Earlier in the month Los Labios released the LP Birthday.
By way of an introduction to a band who most certainly know one end of a song from the other and how to fill the space in-between with highly impressive rock and roll, resultingly are gaining a strong international following, the title track and fifth of the ten on the album.
The first of the six tracks on the album (available on bandcamp) – Hanging Out With Imogen – can’t help but bring some lightness to the day as the retro combinations of synth and guitar generate a warming ambience to the room.
The Spain based French and Argentinian alt-folk duo Le Garçon Rêvé released the LP Eat Your Make Up earlier in the month.
Le Garçon Rêvé
A roughly thirty seven minutes, nine track album, which quietly and confidently steps from the speakers as Le Garçon Rêvé deliver a soundtrack steeped in adroitly handled acoustic guitar.
My selection from Eat Your Make Up (available on bandcamp) is the fifth number, Pensées Étranglées, which features a viola allowing the duo to add considerable texture to the piece whilst equally containing the most prepossessing vocal performance on the release.
Surfacing in A Coruña in Spain is Xoel Diamante (Guitar / Vocal), Juan Corredoira (Guitar), Pablo García (Bass) and Nicolás Cotelo (Drums) who form the prog-rock band The Sonic Headlight.
The Sonic Headlight
There is an angularity to sounds which emerge from the speakers that make you immediately take a glance to check there is a sense of the perpendicular to the walls and a set square to the ceiling and much like those degrees of error, so The Sonic Headlight invest into their sounds inflections which give the material its resonance.
The Sonic Headlight explore the imperfections of the eight note scale and investigate the differences between 432 and 440 Hz tuning to deliver music which always seems out of kilter, but is more exact than the division by eight can provide. Like an algorithmic table the further up and down the scales the band ranges, so the music bends more inwards as the log tables exaggerate the aspects of simple scales which cause those with auditory OCD to recoil when hearing most compositions. Perhaps more appropriately as a genre definition – ‘log-scale reproduction for those with sensitivity to Hertz irregularities in standard scaling’.
The début LP by The Sonic Headlight – Take #1 was made available last month and can be ordered on bandcamp.
Based in. La Coruña in Spain surface the trio of JJ Casteleiro (Bass), Oscar Caramés (Drums) and Richard J. Dowling (Guitar / Vocal) with additional percussion by Leap Hamilton – to form the alt-rock band Forest & Dove.
Forest & Dove photo by Sandra García Rey
An intriguing blend of Spanish Folk and US Southern-blues merge together in the out-put of Forest & Dove leaving the audience simultaneously tapping feet in unison and nodding head in sagacity. The trio don’t seek to darken the mood of the moment as they allow the blousy blues to flight-footedly scamper around the room.
Acoustic guitar, sometimes even a Spanish Guitar and electric lead, which fleetingly makes me wonder how this works in live performance, is matted with stentorian bass giving the tracks their solid spine, as the drum-kit splices between the softly spoken and the expressive, the additional percussion used in recorded tracks adds a depth of field to the aural range. Vocal stretches from supporting act to conductor which again allows the trio to extend their range.
The début, five track, EP by Forest & Dove – Pleasure To Burn (available on bandcamp), which I have had the opportunity to listen to in full is being released on the 15th of January. Sadly I am unable to share with you more than one track, the opener – and in my view not the jewel of the five – though giving a fair idea of what to expect – Burning Blue.
I look forward to future harvest by Forest & Dove as they sow their seed of fertile creativity.