The Finnish alt-rock quintet Pastis released their début EP Four Stories last week.
Pastis – Photo by Ashley Wolf
Fishing deep in to the pool of ’60s and ’70s brit-blues and merseybeat Pastis deliver music that has a warm analogue glow which palpably raises the temperature in the room. By flattening the dynamics of range in the songs they counterintuitively, for those used to a world of digital sharp definition production as being a normality, are able to create music that is wrapped in multifarious texturing in which the listener finds natural cohesion, far more expressively than multi-track compositions are ever able.
Word arrives they are preparing to launch themselves on the live circuit in and around Helsinki, if you happen to be nearby, whilst also planning a second release for later in the year.
Had they been listening to their music as the photpgraph was taken, they would have had no need for overcoats and woolly jumpers.
My selection of the EP, which is available on bandcamp, being the opener Es Muss Sein.
On the 2nd of February 2018 the US retro-rock project Gyasi will be releasing the LP Peacock Fantasies.
The first song to surface from the album has also been released as a stand alone single, which is the last of the six tracks on the LP – Sugar Mama – that spears directly out of the golden age of UK rock’n’roll with its glittering bravado and unfettered self-confidence underpinned by technical competence – as the listener is minded of Marc Bolan.
Other than head to the make-up bag to paint the face my only other advice being ensure the air microphone is to hand to accompany the music and turn up the volume – then hit play.
Earlier this month the LP Sweet Gems was released. A dozen track album takes the listener back to the ’60s with its easy gait and analogue patina which melts in to the room as though a hot-knife in butter.
The third track – Florentin – has a distinctive merseybeat reference point as it trots through the room in a multi-coloured tie-dyed kaftan.
The Bangladeshi retro-rock project Yasar released the single Away From Me a few days ago.
Away From Me is just over three minutes of warming rock that coils around the listener like a snugly blanket as the drifting sounds slowly flow through the room.
It would be possible to spend considerable time referencing ‘reminds me of’ – however so to do would be to do injustice to the composition which holds attention for its own ability. My only sadness is that there is only one song that I have been able to hear as once you invest in the luxurious ride you will want to hear far more. I look forward to discovering a full double LP in short order in which to submerge for an hour or three.
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.