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 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.
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.
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.
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.