Mai Miyako – Show Me – Audio

On the 1st the Danish hazewave project Mai Miyako released the EP Second Release.

Mai Miyako

Mai Miyako

The four tracks on Second Release are themed around relationship emotions of love, jealously, insecurity and anger giving the EP something of an introspective melancholia.

Songs are pinned around differing instrumentation, which enhances the mood, with piano, synth and guitar variously taking primacy, my pick of the release being the penultimate and merseybeat influenced –  Show Me – which collapses in to its own insecurities in conclusion.

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Okapi – Quarantine – Audio

The US gothic-chamber duo Okapi release the LP Carousel (Part I) on the 1st of November.

Okapi

Okapi

Three powerful instruments allow Okapi to deliver in Carousel (Part I) (available on bandcamp) roughly forty three minutes of far reaching compositions within the eight tracks. A double bass is strummed, plucked, slapped and knuckled to create solidity of supporting infrastructure while the mesmerising tones of the bowed and fingered cello create intricate filigrees to adorn the architecture while the third – an expansive vocal travels along the design work bridging, skipping and tying the ornamentation to the structures.

Okapi create music which necessarily has an experimental nature, therefore cast aside all thoughts of linear structures prior to hitting play and entrust the musicians – Scott Mitchell Gorski (Double Bass / Vocal) and Lindsey Paige Miller (Cello) to create music that will free your mind from self-constraint.

At this point in time I am unable to share with you my pick of the release, the fifth, Bundle’s Bolero – however the second track, which I am, Quarantine – is a more than adequate substitution.

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The Fix Ups – Do What – Audio

The Australian discoflirt outfit The Fix Ups released their eponymous LP on the 31st of August.

The Fix Ups

The Fix Ups

Crooking a nail-tip between the lips The Fix Ups teasingly tempt the listener in to the roughly thirty one minutes, eight track, red-lit basement dancefloor of the album (available on bandcamp).

Unlike a clip-joint selling warm carbonated watered-down white wine served with more menace than charm, the band extend a welcome to one and all making for a sultry evening best enjoyed in company.

The closing song, Do What, with its ragga beat, inevitably being my pick of the release.

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Rosser – Rabbit’s Foot – Audio

The US electro-rock quintet Rosser have a couple of singles coming up for release before the end of the month.

Rosser - Rabbit's Foot

Rosser

On the 14th Clear Sky will be released – a shimmering echoing guitar fronts the song giving the piece something of a mirage effect that glistens from afar.

My selection from the two – Rabbit’s Foot, which comes out tomorrow, is a compacted energetic number, that minds of the clipped delivery of Talking Heads.

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The Fur. – Short Stay – Audio

The Taiwanese synthwave quartet The Fur. release the LP Town on the 30th.

The Fur.

The Fur.

The first song of the eight to be revealed from the album, Short Stay (available on bandcamp), shimmers through the room minding of light refracting through a slowly rotating crystal as the luxurious layering of the music mesmerises the mind.

The preamble of the duo of guitars affords the song a shoegaze inflection prior to the synth and vocal bestowing Short Stay with its softened down feathers and although lasting less than four minutes the listener remains with slowed heart rate for some considerable time, foretelling of an LP to gently cradle on its release.

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