johnny utah – Elliott’s Song – Audio

The US lofi creator johnny utah released the eponymous LP on the 8th.

johnny utah

johnny utah

A six track album (available both as a cassette and a digital download through the Slovakian label Z Tapes on bandcamp) that meanders through the room in muzzy waves, akin to attempting to focus the eyes after a night out in a bar and similar to the blurry vision, while the brain relaxes in its hazy cloudiness, so the the listener is equally left with a sense of pleasurable disconnection.

My pick of the release being the third on the LP – Elliott’s Song.

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HAMSTANK – Smile – Audio

The US alt-folk project HAMSTANK released the LP Rise Of The Giant King on the 9th.

Hamstank

Hamstank

A nine track album (available on bandcamp) which contains a mix of musical styles – some reminding of medieval folklore, in other moments contemporary folk even heading out to rock ballads while a luxury hamper of instrumentation and effects take to the stage. While that all sounds like a heady mixture of ideas, within the context of the tale told in the LP, it all fits in to a cohesive narrative and is most certainly a release to hear in one sitting to fully contextualise the unfolding storyline.

By way of an introduction the closer – Smile.

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Haydn Rothrock – Kodak Orange – Single Review

The US retrowave creator Haydn Rothrock revealed Kodak Orange on the 3rd.

Haydn Rothrock

Haydn Rothrock

Popping clarified butter in to a warming pan containing fried Samphire and one discovers the essence of Kodak Orange with its salted nutty undertones laid inside a creamy emulsion in which one delightedly dips a fork.

Frothy fretwork played through ever developing pedal reverb, delay and effects wraps itself inside the underlying percussive impetus whilst the melting vocal, which appears through a hazy filter, mixes in to the harmonics of a song in which the listener finds themselves enraptured.

Hats off to Haydn Rothrock who is able to deliver a track which, despite its busy undertow, leaves a millpond in its wake and is a testament to a musician who is able to calm a potentially catastrophic set of ingredients to a resulting plate of moreish taste.

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Wolf Tijuana – We’re Not The Most Evolved We’ve Ever Been – Audio

Wolf Tijuana is a US emo creator.

Wolf Tijuana

Wolf Tijuana

No matter how one approaches the music there is a lofidelity hum in which the listener becomes interlaced, akin to iron filings circumnavigation of two magnets.

Be the music of acoustics, electronica or combination thereof in the latest LP – Life Without Sun – (available on bandcamp) the audience discovers themselves fully engaged for the roughly twenty five minutes of the ten tracks and merely wishing it lasted longer whilst entrapped in the incantations of the hypnotic vocal.

The sixth track of the ten and perspicaciously named – We’re Not The Most Evolved We’ve Ever Been – being my pick of the release.

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Chelzzz – It’s My Time – Audio

The US hip-hop artist Chelzzz – who was at 29 in the New Year Ninety Chart – is finalising details of the début LP Underestimated.

Chelzzz - It's My Time

Chelzzz

The second track to be revealed from the forthcoming album – It’s My Time – is, as with the first B.O.M.B.S., of less searing heat than the various material previously featured since introduction in 2016.

That isn’t to say the that a furious temper isn’t palpable, it is the skewering lyric has dropped further in to the music, allowing the song to develop the accompanying theme to fuller extent with the twisting loops giving the track its menacing presence.

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