The Swedish indietronic duo Heart/Dancer released the LP My Heart Is A Dancer on the 27th.
The last of the nine tracks on the album – Remedy – finds Heart/Dancer playing with the textures of the output in their most confident as the approaching four minute creation opens with their most defined and stark architecture as a morose percussion leads the procession around which the duo create luxuriant envelopes of silken web in which the listener becomes ever more entrapped, finding themselves wrapped ever more tightly against the scaffolding from which to gaze at the unfolding artistry above.
Remedy is their most atypical track with its mesmerising tempered pace and the only one bereft of vocal, other than a hushed breath at 1:45, repeated at 1:53 and finally reverse echoed betwixt 2:01 and 2:02, so unsurprisingly the track that I find most intriguing for its very singularity as Heart/Dancer permit themselves the opportunity to layer a tempo which collides itself into a virtual standstill one hundred and forty five seconds into the track, reminiscent of the buffered rubber between the carriages of a train, before springing back into continuum.
The London, England, based Jason Leung (Vocals), Ronan Kemp (Guitar), Roman Uetskiy (Lead Guitar) and Jamie Parker (Drums) are the alt-metal quartet of Novacaine Nothing.
Novacaine Nothing – Noughts And Crosses – artwork
Set to release their début EP Noughts & Crosses on the 18th of December and variously formed by musicians originating in Asia, North America and Europe – London became the adopted home of Novacaine Nothing for their commingle of metal influences.
The music unequivocally threads of the differences of reference point with fulminating vocal cloaked within melody and harnessed pace. Rather than sounding like out-put created by a committee Novocaine Nothing are able to beat out an interesting route of discovery as furious voice, finds bedfellow with expansive guitar as percussion and bass stand askance of the unfolding theatre of conflict, which reflects of their own journey of a purview of various players, attributable to various addictions and the mantle load of depression.
I can’t assure you that the line-up will be the same given the history of rotation on their next appearance on the site, but, of certainty will be the idiosyncratic nature of the out-put of Novacaine Nothing who successfully have a history of destroying barriers to ensure their continuity and a project I anticipate of further unravelling over the coming years.
Formed a few years ago Embers got off to a bright start then, as though their name was of prescience, glowed less brightly for a while as they extricated themselves from some bad music industry decisions, such are the perils of the business. With some fortune despite the aggravation, they kept their hand on the tiller and have been able to resurface with plans for a forceful recording and live appearance come-back next year.
The sardonically named The Bitten Tongue evidences Embers have lost none of their touch for the expansive as the molten gold spreads itself across the room in luscious tempers of guitars and fluid percussion, finished by a bitter-sweet expressive vocal, with the listener engrossed in the lugubrious thematic progression.
The German / French indie-synth band Yalta Club based in Paris (France) are putting final touches to an LP due for release early in 2016.
A stand alone track that will not be on the album – LOVE – was written in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attack in January as a cathartic – optimistic – sorrowful response. Paris once again becoming a centre for attack earlier this month Yalta Club have revisited the track and decided to make it publicly available in the vein of the initial immediate response.
A song of inclusion not division, with the off-beat, as a regular reader knows I can’t help but find revolving around my brain, LOVE has an earthy honesty to it, that finds the listener pumping arms in unison.