Denzil A.K.A. from Larne in Northern Ireland is the alt-rock musician Smout Martin who works with other instrumentalists as and when needed.
Covering much ground the music by Denzil A.K.A. is delivered as-though a full line-up giving the listener plenty to engage the ears. Mild distortion gives the material a slightly grungy feel which is enhanced by the faded vocals and one is reminded of a threadbare carpet, lived in and well worn, familiar yet always surprising.
Highly expressive tracks offer food for thought, asking more questions than providing answers, which makes for a refreshing change. On taking an extended run-out with Denzil A.K.A. the audience is left feeling they have attended a philosophical debate as the sounds weave a curvaceous path around the room focusing the attention to forgotten detail.
This is music to take your time with, as there is an almost hypnotic feel to the sounds and it is that continual – almost / similar to / reminds me of – which is the draw to the material.
I recommend settling back in a favourite chair and letting your mind wander with the out-put. I look forward to hearing more of Denzil A.K.A..
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It seems like five minutes ago that I last looked at the USA based outfit Bottle Cap Rockets – it was however nearly three years ago.
Bottle Cap Rockets – artwork for Down And Dirty
It is good to don the brothel creepers, turn up the speakers and dance around the room as they announce a new release coming out in a couple of months – Down And Dirty – and in the interim here is the video for Pretty Face.
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Heading, not for the first time, over to Skopje in The Republic Of Macedonia, on this occasion, to find the alt-rock quartet of Marko Dzambazoski (Lead Guitar / Backing Vocals), Marko Gapo (Lead Vocals / Rhythm Guitar), Liljana Jankova (Bass / Backing vocals) and Siniša Gjorgjević (drums) who make up Vizija.
Vizija ( Визија )
Turn up the bass levels, hit play and watch your speakers march across the room, as Vizija deliver their rumbling sounds. The tracks are steeped with discontent and malaise as the quartet deliver social commentary inside controlled and delightfully structured pieces. The power behind the material lays not in pure volume, rather in the brooding atmosphere the band creates and is a testament to their ability to compose and arrange music to maximum effect.
The additional guitar is used to add layers of texture to the lead guitar, whilst percussion and bass are given free reign to sprawl around ears, over which a pleading vocal reminds me of an aural definition of the 1893 version of The Scream by Edvard Munch.
With just over a couple of years behind them Vizija is a band who continues to have much to offer the world of music.
Once again, unsurprisingly, it is the thunderous bass that I find most appealing.
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The English bands CoCo And The Butterfields have released a video for a track from the EP – King of the Corner.
CoCo and The Butterfields
It is always a pleasure to find that the readers of the website share an eclectic musical taste like mine and take time-out of their day to consider music away from their core genre and more than that engage with it over the longer term.
CoCo And The Butterfields being a good example, where there remains considerable interest in the band, from a review back in July last year. As a result, here is their latest video – Alone.
King of the Corner – EP – CoCo and The Butterfields is available on iTunes*.
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Stop Press! is Emma Hodgson (Vocals), Tom Salussolia (Guitar / Vocals), Aaron Tebano (Bass), Joe Riley (Guitar) and Ian Flynn (Drums) a ska outfit from London in England.
Stop Press! make for an interesting variation on the genre, with the spiky cut, off beat, cliff-edges having a feel of being ironed to a more gentle slope, a Northern Soul / Reggae combination, which captures the attention of the audience. There is an infectious warmth which permeates the music leaving the listener in a glow of feel-good after spending time with the quintet.
Keeping themselves active in the live scene they can often be found playing in and around London, alongside which, sporadically, recorded material is made available for more distant listeners.
Whilst I appreciate that EPs and LPs are out of vogue with many bands and buyers of recorded music, the music of Stop Press! seeps into the soul far more effectively on extended play and I hope they make more recordings and longer length releases as this is a sound that has a broad international appeal.
I look forward to hearing more of Stop Press!.
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