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.
The Filipino alt-indie band The Geeks are planning to release the two track single The Double-Sided Sophomore Slump later this year.
Word also arrives that there are a number of new songs currently being recorded, so it is possible to speculate there may well be a fuller release during the course of the year.
The B side of The Double-Sided Sophomore Slump – It’s Time To Go has surfaced as an interim step to more news. The just under three minute track has a more sludgy feel than material previously featured as The Geeks occlude the previously clear waters with an unexpected flatness of tone. Giving the song a feel of garage rock at its most unfinished as it wends its way in to the room in sticky lumps of clay that has the listener jumping in, like a hippopotamus enjoying a mud bath, and revelling in the squelch.
I look forward to hearing more of their new material to ascertain whether this is a new direction of travel, or a delightful one-off foray into quicksand.
There must be a reason I haven’t yet featured the electro-gaze quintet Taken By Cars from the Philippines – but I have no idea what of why.
Taken By Cars
A live version of an as yet unreleased track – Crows explains precisely my amazement at my own remiss and apologies to everyone that it has taken me eight years to get to a band you needed to know of a long time ago.