Bright Young People released the single So Confess on the 10th.
Bright Young People
Establishing themselves as live performance band Bright Young People are also able to find time to head to the studio to release new material and So Confess is a welcome addition to the catalogue.
The combinations of grunge, brit-pop and rock’n’roll sear, like a branding iron, through the listener as the overdrive bass burrows through the speakers joined by a thumping percussion as the slowly unwinding guitar provides a loping reverb with the highly impressive vocal rounding out a track which attests to a trio with far to travel in the world of music.