The Australian funk-rock project Mickey released the single SEETHE on the 6th.
A track that, like a virulent virus, vaccinates the veins as it slips in to the room.
Prefacing the journey of SEETHE opening with the sound of a record player winding up to full speed as through the three and almost half a minutes of the track the pace steps up incrementally, with the listener joining with a slow-step glide over the dancefloor and ending up rattling round the room, as though a whirling dervish, prior to finally collapsing in exhaustion.
Mickey demonstrates through the track an innate skill and ability in songwriting and delivery as although the song not only changes pace it also switches bar timing and chord structure, all without the listener ever being jarred as it occurs, rather – like melting butter – the transitions are seamless.
The English alt-rock quintet The Hemingways released the single More Than This a few hours ago.
Couched in ’70s brit-blues More Than This takes the listener on a journey of dirty chords in which to sink like pulling on a favoured pair of jeans which have moulded themselves in to the right shape.
The raw throat and immensely confident vocal is surrounded by roughly hewn chunks of sawdust guitar which delights as the stomping drum-kit and bass bounce against the walls with the unexpected delight of a synth which, rather than being a calming influence, adds to the fire with its zigzag of keys – inevitably – for those who know the site – my advice has to be – play it loudly or don’t play it at all.
The English new wave quartet Swears released the single Faith In The Nation on the 5th.
14 hole DMs are the prerequisite footwear priot to hitting play and starting to pogo – oh and then hit play… Faith In The Nation is a feisty track in which to clash safety pins and bondage straps with an accompanying audience on the dance-floor as the sarcastic lyric swathes through the ears whilst unremitting bass pummels the jawbone while the pulsing drum-kit switches between snare and a bass-drum you just know isn’t going to stay its anchors whilst an unexpected duo of rhythmic guitars swagger through the room in flashing strobes of shimmering layered melody, giving Faith In The Nation a zingy melodic twist.
The US hushed-rock project Ginger Root released the single Two Step on the 8th.
Akin to the flavours in the name of the musical entity Two Step (available on bandcamp) calmly and elegantly slips through the speakers prior to filling the room with a warm texturing which builds in intensity prior to quietly slipping back in to its dinner-jacket and departing with as little fuss as it arrived.
Ginger Root creates music which is easily ingested and potentially ignored as listless, though so to do would be remiss as – underpinning the compositions are subtle and immensely satisfying layers. To sort of maintain the food analogy: There is the immediately presentationally attractive ‘fast-food’ radio play music which on second bite in reality tastes as bland as the first bite – then there is 족발 (Jokbal) with its infusion of ginger root.
The Canadian shoegaze quartet Greenhouse released the single Vincent Van Slow on the 4th.
Not to be confused with the US electronica duo of the same name introduced in 2013, Greenhouse deliver music that fills the room with slowly rotating interweaving guitar that minds of a fine shower which, although each droplet is light of touch, is contained within a concentration that is as quick to drench the clothes as a tropical storm, resultingly, despite though perhaps simultaneously due entirely to its fragility, generates a long-stay memory imprint.
In the slow tempo Vincent Van Slow (available on bandcamp) unhurriedly unfurled individual notes and chords drift away in to silence yet are carried by the shimmering reverb and echo as though in a continuum of sound, which wraps itself around the listener in delicate silky threads.