Time for the Editors’ Choice for the band of the month for May – regardless – a thanks to all music creators, whether ever featured or not on the site for doing what you do as you make the world a better place.
Краснознаменная дивизия имени моей бабушки (Red banner division named after my grandmother)
With the normal eclectic selection of bands published over the month it is always a decision fraught with – ‘but what about?’ – however a decision needs to be made and from Russia Краснознаменная дивизия имени моей бабушки (Red banner division named after my grandmother)is the May 2017 selection.
Birds And Beasts is an English folk’n’roll quartet.
Birds And Beasts
A few stop-starts over the years with various line-up changes Birds And Beasts towards the end of last year settled to a firmer concept and this month surfaced with three new pieces of music for those of us not local to get to hear. One the official single which came out on the 26th.
As is so often the case, when I am given options, the selection I ask you to spend time with is not the one the band were particularly trying to draw to attention, which in this case was – Turn With The Tide. A harmony of vocals which elegantly spread across the room encased within intriguing combinations of electronica and folded guitar (available on bandcamp).
I select The Day I Was Born as a means to introduce the band – a busy rock’n’roll infused blend of country-folk resulting in a number in which the listener can delightedly stomp on the table-top.
The English acoustic-melancholia creator Stuart Newman releases the single The Fight on the 7th of June.
Over the years since being first introduced back in 2010 Stuart Newman has always revealed music of darker countenance reflecting on what surface as diarised notations of the realities of his life and those of stay with the various sites over the years will know I always have admiration for musicians who are prepared to lay open their inner wounds for others to inspect in microscopic detail.
The Fight continues in his delivery of uncomplicated song structure, which for its very bareness, adds an intensity to the thoughts being expressed.
Sometimes when you listen to a band you wonder why the whole world doesn’t know about them already and Queue is one of those contemplative moments in time.
Everything that is needed in music is encapsulated within the just over three minutes of Frontier which was released on the 26th (available on bandcamp). A blistering tempo is kick-started by razor-sharp percussion as a thumping bass pulses through the ears surrounded by the two guitars which swap places and spacing giving the song a completely unexpected spacious gazey-echo through which a sublime emotive vocal softly drifts and the whole song is delivered with remarkable precision.
The Germany based dark-electro outfit Das Flüff regularly feature on the various sites.
Das Flüff- Flower With Knife – artwork
From the ten track LP Flower With Knife, available on their website, Nothing is one of their more uplifting tracks – which of course needs to be taken in context as you will not be leaving in bouncing humour – though will be seeking a dark cellar in which to play the song again.