Aurganic is Leo Pisaq (Synths / Keys / Programming / Guitars / Engineering) and Michael Kossov (Vocals / Guitars / Bass / Keys / Programming) an alt-electronica duo from Toronto in Canada.
This Monday as I am writing is for deep breathing exercises as for the second time, this is easy on the ear, as I am subsumed in the duck down ambience that is Aurganic. Whilst the music is restful on the brain that isn’t to suggest it is wallpaper paste as there is plenty of activity and creativity occurring to focus the thought processes. The combinations of voice, real instruments and synthetic sounds create pieces that have both an organic imprint and also an experimental edginess that works particularly well.
Having been around for a few years and known each other for even longer, the duo work well together, playing to each others abilities and generating something that is worth spending time with. Whilst predominately a duo, they also recognize that a third mind and set of fingers / vocal can add additional value and to their credit Aurganic are not afraid to add these dimensions where it makes sense and these interventions add a nice alteration in sound to the music.
Already with an LP behind them, the 2012 Life As a Canvas – Aurganic is available on iTunes*, a new release, the twelve track Deviations which comes out on 24th September 2013, identifies that Aurganic is proving an effective recording outfit. I can’t say this will sit on my must have everyday playlist, but the new release, which I have had the opportunity to hear is a superbly crafted and genuine body of work, most certainly worth adding to music collection.
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The Courtesans from London, England is Sinead La Bella (Light), Agnes Jones (Darkness), Saffire Sanchez (Rebel) and Victoria Brown (Temptation).
The Courtesans will be releasing their debut LP imminently with a single Genius to be released shortly beforehand. Once there is more available I will update you on this electro-burlesque quartet.
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Ajenda from Belfast in Northern Ireland is the rock band of Jen (Vocals), Gavin (Guitars), Peter (Drums) and Jan (Bass).
Ajenda image © Neil Mach
Ajenda gives a mellowed twist to Rock ‘n’ Roll with deftly played melodies that are allowed to swirl around the room like smoke before settling on the ears and underlying it is a well formulated framework which gives the music plenty of oomph.
A well defined vocal neatly balances the tracks giving the band a defined and distinctive sound as influences from Eastern European folk are interspersed in the music. There is a certain fascination to be had by listening to Ajenda. It is perhaps the fact that I am writing this on a Monday morning that it seems a little restful to my head. Come the end of the day I have little doubt this would slide down well with a relaxing drink.
With a debut LP – Unrecognizable – set for release on the 28th September and supporting tours away from Northern Ireland, I would expect the band to gain greater traction than has been so far achieved as the ten track release, which I have had the opportunity to hear, contains a well crafted set of songs that do justice to the band.
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Inbellum is the rock metal band from Van Nuys in the USA comprising Hector Ochoa (Vocals), Milton Quintanilla (Guitar), Jonathan Paschall (Drums) and Andres Rodriguez Vahos (Bass).
Tentaverunt me ad scribere totum review patria lingua Inbellum sicut et habent originem a paucis titulos quoque Latinum carmen, but I won’t as the powerhouse lies within the sounds scouring their way across the room, not in the Latin derivations.
Heavy Metal when played well can be a beautiful and calming space in which to lay and Inbellum take us to this space. A plethora of influences sit within this Honduran, Columbian, American combination and the influences of Southern America are interspersed with trips to the Caribbean lifting the music to a level which totally absorbs the listener. La voz cambia entre el Español y el inglés puede ser un poco irritante para algunos but that is the real strength of the band as they combine so much in a short space of time.
Music which challenges preconceptions is always a pleasure to find and I am only sorry it has taken me me two months to get round to writing the review as I float around the room on a sublime melting pot of percussion, vocal and guitar work that can’t help but attract attention from anyone who enjoys bands who challenge the norm to come up with something truly original, but equally accessible.
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Are You Still With Me? – Inbellum is available on iTunes*
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Despite the Scandinavian expectation by the spelling, Huunter, is a solo project by Luke Bourne from New York in The USA.
For the second time in a few days I find myself writing a review of a band who is releasing material on a track by track basis, on this occasion Huunter is releasing a nine track release over nine months.
With the profundity of the underlying Bass it will come as no surprise that I find this magnetic. Huunter is able to layer in a range of instruments to create the atmosphere of the sounds which billow around the room, echoing like long lost ghosts shackled in the neither-world, with a vocal that suits the mood.
Lloyd draws the listener into the music with an intoxicating mix of vocal and instrumental combinations which weave threads around ears keeping them finely tuned to the experiences on offer. There is no doubt this is creativity and exposition of the highest order.
Sadly I feel this is potentially all we will ever hear of Huunter as it has taken two years to complete the tracks and another nine months to get to hear them all. I am not sure if it is insecurity or just pursuit of perfection that leads to this drawn out process. My preference would be for Lloyd Bourne to let go a little and allow us to hear more of the creativity more frequently as the plugged in versions are sublime to the ears and I am not convinced that the acoustic versions which accompany each release add much, if any, value but then I never have been a fan of the remix and you may feel differently.
Which ever way it turns out, my thoughts, catch the music by Huunter while you can.
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