Niights – Trail of Blood – Audio

The US gazerock quartet Niights released the LP Hellebores, Pt. I on the 4th.

Niights - Trail of Blood
Niights

The six track album is a wash of luscious textures that float across the room in a hazy voile of dreamy spires warmed by melted guitar, expanded keys and hypnotic vocal.

Trail of Blood is the fourth song.

Hellebores, Pt. I – EP – Niights is available on iTunes.*

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Antonioni – Stutter-Step – Audio

The quartet of Sarah Pasillas (Guitar / Vocals / Keys), Kyle Todaro (Drums), Austin Dean (Guitar / Vocals) and Ben Dorcy (Bass), from Seattle (USA) who form the alt-rock band Antonioni release the EP The Odds Were All Beating Me on the 10th.

Antonioni
Antonioni

Antonioni continually shuffle the pack to create tracks of very different atmosphere on the EP (which is available on bandcamp).

Sometimes the keys are given spotlight giving compositions an ethereal nature, other times the guitar leads the way generating songs of more corporeal texture.

Stutter-Step, the most recent song to be revealed and the closer on the EP is an animated two step track which chivvies the audience out on the dance-floor.

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Ben deHoedt – The River Will Flow Again – Audio

On the 1st the tripped-out folk creator Ben deHoedt from Melbourne (Australia) released the LP The Gentle Northern Wind.

Ben deHoedt
Ben deHoedt

An eleven track album (available on bandcamp) of voluminous progressive psychedelia filtered through the lens of acoustic guitar and hazy vocal leaving the audience with a sense of both timelessness and weightlessness and it takes the mind some little while to readjust to normality after ingesting the approximately fifty one minutes run time of The Gentle Northern Wind.

The River Will Flow Again is the third track.

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Shoals – FSC – Audio

The electro-hush duo of Utkarsh Varma and Sidharth Gupta from New Delhi (India) release their début LP Sour Ink on the 11th.

Shoals - photo credit - Ish Raheja
Shoals – photo credit – Ish Raheja

A ten track album of dreamy spires of electronica and brushed vocal which glides through the room as though slates in the Dinorwic quarry as the music filters through the speakers.

The duo are able to create music of intensity as well as flighted composition in to which the listener becomes subsumed by the entrancing, enveloping loops of the gentle washes of the soundscape.

FSC is the third track.

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Polar Bodies

On the 1st the quintet of Anson Wind (vocals), Karsten Gulsrud (Guitar), Alec Kocjancic (Guitar), Kyle Nakaji (Bass) and Miles Dixon (Drums) from Longmont (USA) who form the garage rock band Polar Bodies released their début LP Garage Sessions.

Polar Bodies
Polar Bodies

On occasion you just know you have fallen in to a group of musicians, even in their early stages, who have far to go and long legs in their career and Polar Bodies are just a case in point.

The six track album (available on bandcamp) is eighteen minutes of music that immediately has the listener looking to book tickets to fly out and see them in live performance – those in Colorado are better placed than most of us.

Scrabbling from the speakers is an unpretentious roll of sound that fires through the room in sparks of self-contained enthusiastic energy.

My pick of the release is the second song – and appropriately named Getting To Know You.

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