Their ability to create music of current relevance without ever straying from their early influences of synth-rock when first starting out back in 1986 has served Fatal Casualties well over the years. The first track to appear from the forthcoming album – No Heaven – continues that heritage of theirs.
Each time Fatal Casualties disappear from view for a while, it is easy to contemplate that they may well be taking another two decade break as they did between 1991 and 2010, rather than busying themselves with writing and recording a new LP.
With only a couple of tracks to hear, perhaps that is good in some way, as I don’t have another clean handkerchief to hand to dab away the tear streaked eyes.
Wolves – the newest track – flutters the heart with its luscious combinations of keys, percussion, strings and expansive vocal in a just over three and five sixths of a minutes composition that wrest highs and lows of mood from the listener as it bobs around the room.
Whilst the underpinning of Wolves is of a sense worried timidity towards others, ultimately, there is a thought that rather than throwing barbs at all around – a reach of invitation can result in a healing of the silos of self-imagined fear.
The US trippy-rock duo The Soft Underground release the LP Morning World on the 27th of July.
The Soft Underground
A follow-up to the 2015 album Lost In Translation (available on bandcamp) Morning World, on the basis of the first of the eleven tracks on the album – Rachel – is set to be an equally Psilocybin moment in time and probably best heard with a pot of tea to hand whilst gazing at the purple dragons floating on the ceiling.
That rumble on hitting play – for those of become of more nervous disposition whilst staring glassy eyed – isn’t as I thought moles digging up the foundations and felt the need to investigate rather the delightful demeanour of Rachel bubbling out of the speakers.
The follow-up release to the 2016 LP The Space Tape (available on bandcamp) has, on the basis of the first track to surface from the album – Sticky Baby – a more relaxed and natural feeling. Perhaps borne from the initial reveal having an urgency of ideas to make a stamp, or that they have got to know each other better, as although still very much centred around David Cunningham, what was a live performance line-up has become an organic being with everyone chipping through ideas and shaping songs, it may even be something else, however, whatever it may be – it is, to me, a change for the better.
Two days of live track studio recordings certainly help to give the music an honesty which is palpable through the speakers and going by Sticky Baby, Dolphin Man Returns, will be an LP to add to the collection of ‘time to unwind and relax the mind’ playlist.