The Dirty Lies – You’re The Same – Video

The Scottish alt-rock band The Dirty Lies are due to release the EP Cellophane later this year.

The Dirty Lies - You're The Same

The Dirty Lies

Having moved back to Scotland, this time Edinburgh, from Leeds (England) The Dirty Lies are again establishing a strong local following.

The first track to appear from the forthcoming release is the dark presence of You’re The Same. The double kick pedal gives the track menacing industrialisation while the fused instrumentation lays muffled as though appearing from behind a bank of thick fog as the slower paced vocal slurs around the ears.

Judging by You’re The SameCellophane will be an EP to grab hold of as soon as it becomes available.

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Nomura is an alternative rock trio from Southampton in England. The band comprises of Jack Chapman (Bass), Liam Scott (Drums) and Calum Newbiggin (Guitar / Vocals).

Nomura - photo credit - Julian Holman

Nomura – photo credit – Julian Holman

Once again my thanks go to Dom for his thoughts.

That only three local lads could reside at the root of music which creates a complex brand of simplicity is initially hard to wrap one’s head around. Within The Cobblers Riff choppy drums and a pulsating bass rhythm guide Calum’s fluctuating vocals. Clean guitar reverberates and fills the space behind this melody, giving the softer verses an illusion of containing more than the mere sum of three instruments. This tranquil wall of sound builds in the second half of the track, progressing into more of a Maths-rock style reminiscent of Arcane Roots. The golden moment in the track is during this close, as a satisfying layer of distorted guitar seats itself beneath the increasingly-desperate vocals which endlessly beg: ‘Please don’t make the same mistakes I’ve made’.

For those familiar with the scene of young alternative and post-hardcore bands, perfecting the winning formula of delivering sincere emotion through tempered angst is a difficult task, but one that Nomura nails. Listen to The Cobblers Riff

and then listen to Candles in the Parlour, because both are worth your time.

Dom, not only writes about music, he also creates it and when I am able to get him out of his shell – you may find me penning some words about his own musical endeavours. For more of his world – you will find him on Instagram.

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The Pickled Onions – The Woods – Audio

The Pickled Onions the solo forlorn-indie project from Ireland released the EP The Woods yesterday.

The Pickeld Onions - The Woods - artwork

The Pickeld Onions – The Woods – artwork

With one track hanging from a couple of years ago The Pickled Onions is not quite a new idea, but it was only this month that the jumble of thoughts were able to coalesce into more than a fragility of concept with the release of the EP (available on bandcamp).

Each track very different from each, other than the thread of a sense of isolation. The Pickled Onions is able to tread a meandering course of introspection which captivates the listener for its very imploding hopelessness. Perhaps none more so than the title track and middle of the five which descends into deflated flats that remind the listener of watching the spires of State collusion slowly deflating before our eyes as the collapsing self-laudatory statues spontaneously combust to smouldering ash.

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Fatal Nostalgia

Fatal Nostalgia is an ambient-electronica project from Massachusetts in the USA.

Fatal Nostalgia - ambient-electronica from the USA

Fatal Nostalgia – ambient-electronica from the USA

Those with a closer eye to detail will notice I did reference a different project a few days ago by one and the same person – Cyberwave and as mentioned in that article Fatal Nostalgia is the more current thread of focus.

Again, with numerous releases this time dating back to 2012 (all available on bandcamp), Fatal Nostalgia offers plenty to hear while relaxing in a warming saline bath. The music flows around the head massaging the cranium and gradually the synapses, breathing and heart rate decelerate to the pace of the whooshes of unhurried euphonious compositions that thread through the room.

Whilst the tracks are extended variations on a theme there is nothing self-indulgent and the listener finds themselves wishing phrases were extended further as Fatal Nostalgia reveals music that has the attraction and mesmerising qualities of multi-coloured fractals spinning in the breeze.

A very difficult set of schematics to generate something new from time after time, yet Fatal Nostalgia is able to generate original compositions which follow the flow chart and thus far there have been over thirty pieces extending to in excess of two hours of material.

From the five track EP Quietus – the second Elysium.

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Soul Alliance – Pig Pen – Audio

The US rock band Soul Alliance released their début Critical Phases EP on the 1st.

Soul Alliance

Soul Alliance

Newly out of the blocks and sounding as though they are from the whisky soaked era of ’70s rock, how could I not recommend you getting to know Soul Alliance in the early stages of their development.

The penultimate of the five tracks Pig Pen sounds asthough it has been delivered from inside a cask we all wish we were in too – as the fused sounds slide around the walls. However, they are far more than a throw-back as they introduce some intriguing light acoustic, almost Spanish Guitar, strumming to give the heavy passages a distinct point of difference.

Beginning to surface with some live performances locally in their hometown of Pittsburgh, if you are in the vicinity, I recommend having a look at the diary. For those of us further away Critical Phases is one to add to the collection and trust they will soon be touring somewhere within reach in short order, for when nothing other than a faded leather jacket will serve purpose.

If I have a minor criticism, it is one that established readers will understand is always irksome to me – those backward facing ‘baseball hats’ please no – and no again.

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