A slight change in line-up with a different drummer – Michael Hussain – the music remains inviting to everyone.
With apologies all-round, I come back to this a month after I was alerted to the latest track – Sweet Anne. When you find yourself comparing percussion to the two drummers of Adam And The Ants you just know this is a chappie in control of his sticks.
The rolling percussion lays a tarmacadam route for the jazzy guitar and the bass blushes – tamping as it progresses. As you will know I am always a great supporter of the low note strings – but even they have to play second fiddle to the skins on this occasion. The synths, whilst also aiming to blaze a trail find themselves a passenger and whilst vocal foils, it too nestles as a supporting act.
Don’t be fooled by the above that this is merely four and a half minutes of drum solo, far from it. As always Jingo are able to deliver an intricate weave of composition that the listener can say their body in vague time, or settle back and enjoy with heels on desk as they partake of an update of the fable of Little Red Riding Hood with its scathing commentary of the pack predatory nature of the ’10s.
The Russian alt-rock quartet Svetoten are set to release the LP The Guide, The Stalker And The Haunter on the 17th.
Svetoten utilise a subtly placed synth to give their rock derived tracks an expansive flow of sound, which they are able to switch from compressed furrows to undulating dunes.
The first track to surface from the album – Lost In Space, which is also available on bandcamp, discovers the quartet in a gliding moment of thermal flow as guitars are given free reign to envelop the listener in meandering contemplation, whilst simultaneously, the electronics are given greater wingspan than is typical. The bristling bass and percussion ensure Svetoten retain a lead-weight gravitational pull in Lost In Space and although the side-channels are allowed to flourish they are equally tamed ensuring the piece doesn’t become an oxbow lake and the listener is not left with a soliloquy of extravagance.
Itneverhappened is a Swedish existential-electronica project.
Songs frequently turn up by Itneverhappened and the eightieth, which was made available last week is the sublime Ricochet – which dies exactly what it says on the tin. Posited currently as a possibility on a forthcoming LP, the listener has the feeling they are the ball in a pin-ball machine as buffers, swipes and flashing lights hurtle past.