MAJJ – Burned Skin Will Heal – Audio

The French instrumental prog-rock quartet MAJJ release the LP Relapse on the 21st.

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MAJJ

A six track album (available on bandcamp) which is opened by Burned Skin Will Heal.

Burned Skin Will Heal is a track that minds of a blazing orange sunset setting behind distant hills, creating a vision of wide horizons and stark contrasts of light, dark and sharpened shapes. There is also something intangibly science-fiction about the track, vaguely referencing Jeff Wayne’s musical of H. G. WellsWar Of The Worlds.

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Plaines – From Silence – Audio

The New Zealand ambient-rock and visual arts collective, Plaines, released their eponymous LP on the 27th of August.

Plaines

Plaines

The softly brushed velvet textured album (available on bandcamp) which has a dreamy gauze through which the eight songs are filtered drifts slowly through the room settling gently on the ears.

Given the still waters which emerge from the speakers, it may be anticipated there is little happening under the surface, far from it, akin to a swan frantically paddling beneath the apparently effortlessly gliding body, so it is with Plaines who elegantly deliver what are complex underpinning sequences and structures.

The fifth song – From Silence would seem to be an appropriate track to introduce their work.

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Annabel Lee – Go Girl – Audio

The US alt-rocker Annabel Lee is finalising details for the release of the début LP Stay Sweet.

Annabel Lee - Photo by Jenny Thomas

Annabel Lee – Photo by Jenny Thomas

The first single to be released, which came out yesterday, Go Girl – showcases a musician with a deft skill at creating infectious songs.

A primordial percussion skin is the earthy metronomic core to the song through which a bluesy guitar twists and turns around an ambient synth creating multifarious texturing with the spotlight shining on a gritty, expressive and expansive vocal that delivers a condemning and contemptuous response to a world of gender stereotype.

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Go Girl – Single – Annabel Lee is available on iTunes.*

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HOAX – Moon Moon Baby – Single Review

The US nu-soul quintet HOAX revealed a new track yesterday.

HOAX

HOAX

Sometimes something sweet with a cup of coffee feels like the right thing to do and Moon Moon Baby, the new single by HOAX is an appropriate accompaniment as a soft slice of fudge on the side.

Not attempting to tear down the walls, HOAX, nonetheless introduce a sense of expanding and compressing open coils to a bedrock of soul to deliver music which, while sugary, is not cloying and although not something that will find its way to my everyday playlist, Moon Moon Baby is a satiation for moments when a sweet-tooth craving strikes.

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Moon Moon Baby – HOAX is available on iTunes.*

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