The US maths-rock quartet Franchise are due to release the EP Ghost Light on the 14th of July.
Angular spires spike themselves across the room as the first track to surface from the EP launches through the speakers. Empty Medicine finds the listener having ears darting across the radar to catch the sharp breaks of sound. A sludgy undertow of bass and percussion is sliced open by a scalpel wielding guitar that chases the listener with its cliff-edges whilst the winding vocal adds to the chaotic moments, resulting in a track by which Franchise, to their credit, make no accommodation for the audience, challenging them to reconsider their own sterile direction of travel.
By the very fact that I am asking you to tarry with the out-put lets you know I think that Franchise create songs that add to the tapestry of the weave of music through the ages, though I equally posit, many will once again think I have lost the plot – give it time with an open mind is all I ask – open the volume setting a little and hit play – trust me.
On the 15th the US hip-hop trio The Gxng released the single SSDD.
It is always a pleasure to discover rap artists who are prepared and able to coexist with each other rather than attempting to outshine and in SSDD (available on bandcamp) the end result is a track that speaks of cohesion with a wider world and rather than attempting to slice out space of how they are the pack leader, they recognise that the 99% are equally as in bad shape. Delivering a track that reflects of societal entrapment, encased inside harmonic structures, whilst shining a search-light out of the darkness – for everyone.
Approaching Black & White is an alternative rock trio from the USA.
Approaching Black & White
There are only three tracks around, for those of us who haven’t had the chance to see them play live, the latest of which being Evergreen (available on bandcamp), my apologies for getting to this a little late as it has been sitting in my email inbox for a few weeks now.
The slightly emo tinged, just under two and a half minutes, track has an underbelly of sadness, which they are able to evoke through a rising and falling beat, giving Evergreen a feeling of organic flow in which the listener remains attendant.
Approaching Black & White is a trio I look forward to hearing more of in short order.
MRYGLD is the US alternative-rock quintet of Shane Jewell (Lead Guitar), Alyssa Jewell (Keyboards / Vocals), Will Johnston (Drums), James McCauley (Bass) and Brandon Snipes (Vocals / Guitar) from Birmingham, Alabama in the USA.
The quintet, although relatively new as an entity comprise of experienced musicians, which shows in the exceptional quality of output. Starting out by making their material widely available MRYGOLD have already recorded a six track eponymous LP due for imminent release with word of a further LP already in the wings along with starting to establish a live performance schedule.
The understated melodies flow through the room in brushed quietness as the two six string guitars twine around each other while unobtrusive, though insistent, percussion keep the songs flowing with the bass sweeping up loose ends as combinations of two voices give the songs an alluring beauty all of which is played to the almost imperceptible analogue synth which gives the compositions a dreamy texturing that rounds out the sound.
MRYGLD is a quintet I look forward to hearing much from in the coming years and an outfit I would anticipate will be making themselves well known to audiences around the world.
The US angular-rock quintet Playing To Vapors released the LP Shred The Master Design on the 16th.
Playing To Vapors
Akin to a spider weaving its web Playing To Vapors build complex silks of music threaded by fragile tapestry which derives its steadfastness via tensile strength. Not an album to approach when in a hurry to head else where, rather a tad over three quarters of an hour album to take in one sitting to dwell in the construction thereof.
One guitar bends and bows against another of intransigent linear progression, whilst bass calms the resulting conflict as percussion ties anchoring knots from which the vocal discovers harmonisation; All of which through the audience lays in approving silence.
My selection of the ten tracks is the second – Twin Flame.