The US alt-rockers herMajesty release the two track single I Saw The Dog on vinyl on the 2nd of November and digitally on the 8th.
herMajesty – I Saw The Dog – vinyl test pressing
A couple of years since last featured it is appropriate to refresh the mind.
I Saw The Dog is a timeless track which takes in a disparate set of influences which have a richness of analogue warmth to them that allows each element to shine in its own channel affording the song an intricate weave of texturing which is almost tangible as it floats through the room. The evocative guitars snake around the supple vocal whilst a quietly drifting synthesis creates hazy extensions through which the drum-kit, that maximises the available skins, develops a hypnotic focus off its own and the pulsing bass rounds out the composition as it provides the anchoring and solidity to the erstwhile ethereal soundtrack.
Whilst the digital version is able to capture some of the warmth, I would posit the physical release will do more justice.
Рушан Хәяли (Rushan Hüseyin) is a Russian, more specifically Tatarstan, alt-folk creator.
Рушан Хәяли (Rushan Hüseyin)
Set for release on the 22nd is a fourteen tack compilation LP celebrating musicians from Tatarstan – Пляж Локомотив (Locomotive Beach) – which will be available as a cassette through Издательство Сияние (Shining Records) imminently.
The tenth of the tracks, which was written whilst Рушан Хәяли was travelling in the USA, Кан басымы (Blood Pressure) is based on the poetry of Ренат харис (Renat Haris) and reflects on national and international conflict.
The English alt-rock trio 45 release the EP The Tick Tock Man tomorrow.
The four track EP (available on bandcamp) is a more nuanced set of songs than music of theirs previously featured.
The lead acoustic on the closing track – Tomorrow – introduces a song that layers rock’n’roll inside a southern-blues framework to which the vocal is ideally suited, which finds the listener stomping alongside and is my pick of the release.
The Finnish dark-rock band Uptown Electronics released the two track single Crashin’ Slow on the 15th.
Uptown Electronics – Crashin’ Slow – artwork
There is a different layering than music previously featured which is evident in both Crashin’ Slow and the B side Release The Pressure where rock guitar architecture builds the scaffolding to the songs as the looming tracks darken the doorway.
These are capable musicians and I look forward to hearing more in the coming years.
The US alt-rock quartet Sixteen Jackies release the EP Movie Was Bad tomorrow.
Sixteen Jackies – photo by Carmella Maria
The second of the four tracks on the EP – VHS #1 (A Body) – was revealed less than a dozen hours ago.
Having had the opportunity to listen to two of the tracks, with each being of different countenance, I can attest on this basis that Movie Was Bad is something to add to the collection.
With the option of either the opening song You Came a luscious layering of gazey guitar led by a beguiling vocal or VHS #1 (A Body) to feature there is little possibility I would choose anything other than a track that has a bass guitar strung so loosely you can almost see the wires poking out of the speakers with the synth taking supporting role as guitar and percussion add a dark presence with the sparse vocal menacing the ears.