The Swedish alt-rock trio We Could Build An Empire released the LP In This Place on the 8th.
We Could Build An Empire
Their music is always generous of soundscape giving the music a mix of powerful rock and spacey trippiness in which the listener is taken on journeys of vaguely psychedelic carpet rides as their mind expands with the compositions.
The penultimate song is also the title track – In This Place.
Tumbling out of the speakers like acrobats on display late to the arena and pressed for time as combinations of sparkling glittery electronica and instrumentation are set around electro-percussion, which metronomes as though it is on an overdose of speed, yet, the balance of the slowly evolving dreamy vocals affords Televise, their one and only song – thus far, a luxurious carpet pile in which to sink the toes and frolic through the room akin to a spring-lamb.
I sense a set of musicians who know precisely what they are trying to achieve and more than that have the ability to deliver it with a panache that even a jaded ’70s punk-rocker can find great delight in partaking.
I am already regretting there isn’t a full LP – complete with remixes to hear. I suggest that She Rex is a band that will be in wider consciousness in short order.
They are that new that at this stage there is no social media page or website in existence to accompany the article.
Makeout Point is the dark-indie quintet of Alma Broman (Bass), Andreas Gustafsson (Guitar), Shiva Kazemi (Vocals), Simon Hjort (Drums) and Theo Brus (Guitar) from Stockholm in Sweden.
An introduction email was sent last month, my apologies for the late response to this, though with some fortune this coincides with a more recent track for me to hear along with the time to dig further in to their catalogue, which dates back just over a year, and I have discovered a direction of travel which I necessarily find myself engaged more by with each new song, each being of more gothic temperament than the last.
The most recent – Audrey (the featured track) – drips moss from the speakers as one dark guitar feeds through the room akin to a stalactite dripping from a cave roof as the other bends and echoes through the cavernous space as a shifting rhythm bass changes the shapes of sound with percussion delivering expanding and contracting compaction like a grinding ice-pack as the memorising vocal floats, as if a fleeting shadow, through the arterial system.
I apologise for the lateness of initial introduction, to some extent, though am equally delighted my administration is so poor, else I would not be in a position to say with such certainty – keep an ear out for Makeout Point in the future.
Ghost Nation from Stockholm in Sweden is the electro-goth duo of Micke Berg and Tomas Vasseur.
With only a couple of songs to hear this a duo who have much to offer and it is little surprise that they are fast attracting attention. Easy clips for mainstream radio dissection for those who like that sort of thing are equally served with plenty of texturing and layering for those of us who like their music to bite out of the speakers.
Their first offering Turn Off The Lights revolved around the circumference of ’80s synthwave of smoky layers of synthetics snaking through the speakers with the extended vocals floating across the room.
The second reveal – Your Final Kill – offering a darker countenance which finds the listener stepping in to a basement backstreet night-club festooned in gaudy flashing neon lights – only to discover the swirling loops of drum-pad lasso the ankles and immediately dangling upside down above a packed dance-floor as the breathy vocal spires in to the ears from below akin to siren calls of tempting promises.
It will be interesting to discover where Ghost Nation decide to travel in future creations, though the fact I am suggesting Your Final Kill as a means to get to discover the duo does indicate I am happiest in a sleazy club, which to regular readers will come as no great revelation, hoping to hear more of this direction of travel in the future.
Time will tell and as I have news I will endeavour to let you know.