The Japanese celtic-folk band Harmonica Creams release the LP Stereotype on the 28th of March.
The first song to surface is the second of the ten on the album – Thirtyy Ears – an instrumental number which showcases their always intriguing blend of celtic-folk with influences from both Southern-blues and the more local traditions to deliver music which is a superlative fusion and east and west.
The USA and Japan split softwave duo Caramel Ship release the LP Marjoram on the 10th.
There is a graceful turn of mood which filters in to the room on hitting play to the eleven track album (available on bandcamp) as the gentle brushes of drum loops flow in slightly different revolution to the underlying electronica giving the output a slightly glitch feel while the measured vocals deftly wield a silk sheen to the compositions affording the songs a rumpled massage in which the listener wants to scrub their spinal column whilst exhaling in pleasured breath.
The Filipino alt-indie quartet Loop released the LP Reality and Dreams on the 28th of January.
A ten track album (available on bandcamp) which travels broadly with some material being founded in mathematical-rock, in soul and pitching in to indie-rock, yet all brushed with a distinctive style and delivery that forms a cohesive gel coating the disparity of the journey.
My selection of the release being the fifth track – 42.
Женя Куковеров (Zhenya Kukoverov) is a Russian trippy-lofi project.
Женя Куковеров – (Zhenya Kukoverov)
The latest LP to be released – Тайный Оптимист (Secret Optimist) – available on bandcamp – is a fourteen track, roughly one hour and four minutes, journey in which the audience senses they themselves are in danger of becoming the Mad Hatter.
While individual songs, typically running to over four minutes each, are not individually overladen with psychotropics it is the accumulation of the collection of quiet hallucinogen which leaves the mind forming its own fantastical parallel existence.