Band Of The Month – March 2018 – Editors’ Choice

The first quarter of the year draws to a close and already a plethora of top notch music has come my way – thank you musicians for what you do, it does make the world a better place. Time for the Editors’ Choice for band of the month for March 2018

Bloodcocks UK - band of the month March 2018

Bloodcocks UK

…From the USA – the new wave quartet who can normally be found touring internationally – Bloodcocks UK.

From the LP Hot Sushi, which is available on bandcamp Let’s Go.

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The Botherers – Bad Cops II – Audio

The Finnish trippy-garage trio The Botherers are planning to release the LP Urban Schizophrenia later in the year.

The Botherers

The Botherers

Released on the 23rd was the AA side single Side In: Message / Side Out: Bad Cops II (available on bandcamp) containing two songs from the album and signposts of an album which will be full of twists and turns that will warm up the latter part of the year.

By way of an introduction – Bad Cops II.

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Winter – Zoey – Audio

The US based ethereal-gaze project Winter releases the LP Ethereality on the 6th of April.

Winter - Zoey

Winter

A couple of tracks have surfaced from the album (which is available on bandcamp) in advance of its release. The most recent Zoey, the third of the ten songs, came to light a few hours ago.

Zoey – floats through the room like a hazy mirage as the dreamy vocal is borne on a soft bedding of echoing guitar and the listener finds themselves throttling back to allow the bustle of the day to leave them far behind and ensconced in the gossamer threads.

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Massic – Torched Order – Audio

The Australian metal quintet Massic released the LP Redshift a few hours ago.

Massic

Massic

A ten track album (available on bandcamp) of darkly menacing metal that spins through the ears like a colony of bats intricately circling a cave.

Far more than thrashing the instruments and playing at breakneck speed Massic deliver music which is nuanced and thoughtful in delivery, sometimes ear-bleedingly loud other moments layered by guitars swirling around each other and taking unexpected almost subliminal pauses, creating an LP where each song offers something distinctly different, yet all drawn from a burning rage against a system which oppresses minorities and is geared towards exploitation for the betterment of those who already have too much.

My pick of the release being the fourth – Torched Order.

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古川麦 (Baku Furukawa) – Halo – Video

The Japanese / US  art-rock project 古川麦 (Baku Furukawa) released the LP シースケープ (Seascape) last week.

古川麦 - photo by - 鈴木 竜一朗 (Ryuichiro Suzuki)

古川麦 – photo by – 鈴木 竜一朗 (Ryuichiro Suzuki)

The nine track album is influenced by the disparate geo-political influences of both childhood and adult life and is a blend of angular jazz-fusion and melted café-rock which is derives its intrigue by the contrasting imagery cast through the listeners mind..

Halo is the sixth track and a fair gateway to シースケープ.

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