The quintet of George Nikas (Vocals / Guitar), Stefanos Mitsis (Guitar), Alex Bolpasis (Bass), Vangelis Mitsis (Keys) and Dimitris Doumouliakas (Drums) from Athens (Greece) who form the dark-psychedelia band Holy Monitor released the LP II on the 12th.
The seven track, approximately thirty seven minutes, album (available on bandcamp), fills the room with thundery clouds of motorik beat which they are able to bend away from the angularity of pace with the bleeding electronica to create music that even given its dour shadowing finds the audience laying in supine relaxing comfort gazing with glassy eyes at indistinct shapes on the ceiling as the tracks weave their mysterious journey through the mind.
After a six year break since the release of the LP Marla’s Song the ethereal-wave duo Loo & Monetti, from Marseille (France), are set to release the LP Broken Inside on the 1st of February 2019.
Loo & Monetti
The first track to surface from the album is No More, which was released as a standalone single on the 12th.
A song that melts into the listener with its creamy texturing of keys, cinematographic electronica and evocative vocal as the duo deliver a completely absorbing sultry melody that attests to an LP to immediately add to the collection on its release.
It has been a couple of years since the electro-rock outfit The Rumble Skulls from England last featured, which is more due to my inept administration than lack of new material.
The Rumble Skulls – Why You Are -artwork
The latest track to surface, Why You Are, that appeared on the 15th, again displays the free movement of the music with the roving combinations of effects and rocky guitar painting a landscape of intricate weaves, rounded by an unexpectedly expansive vocal that brightens the day for its presence and offers a moment in which to rest the barbs of the day.
Rumour also has it that an LP is waiting in the wings for release later in the year, which I look forward to hearing.
The French synthwave duo Slogan are no strangers to the site.
Slogan – photo by Anne-Laure Etienne
Their latest EP Hypercentre , released last week, takes them in to slightly different waters with the compositions being less secluded, which allows the voices to take greater spotlight and hence less sultry in countenance.
The first of the four tracks on the EP – Allegra – showcases the lighter texturing, which conversely, has a deeper resonance of beat and a tempo in to which the pulse of the audience syncopates.
The ten track album (available on bandcamp) has an underlying whirr that sounds like a variomatic gearbox with slipping belts as the leisurely pacing of guitars expand and contract as if half a bar behind the beat, giving the music an alluring temperament of melancholic and vaguely tripped out mood in to which the listener gratefully settles with the soft down of the compositions.