Smashing Birds is an indie-synth band from Belgium.
Whilst being light on texture the synths allow Smashing Birds to add layering to their output making the material ideally suited to a quiet evening gathering with friends to which the compositions add a pleasing ambience.
Not seeking to challenge the tensor tympani Smashing Birds are an outfit, nonetheless, to get to know as they are articulate and skilled musicians adept at what they do adding much to the world of music and I wish them every success.
By way of an introduction the track Time from the EP No More Revolutions, which is available on bandcamp.
The Indian rock trio Unohu released the EP Babel a few hours ago.
Opening the four track EP is Call My Name, which discovers Unohu in dirty leather jackets as the guitar slingshots around the room in a tad just over three and and a third minutes of growling rock’n’roll. The value added track on Babel.
Next comes Waiting For Caesar a number that replaces the leather jackets with recently pressed shirts as Unohu combine heavy-metal with indie, resulting in a track, which far from threading confusion resonates of a trio have far more to offer than straightforward constructs.
The third track – Incognito reaches one again for the anchor as the scuzzy guitar weighs down the composition that gives bass and drum-kit foreground in a drizzling blues driven thread of ideas.
The conclusion of Babel rests with Time, which is also the longest track – running at one second under four minutes in which Unohu disport both their reference points of ’90s britpop and ’70s heavy-metal to deliver a song in which each element of the band is given moment to shine. My pick of the release.
Folks & Pines is a newly formed acoustic-indie-folk quartet from Canada.
Folks & Pines
Plans are afoot to release their début EP next month and I look forward to being able to hear more.
Although the material I have been able to listen to resonates of mournful lyric and sadness this is not music to be taken with a bottle of pills, rather whilst watching the sun setting, to quietly contemplate the vastness of the universe.
As an introduction one of the two tracks currently around – Time.