The Danish synth-wave quintet Lowly are set to release the LP Heba on the 10th of February.
Lowly – Heba – artwork
Within the past four hours the middle of the eleven tracks Prepare The Lake has been revealed, a composition with greater texture and depth than when last featured just over a year ago and a decided development in their progression.
The US synth-wave duo Vansire are pinning down detail for an EP due for imminent release.
Becalming the fiercest of rocky days the audience may have had – Vansire deliver, in Driftless (available as a stand alone single on bandcamp), just over three and two thirds minutes of music which drifts effortlessly around the cerebellum and frontal lobe bringing every thing back to equilibrium as synthetics, instrumentation and vocal harmonise to slow down the activity of the synapses.
Vansire have no need to pulse heavily on the ears, rather akin to a skilled practitioner of massage, are able to ease away tensions with a composition wrapped in warm towelling and relaxing metronome.
With little to hear, the only certainty is a desire to hear more. Combining instrumentation and synthetics Ely deliver music which has a retro new-romanticism inference to it that folds its reach around the listener in softly disposed layers of sound.
The almost weightless sounds float like feathers in the air with an easy lilt, but rather than being carried away in the breeze with little regard, the feathers are fascinating for their textures and colours. Another Juggle are able to produce sounds which are on cursory glance unremarkable, however there is more to the output than mere easy listening backdrops.
The quartet create tracks that find the synths rolling through the room in spacious gliding steps with the guitar adding to the feeling of elegant unobtrusiveness, whilst the percussion and bass paint darker shadows and the lyrics deliver melancholic reportage delivered with a slight echo which gives the sound its intrigue.
It will be interesting to discover how Another Juggle are able to capitalise on the release of the LP Dance Sunshine, Dance which came out on the 29th of January as the ten track album takes the listener from virtual pop to some delightfully dark thoughts, which inevitabely are the tracks that capture my attention.
Michael Bradley (vocals), Marc Gibbs (guitar), Andrew Magee (drums) and Firoze Salim (bass/keys) from London in England combine to form the synth-wave band Longwave Club.
With a couple of handfuls of gigs behind them Longwave Club also aim to provide those who don’t get to see them live with sounds to hear, which as you know always wins my vote. Having had the opportunity to run through tracks dating back to early this year, along with their two most recent pieces they have demonstrated the ability to shift parameters combining brit-pop with synths and a hint of psychedelia and have already shown themselves to be able song-writers.
Longwave Club deliver enticing layers of textures within their sounds which, although on the surface are Radio friendly, seek to add commentary on confusions of life, which provides a genuine link between band and audience.
Dominating the compositions are the analogue keys, which give the out-put a warmth that flows easily, the guitars and percussion allow the quartet to add spine to the structures and the vocal expresses the context in a manner that reminds me of the dead-pan of Steve Strange / Gary Numan et al and this gives the resulting music it’s impact, which raises the out-fit above the bar.
I look forward to hearing more of Longwave Club, particularly of their earlier direction of travel, which seems to have a more relaxed feel than the newer tracks. Which probably means – commercially – they should completely ignore what I like best of their work, but as ever, I always prefer the more natural connectivity, over production value.