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.
Recently releasing the LP A Little Time (available on bandcamp) – Young Folk take this opportunity to take the listener on a wide ranging journey from jazz fusion,through maths-rock, via rock ‘n’roll and on to southern country with much betwixt, whilst not losing the audience in the mix. Adding a trumpet in to the front-line allows the quartet to travel along their own path affording their output a space all of its own.
There is an earthy honesty to the unpretentious sounds that swivel across the room in the just over half an hour ten track album. My pick of which is the penultimate – Over Mountains.
Freaks Of The Sea is a sardonic-pop duo from the USA.
Freaks Of The Sea
Within the past ten hours their latest track has surfaced, the sardonically named Hypocrite, which finds a lyrical barrage railing against the ‘pop’. A song that can’t but help raise a smile for the assuredness and deftness of foot in taking a step outside their own boundaries to use those ‘four chords’ and deliver a track that is as ‘capable’ as anything in the mainstream, whilst simultaneously tearing holes in itself for its own absurdity.
In due course I will return to Freaks Of The Sea when they resolve to their more natural territory of luxurious nu-soul.
The first track to surface is Capsize – a dark and menacing industrial cloaking descends across the room as pinpoint racing percussion is layered by shadowy guitar, giving the song an impressive demeanour which, even those who normally shy away from the genre, will discover an intense and expressive thread to hold attention.