Blushing – Hidden Places – Audio

Blushing, the US dreamgaze quartet, have revealed the second track on the EP Weak which is set for release on the 18th.

Blushing - photo credit @eddie_chavez_

Blushing – photo credit @eddie_chavez_

Having now had the opportunity to listen to the full five track release (available on bandcamp) I am able to reaffirm my initial thoughts when featuring the title track back in November, that this is a EP to grab hold of on release.

Each song on the roughly twenty three minutes release is of slightly different texturing whilst each leaves the listener drawing thoughts of time having been slowed while gazing at distant galaxies expanding and contracting.

I draw particular attention to the closing track Love You Twice, which I am not able to share at this stage, though that isn’t to say the track I am able to feature – Hidden Places – is in anyway of lesser ingenuity.

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Superbean – Satan, Lend Me A Dollar – Audio

The US new wave trio Superbean released the LP Shit Show on the 8th.

Superbean - Satan, Lend Me A Dollar

Superbean

A dozen track album (available on bandcamp) of ska and new wave infused songs that shake an enraged fist at the world around, while inviting the audience to join in with the party. With their frustrations not taking over the positive vibes of the music rather marrying in an addictive roughly thirty three minutes of high energy rock’n’roll.

The closer is the celtic-rock derived Satan, Lend Me A Dollar.

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D U N B A R – Cary Grant – Single Review

The US indie-dance quartet, D U N B A R, revealed their début single Cary Grant on the 10th.

D U N B A R

D U N B A R

Sparkling guitars invite the listener on to the dance-floor while the off-beat percussion / bass combinations give Cary Grant a point of difference in a crowded marketplace, with an impeccable vocal rounding out the sound.

Longer stay readers can’t help to contemplate the short lived band Viola Beach (all of whose members died in a road accident while on a Scandinavia tour in February 2016) when listening to the music and similarly Cary Grant intimates of a band capable of creating music with a global reach and a band I look forward to hearing more from in short order.

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Unblinded – Battle Scars – Single Review

The US garage rock duo Unblinded released their début single Battle Scars on the 6th.

Unblinded

Unblinded

I was particularly struck by the juxtaposition of the main body of Battle Scars (available on bandcamp) with its rapscallion countenance that finds the listener delightedly threshing through the room as the burred guitar and furious percussion / bass combinations pump through the ears with a felted vocal creating empathetic audience participation choral context set against the acoustic fragility and cleverly placed naïvety of the opening bars, which attest to a couple of musicians who know one end of a song from another.

I am already looking forward to discovering more in short order.

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Blurred Out – Modern Waves – Single Review

The US funk-rock quartet Blurred Out released the single Modern Waves on the 9th.

Blurred Out - Modern Waves

Blurred Out

With a different soundtrack to their last feature which had a hazy shimmer, Modern Waves (available on bandcamp) is a more jangular composition with the active bass / percussion combination licking up a fair old tempo with glittering guitar giving the song a jazzy-feel while a softened vocal rounds out the sharper edges while adding a layer of warmth.

Modern Waves has something of a retrospective feel to it which is perhaps apposite as the construct of the song being based on a relative who had Alzheimer’s and hence fragmented recollections of a lifetime of memories.

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