The US alt-rock project Car Seat Headrest centred around Will Toledo releases the LP Teens Of Denial later this year.
Car Seat Headrest – Vincent – artwork
From the album and released itself, as a single, on the 23rd Vincent allows the guitar to urge more from the speakers than much of the previous material I have had the opportunity to hear. There is an underlying tint of lo-fi psychedelia mixed with ’80s new-wave as the track bends its way into the ears.
Whilst Vincent can stand being played extremely loudly; To gain maximum value from the track best heard with volume subdued where the nuances of the instrumentation and percussion becomes more apparent.
The English indie quartet The Hubbards are gearing up to the release of the EP Cold Cut later in the year.
As an advance of the full release the title track is being made available as a single on the 4th of March.
Cold Cut finds a retrospective mood as The Hubbards deliver a swinging melody that has the listener sashaying in time with the easily lilting track. Don’t be fooled however, the quartet have raised their game, as to achieve the gliding sounds they are having to work harder as musicians, to deliver the surface tension that gives Cold Cut its smoothness.
Underpinning the just over three and a half minute track of swan gliding elegance, lays a hard paddling workout for The Hubbards. Guitars swim inside each other in ever more complex timing whilst percussion superbly switches beat emphasis to change direction of travel and tempo whilst bass gives the track its depth and the vocal is able to flow in sympathy with the subtle key and pace changes. Whilst predominately played through in major chords the quartet are also able to slip into minors, making Cold Cut an impressive composition, which The Hubbards are able to deliver without the listener being aware of precisely how much is occurring, merely allowed to enjoy the sounds that emerge from the speakers.
I am looking forward to getting to hear the complete EP, if this is a mark of the standard of the full release.
The Balearic Islands alt-rock quintet Los Bélmez released the LP El Novio de la Muerta on the 23rd.
Los Bélmez – El Novio de la Muerta – artwork
A change of line-up and the addition of saxophone since their introduction in 2014 finds Jaume Ramón on Bass and Jonás Salvador on Saxophone joining Jonatan, Ginés and Carlos. This caused a slight delay in the release of El Novio de la Muerta, which you will notice the artwork was created in anticipation of a release in December 2015.
Tramuntana, the fourth of the ten tracks on El Novio de la Muerta (available via bandcamp) is a slower pace, though equally scornful than previous material featured and the extension from a quartet to a quintet allows Los Bélmez to expand on the themes of their work, which gives them the room to slow everything down a little and furrow a more melancholic line.
Rather than raw punches Los Bélmez now deliver concealed menacing tones with guitars crawling around each other as bass and percussion set the ominous presence which makes the music even more intriguing.