Yew – Sacramento – Audio

The Belgian art-rock band Yew will be releasing the LP Bam Bam Bam on the 16th of March 2018.

Yew

Yew

The first song to surface from the album – Sacramento – which itself was released as a stand alone single, available on bandcamp, on the 15th – is a quiet blend of their origination of folk conjoined with arithmetical angles to deliver a just under four minutes reveal in which the listener becomes completely absorbed.

A plethora of strummed, picked and bowed instrumentation, muffled drum and hypnotic vocal are never overplayed with, akin to an orchestra, each musical interlocutor combining to create a greater sum than the individual elements.

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Willemsson – What If – Audio

Willemsson is a Belgian indie-dance project.

Willemsson

Willemsson

Finalising details for the release of an LP early in 2018, the first track to surface is What If.

Having taken a listen through the back catalogue which stretches back to the last decade, one particularly notice of difference is that previous material, which has typically drawn on and been reflective of early training in classical piano with emphasis on dramatic chord structures, What If – is of smoother flow and greater emphasis on beats. Whilst the texturing in the track attests of a musician able to compose complex material in this instance it is used to emphasise the percussion and bass rather than the dynamics of the song.

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OPMOC – Leaving – Audio

The Belgian jazz-fusion sextet OPMOC released their eponymous LP on the 9th.

OPMOC

OPMOC

Pulling in a vast array of influences each track offers a new idea, from trad-jazz, through funkadelia, to bluesy yet never straying in to incomprehensibility as – although tracks can be lengthy, as is the case of my selection from the release (available on bandcamp) the seventh of the eleven Leaving, the only purely instrumental track on the album – there is a sense of direction of travel.

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Hitherside – Honeydripper – Audio

The Belgium based rock outfit Hitherside recently revealed their latest single.

Hitherside - Honeydripper

Hitherside

Always steeped in an atmospheric vocal Honeydripper is of similar vein with the sultry voice wrapping the listener in silken threads, while the pulsing percussion and bass tightens the bonds with guitar free to soar through the room in unbound glittering refrain allowing Hitherside to deliver a track of multiple layering and texture with an acerbic lyric reflecting on the reality of the ever growing global tendency of predatory behaviour.

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Smashing Birds – Time – Audio

Smashing Birds is an indie-synth band from Belgium.

Smashing Birds

Smashing Birds

Whilst being light on texture the synths allow Smashing Birds to add layering to their output making the material ideally suited to a quiet evening gathering with friends to which the compositions add a pleasing ambience.

Not seeking to challenge the tensor tympani Smashing Birds are an outfit, nonetheless, to get to know as they are articulate and skilled musicians adept at what they do adding much to the world of music and I wish them every success.

By way of an introduction the track Time from the EP No More Revolutions, which is available on bandcamp.

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