The English indie-dance quartet Pale Waves are working towards their début LP for later in the year.
Having already established a solid live audience and a series of successful singles and an EP the latest single to be released Kiss, which came out on the 15th, can only enhance their reputation and reach.
A deft ability in songwriting enables Pale Waves to traverse the knife edge between pop music plastic and heartfelt, genuine creativity which enables them to secure both mainstream and indie interest without alienating either.
The Brazilian electro-rock quartet Remove Silence, from Brazil, will be releasing the LP Raw later this year.
A couple of years since last featured and the intervening period of time discovers the quartet with a slightly different feel to their sound. The prog-rock experimentalism has been replaced with a more structured focus in which, in Middle Of Nowhere (from the forthcoming album) at least, tinctures of gothic-rock are blended with electro-indie and a splash of metal to generate a song with power and passion, while also accessibly lighter of touch.
The US ambient-bass project of Benjamin Ryan Williams – B.E.N or in long-form Bass Every Night released the LP My Girlfriend Ruined My Spotify Algorithm and Other Musical Poems on the 17th.
Don’t be fooled by the album title as B.E.N creates music which is purely instrumental bass, though stretching to poetic makes perfect sense as the roughly forty minutes, bakers dozen track, does have a poetic flow when encapsulated in one sitting, which is the best way to approach the release, which is more reminiscent of the movements of a symphony than a series of individual tracks.
You may have read ‘purely instrumental bass’, or possibly ‘ambient-bass’ as a genre definition and have fallen asleep thinking I must have finally lost the plot, how on earth does a bass guitar make for two thirds of an hour of music? Rest assured, as you will well know there is more to a bass guitar than four or five strings as is demonstrated in the synthesis of My Girlfriend Ruined My Spotify Algorithm and Other Musical Poems. Those of longer stay with the site will realise I always enjoy bass guitar and it is with some delight that I have been able to feature a musician who extrapolates the instrument to its more tender moments too.
The ninth track is When We Were Younger And Hadn’t Figured Out Our Anti-Depressants.
Nyxomniac, a darkwave project from the USA, will be playing the first live performance on the 1st of June at Mutiny Information Cafe in Denver.
There are a handful of tracks around, the most recent of which is Fire – a roughly four and a half minutes composition of drifting melancholia that casts dark clouds in to the room as the slowly unfolding combinations of electronica and guitar envelop the listener in their embrace, with a sparse vocal peering through the gloom.
Fire has a mesmerising beauty which pulls the listener back to listen again and I look forward to hearing more from Nyxomniac in short order.
The US folk project duck revealed the latest track sober yesterday.
sober, has an air of sadness floating through its veins as the acoustic lofidelity wash of softly disported sound quietly drifts out of the speakers.
The listener finds themselves simultaneously thinking of a familiarity of sound from ’60s festival-folk and the modern twists, which enables duck to create a soundscape that has a defined room of its own without ever needing, or attempting to break down any doors, rather calmly turn the handle.
Whilst sober has a melancholic bent, the audience is not wont to tears, rather, travelled to memories of times past.