I Ya Toyah – Glass Eyes – Audio

The Chicago (USA) based industrial-IDM project of Ania Tarnowska – performing as I Ya Toyah – releases the LP Code Blue on the 26th.

I Ya Toyah

I Ya Toyah

A roughly thirty eight minutes, ten track, album of darkly oppressive music that slams through the speakers in powerful waves, that wraps around the listener like drying wet leather bonds. Glitchy electronica and pulsing pressurised synthesised guitar create the dark presence through which looms a soaring and aloof vocal that affords the compositions their dramatic dynamics.

An LP well worth catching on its release – Glass Eyes, the antepenultimate track, was released as a standalone single on the 28th of September and is available on bandcamp.

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BLIGH – Mrs. Jones – Single Review

BLIGH, an alt-rock band from Gold Coast (Australia), is the quintet of James Martin (Bass), Luc Saint Clair (Guitar), Jaidyns Blayde (Drums), Zahra Whyte (Keys) and Elliott Baylis (Vocals) who released the single Mrs. Jones on the 27th of September.

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BLIGH

Their smartly constructed compositions often emerge as dramatic vignettes. Mrs. Jones continues in that vein with a swing-blues one act murder mystery which displays, in full glory, their ability to create songs which disport not only musical dexterity and arrangement but also clever lyrical construct, yet can equally deliver to the audience music that is easy to engage.

A couple of years in to their journey, Mrs. Jones will, with fortune, exponentially expand the BLIGH audience.

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Niights – So Into You – Audio

The Ohio (USA) gazerock quartet of Francesco Maraldo ( Guitar / Vocal), Jenna Lorine (Vocal / Guitar), Jake Chandler (Bass / Keys) and Jeremy Dodge (Percussion / Keys) known as Niights are working towards the release of the LP Hellebores.

Niights

Niights

Released as a standalone single on the 28th of September, So Into You, slips in to the room on a fragile vocal, prior to gathering itself together and driving in to the ears in cascading instrumentation and electronica which is hazed in bleeding reverb and echo.

The quartet are able to measure doses of powerful rock with crystalline delicacy to create a song which is marked by its fluidity of changing mood… the fragility of voice that opens So In To You – don’t be fooled as this merely conceals, akin to the Trojan horse,  the imposing presence to follow.

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Layer Cake – Keep Me Awake – Audio

The Australian indie-dance quartet Layer Cake are currently finalising details for their début and eponymous EP, currently planned for release early next year.

Layer Cake

Layer Cake

The one and only track which is around Keep Me Awake has the listener searching the shoe-cupboard for a pair of black and white wingtips to join in with the retro-dance-steps, while grinning from ear to ear lost in the fuzzy guitar and infectious melodies.

I look forward to hearing more in short order.

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Mythic Sunship – Backyard Ritual (feat. Jonas Munk) – Audio

On the 5th the Copenhagen (Denmark) psychedelic quartet Emil Thorenfeldt, Frederik Denning, Kasper Andersen and Rasmus Christensen known as Mythic Sunship release the LP – Another Shape of Psychedelic Music.

Mythic Sunship

Mythic Sunship

An hour and a quarter of expanded hallucinogenic meanderings warp their way through the six track album (available via El Paraiso Records), an LP which does demand plenty of time to be able fully and usefully contemplate prior to going anywhere near the play button.

The compositions thread experimentalism with stacked layers of texturing to create an engrossing ambient journey of sound in to which the audience is invited to allow themselves to explore, in free-form, underused elements of the imagination.

The second track is Backyard Ritual – those who know the band will be struck, immediately, by the infusion of saxophone which enables Mythic Sunship to take their compositions in to even greater reaches than previous material.

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