Band of the Month – September 2018 – Readers’ Choice

Whilst of very different musical styles both the Readers’ Choice for Band Of The Month for September and the Editors’ do have a commonality of continent and country – both from Australia…

Justin Franks – Band Of The Month September 2018

Justin Franks

… the Readers’ Choice – with only one track to hear – the acoustic-folk musician Justin Franks.

Heart Wants – Single – Franks is available on iTunes.*

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The Very Small – Bad Ship, Good Ship – Single Review

Unchanged in line-up since last featuring back in 2015, the US indie-rockers The Very Small, do however have a different sound in their latest track – Bad Ship, Good Ship.

The Very Small - Photo by Melissa Drake

The Very Small – Photo by Melissa Drake

The rich seam of deep texturing which has always been a feature of their music has cloaked itself with a more sadcore melancholia than music previously featured. Bad Ship, Good Ship, which was released earlier in the month, takes the listener to the Manchester (England) scene in the early ’80s.

The sweeping changes in pace, blurry edging of guitar with vocal lost in introspective contemplation delivers an approaching six minutes ever shifting soundscape in to which the listener becomes ever more immersed.

Bad Ship Good Ship – the Very Small is available on iTunes.*

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Band Of The Month – September 2018 – Editors’ Choice

The year heads in to its final quarter, which means there is still plenty of good music coming in 2018, however September is now closing and time for the Editors’ Choice for Band Of The Month.

The Fix Ups - Band Of The Month September 2018

The Fix Ups

From Australia, the sultry-synth of the trio – The Fix Ups.

Secrets is the second of the eight tracks on their eponymous LP which is available on bandcamp.

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Young Galaxy – Backwards Love – Audio

The Montreal (Canada) based dreamwave duo of Catherine McCandless and Stephen Ramsay performing as Young Galaxy released their swansong three track single Snow Leopard yesterday.

Young Galaxy

Young Galaxy

As though sculpted from sand the compositions have a scooped granular texture of finest detail, which the further removed from the speakers takes on ever softer ambient flow in to which the mind becomes bewitched.

The approximately eighteen minutes single is available on bandcamp with my pick of the release being, perhaps appropriately, the closing track – Backwards Love.

Although this is the end of the road after a dozen years, the duo do anticipate creating music together in the future, though of different guise and performance name, as well as exploring other opportunities separately.

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Aidan Maizels – San Graal – Single Review

Aidan Maizels is an experimental-rock creator from Melbourne (Australia).

Aidan Maizels - Photo by reub.

Aidan Maizels – Photo by reub.

The compositions throw, what is seemingly a random variety of, electronica, instrumentation, effects and loops in to the blender which are melded in to engaging threads of music.

The most recent track to surface (which is available on bandcamp), San Graal, fuses vocoder, synth, guitars and perhaps as an even more indicative nature to the intricacies and detail of the creations, three different recording locations, to deliver a song that has a science fantasy outer space trippiness to it, which scatters through the room in darting threads of addictive articulation, that finds the listener instinctively immediately hitting replay.

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