Travel is a track wrapped in more generous electronics than material previously featured and with the two contrasting voices Russo & Weinberg are able to provide the listener with a rich seam of sound in which to lay, relaxed and comforted, nestled from the world around.
Mentioned in the previous article was their début LP, at the time in progress, Stay has now been released and is available on bandcamp. Travel is the second of the nine tracks.
It is a year and a bit since the Indian indie-rock quintet Yesterdrive were introduced.
The latest track Dread – by Yesterdrive finds them in the anticipated springing footstep as the two tightly strung damped six string guitars pirouette around each other, enhanced by the electronic gadgetry and accompanied by a stretched larynx, are counter balanced by the bass and percussion leaving the listener with nothing to do other than dance around in joyful unison as the pitches meld with easy touch.
Yesterdrive, do not seek to threaten the audience with mendacious soliloquy, rather tempt with sugar coating, at this, they are deft exponents. The just under five minute Dread has taken far longer to write about than it lasts, due completely to joining in with footsteps around the office ending breathlessly at the keyboard.
Due for release on the 30th is the single 脳ミソくれ (Eat Your Brains), in advance of an LP still being finalised – a visceral take on the mass marketing of ideas which become easily accepted lifestyle choices.
Set to a dystopian soundtrack Kuts De Coyote provides a track that reflects of the message being conveyed with an easy to follow electronic beat that disappears into nothing, like water running down a plug-hole, with the ripples of discontent around the edges, which themselves become caught in the flow of easy digestion, whilst a warning bass seeks to form a barrier to stop the nothingness. The vocal becomes ever more insistent before it too disappears into the gloop.
BOPEK is an experimental-rock quartet from the Philippines.
With only a couple of tracks to hear, the latest by BOPEK – Paraiso came to light within the past twenty-four hours.
The opening of drum roll and vocal is merely a screen for the complex experimentalism of the five and a half minutes of Paraiso. Elements of dampened maths-jazz strings are blended with extensively delayed and reverbed guitar as BOPEK gradually unfurl their ideas, which are not designed to make life easy, though they do provide a helping hand to bring the listener along with them.
There can be little doubt Paraiso is a Marmite track as you will either be enthralled by the developing sound-scape, which I am, or recoil in abject despair. Either way you will be left dumbstruck. As regular readers will know, I am a Marmite fan else I wouldn’t have asked you to spend the time to consider BOPEK – for those not in the UK – a search will explain the obscure reference to Marmite and polar opposite reactions, so – I pass my thanks to Anna for dropping me the introduction.