Sunken Seas – Mirage – Video

The New Zealand ambient-drone quartet Sunken Seas released the LP Glass last month.

Sunken Seas - Glass - artwork

Sunken Seas – Glass – artwork

Mirage, the first of the nine tracks on the album is presented through voile as the signature haze of sound drifts into the room accompanied by a steady beat. As the track builds so does the activity dimly heard through frosted pane.

Sunken Seas are skilled purveyors of their music, as they manage to balance between keeping the material sufficiently out of sight-line to cause intrigue, whilst keeping the shadowed sounds ever present and focussing the attention to try to seek clarification.

Glass – Sunken Seas is available on iTunes.*

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Aurora Dee Raynes – Do What You Do – Video

Aurora Dee Raynes is an acid-bass project from England.

Aurora Dee Raynes

Aurora Dee Raynes

Still awaiting home for an official release Do What You Do, will set your sub-woofer on fire as the collaboration of Danielle Kranendonk and Touchy Subject careens straight through both ears before spiralling backwards into the brain hurtling the listener towards a two and three quarter minute journey into spaces unheralded.

Each section flounces towards the cochlea from different angles, akin to a vogue face-off, before colliding into colourful sparks that sparkle around the room, leaving the mind twisting and turning in kaleidoscopes of sound.

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Bellusira – Black Seed – Video

Initially introduced in 2013 the US based rock band Bellusira released the LP The Healing earlier this month.

Bellusira - The Healing - artwork

Bellusira – The Healing – artwork

Bands focus change over time and Bellusira is an evidential example. When first introduced, just prior to their début LP – Connection, they were still in their homeland of Australia with an alternative edginess to their material. A change of dynamic, geography and line-up finds the band more buffed, polished and focussed towards the mainstream of radio-metal, with considerable success I should add.

Black Seed, a perspicacious introspective commentary and the third of the eleven tracks on The Healing finds Bellusira providing with precision what is expected for a mass market appeal in an LP which I would expect to receive considerable commercial airplay and I wish them every success for the future in their new direction of travel.

The Healing – Bellusira is available on iTunes.*

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Paper Hawk – Trails – Video

Paper Hawk is an alt-folk outfit from England.

Paper Hawk

Paper Hawk

After a morning of hot-bed rock and metal it was a both a pleasure and a surprise to find Paper Hawk, who are currently putting finishing touches to their début EP, wending my way.

A stripped back acoustic live version of Trails, which features the sentiment of both harmonics and discordance in hushed tones.

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ReVerbed – Bury Me – Video

The English indie-rock band ReVerbed released the EP – Another Year, Still Here – on the 23rd.

ReVerbed - Another Year, Still Here - artwork

ReVerbed – Another Year, Still Here – artwork

With an assured confidence ReVerbed deliver music that has natural flow along with relevant hooks on which the listener can hang their coats.

Bury Me, the second of the four tracks on Another Year, Still Here, is a showcase in how to slice the music. ReVerbed, for all their self-evident abilities do not verge into cockiness, as they provide music in which they invest sweat and tears which, on offering, allows the audience to take a participatory part on the floor, or sit back and enjoy the melodies.

The combinations of the two guitars allows Bury Me, to express the texture as the combinations of voices gives the track depth, to which percussion maintains a pressing, forward progression and the bass delightfully sways between joining the party of the two six stringers and reminding them not to stray off the path.

Another Year, Still Here – EP – ReVerbed is available on iTunes.*

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