Long-Distance – Be A Man – Single Review

The Scotland based alt-rock quartet Long-Distance released the single Be A Man on the 16th.



Be A Man (available on bandcamp) is a blend of melancholic-rock and indie-dance which intrigues for the disparity of source influences that Long-Distance are able to deliver with a striking confidence that holds the listener fully absorbed.

The slowly bending guitar drifts through the speakers, as though a spectral imprint, while the quiet pinning of bass and drum lay as a frame for a signature vocal which is able to stretch to notes high and low enabling the band to impart a composition of intense emotions.

With only a couple of songs available, each a year apart, I merely hope that it isn’t a further twelve months before I next hear from Long-Distance.

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Spirits Of Leo – Eden – Audio

The US gaze-rock quintet Spirits Of Leo will be releasing the LP Equinox on the 23rd.

Spirits Of Leo

Spirits Of Leo

The latest track to surface from the album (which is available on bandcamp) the ninth of the sixteen – Eden – glides through the room as though a ghostly apparition as the shadowy silhouette of the shimmering echoing vocal and guitars are given formation by forceful bass / percussion combinations with the dreamy synth drifting in out out of focus in a song that minds the listener of early ’80s synth-rock.

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Eggs On Mars – Don’t Send Me – Audio

The US lofi-garage trio Eggs On Mars released the LP In A Desert Place on the 15th.

Eggs On Mars

Eggs On Mars

There is a retro-feel to the music which they deliver in an unadorned naive form, giving the compositions an earthy honesty, that captivates the listeners attention. Eggs On Mars are able to deliver tracks which leave the listener feeling well disposed to the world as the untouched songs slip in to earshot, warts and all.

My pick of the nine track, plus one remix, album (available on bandcamp) being the fourth – Don’t Send Me.

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Dark Voice Of Angelique – They – Audio

The Russian drone project Dark Voice Of Angelique released the LP Noire on the 14th.

Dark Voice Of Angelique - They

Dark Voice Of Angelique

Noire (available on bandcamp) whilst still of dark cloud, is of less dystopian menace than music previously featured.

The nine tracks are less compacted and resultingly afford for the listener to more readily explore the melodies and nuances of the roughly fifty six minutes album as the multifarious layering of electronica, synthesised instruments and vocal flows through the room.

The fourth composition and my pick of the release is the just over six minutes – They.

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The Mouth Of Ghosts – Tonight – Audio

The English alt-rock band The Mouth Of Ghosts are finalising details for a new EP.

The Mouth Of Ghosts - Tonight

The Mouth Of Ghosts

Originally featured in 2012, shortly thereafter The Mouth Of Ghosts disappeared until reappearing in 2015 with a new release – after a further three years in the shadows Tonight is the first track to surface from the forthcoming EP and once again showcases why they are always a welcome addition as the brooding darkness looms in to the room.

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