The US garage rock duo Unblinded released their début single Battle Scars on the 6th.
I was particularly struck by the juxtaposition of the main body of Battle Scars (available on bandcamp) with its rapscallion countenance that finds the listener delightedly threshing through the room as the burred guitar and furious percussion / bass combinations pump through the ears with a felted vocal creating empathetic audience participation choral context set against the acoustic fragility and cleverly placed naïvety of the opening bars, which attest to a couple of musicians who know one end of a song from another.
I am already looking forward to discovering more in short order.
The US funk-rock quartet Blurred Out released the single Modern Waves on the 9th.
With a different soundtrack to their last feature which had a hazy shimmer, Modern Waves (available on bandcamp) is a more jangular composition with the active bass / percussion combination licking up a fair old tempo with glittering guitar giving the song a jazzy-feel while a softened vocal rounds out the sharper edges while adding a layer of warmth.
Modern Waves has something of a retrospective feel to it which is perhaps apposite as the construct of the song being based on a relative who had Alzheimer’s and hence fragmented recollections of a lifetime of memories.
The Poland based synthwave trio Mountain Lakes released the single The Quiet Sun on the 4th.
As regular readers will know I am often late to emails of introduction, though they always receive a response, sometimes judiciously my timing on those older emails is on the button – this is one of those occasions. Back in September 2015 I received an email of introduction I caught up with on the 3rd – equally noting in my response that although I had enjoyed what I had heard, there had been no music since then – only to receive notification today (as I type) after an almost three year break from the Studio – Mountain Lakes are back with a brand new single and more planned for the year resultingly…
… The Quiet Sun peering over the horizon to herald a new dawning for Mountain Lakes.
The combinations of electronica and guitar pulse through the room in gentle undulations in to which the listener finds their body rhythms syncopating while a silken vocal weaves a web around the ears with audience and band merging in to one another to form a conjoined organic being.
The US alt-rock outfit Kristen releases the single Therapy next month.
Originating as a solo performer with a folk derivation, over time the project has expanded to a full line-up with Therapy marking a full transition to the new direction of musical travel.
Drawing from the well of rock and soul filtered through a Nashville nesh Therapy has a timeless appeal – being both new and current yet somehow retrospectively familiar with the song generating warmth as it flows through the room.
The thick carpeting of guitars and pedals weaves through bass and percussion while the expressive vocal is given space to range widely and by the time Therapy is finished the listener is already looking for news of an LP.
The English acoustic rock band Narrow Plains release the single I Should’ve Known on the 2nd of February.
A sprightly rock’n’roll number that has the listener stepping through the room in good humour.
Their signature sound of acoustic guitar always lends the music by Narrow Plains a sense of the roots of rock. The backbone is provided by the surrounding electric guitars that create the depth of the compositions with percussion, in this instance, generating the trotting tempo bringing I Should’ve Known alive while the vocal conducts the direction of travel and over all architecture.
I merely hope it isn’t another two years before I come back to Narrow Plains.