Svarta Stugan – Islands III – Audio

The Swedish instrumental-dystopian-rock quartet Svarta Stugan release the LP Islands / Öar in September.

Svarta Stugan - artwork by Stephanie Brittnacher

Svarta Stugan – artwork by Stephanie Brittnacher

In advance of the album the first track to surface was also made available as a single (available on bandcamp) earlier this month  – Islands III.

Appropriately given the band  name which translates in to English as ‘Black Cottage’  the just over five minutes of menacing darkness clouds the room in choking smog which feeds its way through the arteries depriving the listener of oxygen and they can sense the build-up of carbon-monoxide starving the brain, there is nothing do other than play Islands III through once again and drift into unconsciousness, other than – there is…

Svarta Stugan have also made a game to play alongside the track which can be discovered on their website or as an android app.

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The Scrims – Bright Orange Suit – Audio

The Australian alt-folk quintet The Scrims will be releasing their début LP Sing To Me Sweet Sunny One on the 7th of April.

The Scrims - Sing To Me Sweet Sunny One - artwork

The Scrims – Sing To Me Sweet Sunny One – artwork

The ten track album (available on bandcamp) is full of surprises as the quintet utilise the variety of strings and bows at their disposal to create songs which have the audience tapping their feet as they explore the rootsy source of their influence.

Of the pieces I have so far been able to hear, my selection is the Latin-folk swaying tempo of the second track – Bright Orange Suit.

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Fat Goth – Guestbook – Audio

The Scottish heavy-metal trio Fat Goth release the LP Enorme! on the 5th of May.

Fat Goth - Photo Credit Ricky Henderson

Fat Goth – Photo Credit Ricky Henderson

Well established in the Scottish rock scene it is long past due date Fat Goth had a far greater international audience and with fortune their fourth album – Enorme! (available on bandcamp) – will go some way to address the anomaly.

The first of the eight tracks – Guestbook – merely requires the listener to be in headbanging mood to fully enjoy the exemplary rock ‘n’ roll.

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VILDE – High Horse – Audio

The Swedish ambient-synth project VILDE released a new track on the 15th.

VILDE - High Horse

VILDE

The just over three minutes of High Horse, fills the room with hazy electronica that settles, like layers of drifting smoke, around the ears inviting the listener to lay aside the woes of the day and relax in the ambient textures.

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Blind Beggar – Out Of My Head – Single Review

The Welsh alt-rock band Blind Beggar surfaced with a new track on the 15th.

Blind Beggar - Out Of My Head

Blind Beggar

Rumours abound that Blind Beggar will be releasing some full studio recorded material imminently though thus far Out Of My Head, the latest track, is also in demo form.

Out Of My Head features the bending of time through chords and bars that is their signature sound which they top off with a superlative vocal once again with their blend of psychedelia and ’60s British Blues, that flows through the just under four and a quarter minutes of the track and finds the listener after each run through needing to play the song – just one more time.

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