Godfrey-Turner Overdrive – also abbreviated to G.T.O. is an alt-rock quintet from Australia.
Due for official release on the 13th of November is the single Awake.
Some-what progressive / contemporary in nature, whilst the listener senses they probably need to straighten the clothes they do not feel the need to wear full evening dress to enjoy Awake as Godfrey-Turner Overdrive add a scuff to a style of rock that makes you feel older and wiser for having it in your collection.
The quintet layer the sounds with an extra topping of creamy guitar which gives the track its sophistication and underneath you will hear the more elemental rock on which the number is built that, for me, makes Awake a three minute journey worth taking more than once.
Godfrey-Turner Overdrive are a group of capable musicians who are able to balance the need for a connection with their audience, whilst not being afraid to ask them, in turn, to raise their game to meet the music.
The New Zealand ambient-drone quartet Sunken Seas released the LP Glass last month.
Sunken Seas – Glass – artwork
Mirage, the first of the nine tracks on the album is presented through voile as the signature haze of sound drifts into the room accompanied by a steady beat. As the track builds so does the activity dimly heard through frosted pane.
Sunken Seas are skilled purveyors of their music, as they manage to balance between keeping the material sufficiently out of sight-line to cause intrigue, whilst keeping the shadowed sounds ever present and focussing the attention to try to seek clarification.
Initially introduced in 2013 the US based rock band Bellusira released the LP The Healing earlier this month.
Bellusira – The Healing – artwork
Bands focus change over time and Bellusira is an evidential example. When first introduced, just prior to their début LP – Connection, they were still in their homeland of Australia with an alternative edginess to their material. A change of dynamic, geography and line-up finds the band more buffed, polished and focussed towards the mainstream of radio-metal, with considerable success I should add.
Black Seed, a perspicacious introspective commentary and the third of the eleven tracks on The Healing finds Bellusira providing with precision what is expected for a mass market appeal in an LP which I would expect to receive considerable commercial airplay and I wish them every success for the future in their new direction of travel.
Tree & Ray is an alt-synth quartet from Australia.
Tree & Ray
Their latest single Nebo, 2015 was released on the 20th. Be prepared to smile with wide grin as Tree & Ray deliver a track that contains a sparkly key, that has you reaching for a summer cocktail to get into the lightness of delivery, accompanied by a hefty dash of Tabasco.
The quartet do not try to confuse Nebo, 2015 (which is available on bandcamp) with complexity and the synthetic loops, rather than being an irritation, are set to centre stage as commentary. Aiming simply to nudge awake the consciousness in a discourse on the brevity of life and as such serves their purpose idiomatically.
A mere sixty four word phraseology is contained in the, running to four minute, track which revels in its repetitions. This continuum doesn’t find the listener jaded, rather enervated, as they extrapolate, as a sage, the conundrums of being alive. Subdued guitar and bass are given sufficient run out to capture attention as Tree & Ray skilfully negotiate from the anodyne to the perspicacious, with percussion hefting into earshot to give a hurry up and reminder that three score and ten is not all that long an existence.