Loop – 42 – Audio

The Filipino alt-indie quartet Loop released the LP Reality and Dreams on the 28th of January.

Loop

Loop

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.

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BOPEK – Dalawa – Audio

The alt-rock band BOPEK, from The Philippines, were in the New Year Ninety.

BOPEK - Dalawa

BOPEK

Having recently lost their drummer – the track Dalawa, which surfaced within the past few hours, necessarily has a different gradient to the sound.

The combinations of guitars thread through the room in angular shards from which the distinctive vocal of Phoebe emotes a lyric of the lamentation of separation.

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BOPEK – HNNP – Audio

The Filipino experimental-rock quartet BOPEK were introduced last year.

BOPEK - HNNP

BOPEK

A couple of new tracks have surfaced within the past few hours, so it will be interesting to see if there are plans for a full release.

HNNP has a slightly jazz-maths feel to it, which is tempered by a synthetic cleansing cycle that spins through the track in ever faster progression, giving it rounded shoulders of sound.

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The Geeks – It’s Time To Go – Audio

The Filipino alt-indie band The Geeks are planning to  release the two track single The Double-Sided Sophomore Slump later this year.

The Geeks - It's Time To Go

The Geeks




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 SlumpIt’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.

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Taken By Cars – Crows – Video

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

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.

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