If like me you were thinking of wagering that last bottom dollar that by the spelling ‘well colourmusic can’t be from the USA’, you too would be left with empty pockets as the gothic-electronica quartet of Colin Fleishacker, Ryan Hendrix, Nicholas Ley and Nick Turner are from Stillwater, Oklahoma (USA). On the 4th of February 2019 they will be releasing the LP Swimsuit.
The album (which is available for fans directly from the band) has been prefaced by the reveal of Haunt Me – a mystical track of ambient swashes of electronica as the backdrop to a slowly rotating composition through which peers a ghostly vocal – setting the scene for the complete LP which reflects of a state of calmness and eroticism derived from an imminent cataclysmic and final apocalypse.
Mara Daniele, from Memphis (USA) now based in London (England), who performs as the cadent-folk musician Mara released the single Post Office in Portland today.
On occasion as a music reviewer I am hit by a gem and I just know this is a musician I want to follow their progress over many years – Mara is a case in point.
The quirky instrumentation, which gives Post Office In Portland an immediate anchoring in the ears is joined by a singular vocal that holds the mind transfixed in the rolling combinations of cadence and pitch and although aware there is a tale unfolding the listener feels themselves merging with the song and rather than focusing on any one thing becoming subsumed with the hypnotic effect of the composition and vainly wishing the track never concludes.
The first track to surface from the album – Abyssal Sky – fills the room with psychedelic washes of texturing that thread through the quiet cycles of electronica and hazy vocal, giving the piece a sense of being out on a calm sea drifting on a raft while basking in warming summer rays.
Hailing from Hamburg (Germany) – the melodic-metal quintet Blackdraft, consisting of Julia (Vocals), Karsten (Lead Guitar / Vocals), Tomek (Bass), Köbel (Drums) and Fabian (Rhythm Guitar), release the LP The Quest on the 14th of December.
Blackdraft – photo by Trashpilotin
The first track to surface from the album – Chapter 10: Fight (which was released as a stand alone single on the 2nd) – showcases their measured blend of melodic passages and furious fire, which enables Blackdraft to create music of dramatic shades and hues.
Even on recording it is discernible that Drunk Mums is a band to get to see live as the ten crumpled tracks on the album (available on bandcamp) come staggering in to the room borne on slurred guitar, which even after faffing around with multi-tracking and mastering can’t disguise the earthy, infectious, energy of the quartet.
The roughly thirty six minutes (over seven and a half minutes of which is contained in the closing song Ripper, with most songs reaching conclusion well within three minutes) LP merely asks the listener to clear space, turn up the volume and pogo to the blues-fused garage rock’n’roll.
My pick of the release being the third – Order From Chaos.