Black Bird Hum – Down – Single Review

The Australian rocksteady nonet Black Bird Hum are currently on tour in Australia until November.

Black Bird Hum

Black Bird Hum

With some fortune prior to departing they were able to find some studio time to reveal Down. There are two versions of the song around – one the radio version the other being the original which is longer by over half a minute. For reasons that are self-evident, for those who have been with the site for a while, a reggae track is never likely to be too long to my mind, alongside which this isn’t a radio station so needing to fit in to all sorts of boxes is never a consideration, resultingly I have been awaiting clearance on the full version which arrived yesterday.

A tad over four minutes song which is of the roots of the genre with its political sagacity that, whilst being remonstrable in message, never spills over to spoil the inclusiveness and warm nature of the music and perhaps why the subtle-politics and party-style typically found in the various flavours of reggae normally find favour in my ears.

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Spielbergs – Distant Star – Single Review

The Norwegian rock trio Spielbergs released the single Distant Star on the 13th.

Spielbergs

Spielbergs

A track which shakes the dust out of the speakers as it surfaces in to the room in a barrage of guitars and percussion. Distant Star (available on bandcamp) is a song which digs deep in to the archives of rock’n’roll yet is able to surface with something that is distinctly and refreshingly new as they ably sew ideas of different generations in to a cohesive package with no one feeling short-changed – perhaps even more importantly – deliver a track which doesn’t seem anything other than a natural evolutionary progression rather than a synthetic reimagination.

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Flexagon – Numbers – Single Review

Flexagon, the electroweave project from Guernsey introduced earlier in the year, released the single Numbers on the 13th.

Flexagon - Numbers

Flexagon

The latest reveal is the tad over nine minutes of Numbers (available on bandcamp) which slurries through the room in a mix of bits and bytes which penetrate randomly through the wash of colours in the synthesised instrumentation, delivering a soundtrack of variegated texture through which a disarticulated vocal surfaces and recedes as it enunciates numbers, in a track which is an interpretation of a shortwave radio coded broadcast.

Those of longer stay will also recall the US creator Ⓩⓔⓔⓚⓞ in which Numbers Radio Broadcast was also a feature of the sound.

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Ava Rae Heatley – Grin And Bear It – Single Review

Ava Rae Heatley is a keys-rock creator from the USA.

Ava Rae Heatley

Ava Rae Heatley

Deft work on the key-board and an evocative vocal enables Ava Rae Heatley to deliver music of emotional fluidity, with each song revealing a new flowering – the latest being Grin And Bear It.

Frequently adding additional players to provide the framework for the compositions Grin And Bear It conjoins the supporting feature of percussion and lightly feathered guitar to the country-folk fused track which angles across the room akin to bouncing laser lights as the lyric pivots through a quizzical contemplation of life, whilst pianoforte slips in and out of a harmonic layering to the spikey vocal.

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Mosquito Cabaret – River King – Single Review

The US romanî-folk quintet Mosquito Cabaret released the single River King on the 11th.

Mosquito Cabaret - River King

Mosquito Cabaret

Swirling in to earshot River King (available on bandcamp) immediately grabs the listener by the wrist and launches them in to a ring of pulsing beat in a track that is best heard in company with others with interlocking arms, clapping hands and stomping legs revolving around the room.

Whilst rock’n’roll has a timeless resonance, romanî can often surpass the earthy abandonment with its default mode of inclusiveness and once again Mosquito Cabaret deliver a track of immense delight in which to loose any sense of self-consciousness and just dance because there is no other option.

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