The US art-rock sextet ACKLAND will be releasing their eponymous LP in March.
The first song to surface from the album being, Rain, which was also released as a standalone single on the 26th.
The track which enters from the speakers with a somnambulistic demeanor flows softly through the room in quiet pacing with the bowed strings giving the composition a spectral temperament as piano and strummed strings add to the sense of something that is not quite of this world, while the vocal affords the song even more sense of the ethereal and it is only the percussion which assures the audience, in denouement, the passing two hundred and twenty two seconds were not a figment of their imagination.
There is little to hear, for those of us who haven’t had the opportunity to see them live, though on the sparsity of what there is around to listen to, which consists of three live tracks one of which is Rain plus the studio version of Rain, I am already looking forward to the album.
Washed in luscious reverb and soaked pedal swimming in a shoal encased by synthetic keys, their latest single Time, which was released earlier in the month belies the hive of frenetic under-current jazz-fused activity which underpins the song as the vocal glides through the room merely generating ripples of disturbance and leaving the listener unwittingly shaking their shoulders through the shifting phraseology of the composition.
Old Swing in Time evidence of a group of musicians who know when enough is enough on the mixing desk and although laden with depths of effects the resulting output is of a calming serenity in which the audience can either explore the rapidly oscillating pectoral fins or flow in gentle swoops with the graceful anguilliform locomotion.
The US alt-folk creator Lena Rich released the début LP Something In Between on the 27th.
A nine track, roughly thirty one minutes, album of engaging texture which weaves a gentle thread of soft silk through the room. The songs are a well balanced melding of semi-acoustic guitar led instrumentation that serves to highlight a rich and expressively able vocal in to which the listener finds themselves hypnotically drawn.
There is a slightly wistful undertow to the soundscape, which adds to the hold of Something In Between with the middle track Red House being my highlight.
Lena Rich has established a solid local audience and with fortune the LP will unlock a few more doors, not only further in to the USA but more internationally too.
The English beat quintet The Beaucrees released the single Give Them A Break! on the 26th.
First formed in 1963 and enjoying playing live in the London circuit they disappeared in 1979 before reappearing in 2012 and just over fifty years after their formation The Beaucrees released their first single in 2016. Putting their foot to the accelerator pedal, just under two years later, Give Them A Break! doubles their recorded output with a song in support of the homeless.
I frequently, when featuring music of ’60s and ’70s backdrop refer to it as retrospective. Somehow a band who first formed in the year I was born and who are part of the rootstock of beat music – to call it retro would be to do a disservice to the longevity of The Beaucrees.
Melodies which tempt the listener in to the deepest fathoms of the sea, with no possible route of escape, fail to to pose a barrier to the audience plunging in to the alluring combinations of instrumentation and vocal, which like a Siren off the bow beguile the mind to follow in to the inky depths.
A back-catalogue in which various instruments take leading role, more typically piano, in the latest song to surface – Slowsurfing – it is synthesised guitar which finds the brain hypnotised as the sultry vocal whispers sweet intentions in the ear that finds the audience unable and undesirous to draw breath through its two hundred and nineteen seconds duration.