The Canadian synth-rock sextet Fast Romantics will release the LP American Love on the 28th of April.
From the forthcoming album, Everybody’s Trying To Steal Your Heart, the first of the dozen tracks, is a composition which encapsulates their mix of societal protest commentary and desire for inclusiveness as they are uncompromising in their sadness of the realities of life, though deliver an uplifting anthem imploring cohesive unity by those not inside the cliques of self-serving bureaucratic structures which fail to accommodate or meet the needs of the governed.
The Greek synth-rock quartet Baby Guru released the LP IV on the 28th of February.
Reflective of their approach to music, which threads through various iterations, the eight track, about forty minutes album (available on bandcamp) takes a broad brush to the canvas delivering a wide ranging soundscape in which the listener can dip in and out of or listen to in one sitting to enjoy the ideas presented.
My selection from IV is the sixth track – Palace In The Sun.
Residing in Seattle in the USA you will find Regan Lane (Vocals / Guitar), Sean Van Dommelen (Guitar / Vocals), Ken Schaff (Bass), Raymond Hayden (Keys) and Jason Bair (Drums) who form the synth-rock band Strangely Alright.
Easy lilting tracks are cinched by a powerful undertow of lower registers and a percussion which hurries along the music turning it into well tempered rock driven beats which engage the listener. Strangely Alright are not seeking to change the axis of the world, rather adding to the impetus of fluctuation, something which they do with alacrity.
Floating synths are held to the ground by the tempo, as are guitars. Whilst they are given room to expand their themes they are never allowed to disappear out of sight, retaining a relevance to the progressions of the tracks as the vocal takes the part of the circling hawk to discourage any extravagant flights of fancy. It is the ability of the quintet to restrain conceptualisation within tightly framed numbers which gives Strangely Alright their appeal and giving them a base which can range from the psychedelic tinged to Brit ’60s Blues rock.
Strangely Alright deliver music to add to the ‘friends over for evening’ playlist, where they add a sonic point of reference.
From the war-zone of Luhansk in Ukraine Anton Cherednychenko (Vocals / Guitar / Synth), Nikita Voloshanovsky (Drums / Synth) and Dima Walewski (Bass) still manage to release music in the form of the synth-rock out-fit Seven Waves.
There is a surprising warmth that emerges from the speakers as Seven Waves reflect of turmoil not in angst, rather in considered contemplation of the rocket blasted buildings in their surrounding perimeters. The electronic kit allows the duo to provide the audience with shimmering stacks of Cumulonimbus cloud which drift across the room drafted with inner turmoil.
An ever present percussion taps across the ears like a sentry on duty, whilst guitars hum in the background as a vocal spears to anxious upper notes and Seven Waves utilise the synths to paint the imagery of the thoughts offered.
Formed back in 2013 with the idea of extracting cohesion betwixt division Seven Waves found themselves torn asunder by the bullets flying and the members segregated to slightly more hospitable climes, before facing the reality of staying alive was the challenge and finalised their first EP.
Now set to work on a second EP for our consideration. Those of longer stay will recall from 2010 an Afghani trio – Kabul Dreams – who are still able to navigated a path of war-zone. Of less certainty is D.J. Foundation from Mosul in Iraq who is now presumed dead after a year of no contact by anyone.
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