Nate Utely predominately creates music which has an undertow of quiet melancholia as the notes of the guitar ebb and flow around the emotionally laden vocal though the most recent track to surface – A Million Songs – is of a more sprightly nature than previous material with a more upbeat mood than to be expected by taking a listen to the back catalogue.
Time will tell if this is a new direction of travel or a one off showcase of a broader song-writing skill set.
MOD CON, an Australian new wave trio, release the LP Modern Convenience on the 6th of April through Poison City Records on vinyl, CD and digitally and on the 13th of April digitally elsewhere.
The ten track album ponders the parlous state of the world with a set of feisty songs that belie the fact that this, albeit all experienced musicians, is their début album as MOD CON rather than taking a branding iron to the speakers is able to sear the room with smouldering ferocity that marks this as a trio to keep a look out for and unsurprising they are already gaining traction in Australia.
I am able to share with you the antepenultimate of the songs – Kidney Auction Blues, though on release I do recommend keeping a listen out for my pick of the LP, the fourth track – Tell Me Twice.
The US lofi-dream duo Earth Dad revealed their latest track – Younger – on the 22nd.
It was last year that Earth Dad first made contact and it has taken me until now to get to the email, if you are in a band or have sent through a recommendation and are still awaiting a reply – there will be one, just sometimes it takes longer than other moments.
This is another of those occasions when timing has worked out well with the collaborative track Younger arising quite recently which features Emma Lee a song for which unusually I suggest not turning every thing to extra loud, rather draw the curtains, lay back, turn down the dial and allow the jangle to wrap itself around the head.
The grapevine also suggests a new album will be released next month.