Caretaker – Swallow – Single Review

Caretaker is a US electro-rock quintet who released the single Swallow – today.

Caretaker

Caretaker

There is a fiery furnace which soars across the room as Swallow (available on bandcamp) dips and dives around the room akin to a murmuration of Swifts as the sonics of Caretaker camouflage their direction of travel and just as the listener thinks they have a handle on what to expect to hear next – so the tightly compact unit swoops in unexpected direction.

A quintet of considerable ability and for those of us not in and around New York (USA) Caretaker makes a welcome entrance to our ears.

Those of sharper eye by image and by ear aurally will recognise Erin Pellat as the singer.

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Graham The Empire – Nasty – Single Review

The US electro-rock trio Graham The Empire released their debut single Nasty on the 9th.

Graham The Empire

Graham The Empire

Nasty skitters out of the speakers in a unification of electro-dance and rock delivering a track that has the listener grinding their hips with the sleazy beat. The scratchy soundtrack serves to enhance to sense that this is a song to hear in hedonistic mood as the pulsing electro-drum compresses the music with the dirty guitar chords fizzing in the undergrowth as the tempting vocal whispers of the passions of the night.

Due to release their début EP in September, Graham The Empire produce music that you can expect to hear being chanted on the dance-floor in the next year or so.

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The Deadmen – Crystal – Audio

The US dark-rock band The Deadmen released their eponymous LP yesterday.

The Deadmen - eponymous LP

The Deadmen – eponymous LP




A ten track, roughly thirty six minutes, album (available via Eight Gang Switch) of superlative compositions.

Reflective of the realities of the journey of life with its ups and downs The Deadmen deliver music that has a serious demeanour, which is also able to find lustre in every rise and fall as they provide tracks that contains an impressive songwriting and performance ability. The underlying sombre mood is created through the anchoring of a brooding bass / percussion combination as the guitars tread on emotive melodies whilst the multi-layered vocals soar through the room in captivating harmonies discovering the listener wiping away tears from the corner of the eyes.

Having written all the above of the dour countenance of the LP, there is perhaps some inevitability that my selection from the album would be the the sixth track – the idiosyncratic rocking Crystal – a narrative of drug addiction – that is unlike anything else on the album.

I do advise grabbing hold of the LP and allow yourself plenty of time,  in a quiet darkened room, to fully enjoy the album with sharp objects and ropes safely out of reach as the full magnitude of the release seeps in to the marrow-bone.

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The Real Fits – Pretty Bastard – Single Review

The Real Fits is a US alternative rock quintet.

The Real Fits

The Real Fits

Over the past eighteen months or so The Real Fits have split their time building a live performance circuit along with releasing recordings for those of us not able to get to their shows – the latest of which is Pretty Bastard.

Layered guitars immediately gives the track a striking sonic range as gaze-rock fuses with rock’n’roll with percussion tying the two distinctive patterns together as bass sweeps aside trailing remnants giving the song a sense of continued expansion and compression whilst the impressive vocal flows in a mesmerising simultaneous chromatic semitone which provides Pretty Bastard with its intoxicating dynamic allure.

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Spoon Canoe – hmu – Audio

Spoon Canoe is a US alt-rock band.

Spoon Canoe

Spoon Canoe

I am very late to get to this, apologies.

Towards the end of last month Spoon Canoe released the LP Greetings Farewell (available on bandcamp) – a ten track album that is highlighted by the distinctive vocal style that will either immediately endear or repel – I am – needless to say enamoured.

Combinations of jazz influences wrap inside rock riffs giving the music a maths-rock tincture – my selection from the album is the sixth – hmu.

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