Band of the Month – March 2016 – Readers’ Choice

From time to time The Editors’ Choice for Band of the Month and the Readers’ Choice find congruence – though different bands – very similar in style though an ocean apart.

Manic Pixi - Band Of The Month March 2016 - Reader's Choice

Manic Pixi

For the second time Manic Pixi from the USA, last in June 2015 are the selection for Band Of The Month by those of you who kindly take time out of your day to consider the music featured on Emerging Indie Bands, though consistency does discombobulate my pea-sized brain as the aim is to feature those you haven’t heard not those which you already enjoy.

Sugar Bomb – Manic Pixi is available on iTunes.*

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arms&legs – Wisdom Teeth – Audio

arms&legs -an acoustic-melancholia project from the USA released the LP Mountainous on the 27th.

Wisdom Teeth

Painting by Paul Meagher

From the seven track just over half an hour release (available on bandcamp) the third – Wisdom Teeth meanders its way around the cranium in anguished excoriating lament as arms&legs expound on a sense of painful solitude.

Opening with a thunderstorm the track breaks-down into an anguished cries of distorted snaps and lashes which sear into the listener as though an audible version of Munch’s work The Scream, or – as painted for me depicted in the image accompanying this article an interpretation of it – by Paul Meagher of The Newds.

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Black Severn

Pete Webber (Guitar / Vocals / Banjo / Harp) and Jack Carver (Drums / Percussion /Backing Vocals) from Bristol in England form the dark-blues duo Black Severn.

Black Severn

Black Severn

Like trawling through a ditch Black Severn deliver music which is covered in sludge and best taken behind a black-out curtain rather than on a ride on the Severn Bore as they contemplate of a world turned topsy-turvy with the many – slaves to the few.

There is a rawness that reminds of exhausted and bloodied bare-knuckle boxers with mutual respect embracing at the close of fight as the duo deliver music which has a slowness of step that bears much on its shoulders.

Black Severn don’t make secret of their forlorn perspective of the world by which they are surrounded. Rather than having the listener reaching for a rope their compositions proffer a supportive arm to the darkest moments of thought and the tracks don’t make light of the situation – expressing a sentiment that one is not alone in contemplative mood.

Relatively newly out of the blocks Black Severn have made an early release available which came out earlier this month. It will be interesting to discover how and if they are able to transpose the music to the same impact in live performance given the spread of instrumentation which can also include on the list – double-bass.

Their eponymous début LP is available on bandcamp from which I have selected, the sixth of the eight tracks, In Thrall to feature.


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The Blind Owls – Why – Audio

The US mersey-beat combo The Blind Owls were introduced last year.

The Blind Owls - Photo by Oscar Moreno

The Blind Owls – Photo by Oscar Moreno

A new two track single Mystery Man is surfacing and the B side Why was made available a few hours ago.

A just over two and a half minute track of infectious lightness that raises a wide grin from the listener as The Blind Owls reproduce with aplomb the sounds of the ’60s.

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Cross Record – Lemon – Video

Cross Record is an ethereal-electronica duo from the USA.

Cross Record - Lemon

Cross Record

The last of the nine tracks on the LP Wabi-SabiLemon is an expansive flow of sounds, which reflects well of the whole album which is a wide ranging selection of harmonious luxury.

Wabi-Sabi – Cross Record is available on iTunes.*

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