The US funky-soul sextet Hail! Cassius Neptune are set to release the four track EP LEMB in January of 2017.
Hail! Cassius Neptune
The first piece to surface from the release is a live studio version of Oscillate which anticipates, in the title, the movements of the limbs by the listeners in a roughly four and a half minutes song that finds the audience disentangling their own tendons to dip with the dive and hip with the highs in a track contextualised by sultry vocal and swinging rhythms.
This is music for embracing with another, or even for embracing alone, as Hail! Cassius Neptune time-shift the retro to modernity wrapped in beguiling lyric accompanied by a strident synth which minds of Greenfield from The Stranglers.
The US dreamy-folk creator Erin Pellnat released the EP Dream In Color on the 5th.
The quarter of an hour four track release has a sombre under-tow which is less to do with melancholia and more introversion of thought as Erin Pellnat encapsulates the beauty of spending time quietly aside from the rat-race to take the space to let the mind wander through moments in life. Much akin to waking from a dream, no matter how therapeutic it may have been, on first thought the initial impact is one of quizzical contemplation.
From Dream In Color (available on bandcamp) my pick of the release is the closer – Forever Kisses.
The US psychedelic-alchemy couplet Moon Duo are set to release the LP Occult Architecture Vol. 1 on the 3rd of February.
From the seven track album (available on bandcamp) the third – Creepin’ – finds the listener tripping out on a carpet-ride of colourful imagery, as the gauzy instrumentation and vocals wrap around the ears, finding themselves unable but to be minded of Silver Machine by Hawkwind, though, Moon Duo are able to provide a more dense and vociferous flow of thoughts which are perhaps more appropriate to the 2010’s – yet which is still able to mesmerise the audience.
The latest track to surface Easy 2 Love interweaves harp, electronics, instrumentation, beatbox and lyric in to a number that contains intriguing contrasts of out-stretched arms and insular frostiness. Not in the least bit easy on the ears, but more than worth getting to explore as – the longer the fractious piece plays – the more it makes sense.
Two Door Rev is the distortion-rock duo of Sam Watroba (Vocals / Guitar) and Jean Thorn (Drums) from Chico in the USA.
Two Door Rev
The sounds shatter into fragments before they leave the speakers and once exposed to air they disintegrate further dissolving into grains of sand as they reach the ears.
Two Door Rev are a band best played loudly to maximise the effects of the distortion and screeching whorls of air pressure can be felt blowing across my forearms as I type. Given the levels of fuzz it would be easy to assume that the music is not of compositional substance, though making such an assumption would be miss the whole point of the duo, who create as an art-form solid song writing and ability to deliver the music, which only then is desiccated.
With a couple of LPs (both available on bandcamp along with two singles) behind them it is evident that they have become more confident in their technique, merely asking the listener to open their minds to the unexpected and once done – spending time in their company becomes impressively cathartic.
From the LP Noise In The Same Key – Scepters and Bombs.