It was back at the tail end of 2015 that the Croatian rock band Media Stres last featured.
Having spent time developing their live presence it is good to discover Media Stres have found time to record new material.
Previously a trio now a quartet with the addition of Arian Peharda adding a second guitar, Media Stres have been able to create a richer sound as is evidenced in their most recent track, Pi, which was released on the 14th.
The Croatian alt-rock trio The Moose Rush release the LP Don’t Pick Your Noise later in the year.
Them Moose Rush
From the forthcoming album – Radio Violence – is a less angular sound than much of their material previously featured with a growling backbone that rails against the propagandised normalisation of oppression through mind-numbing mundanity.
The Croatian synth-weave project Someday I Will Miss You has featured regularly over the past approaching three years.
Someday I Will Miss You
The latest track to surface – Nine Days – which was revealed earlier in the month is the lightest of texture thus far to appear, yet, rather running away in afeared countenance Someday I Will Miss You is able entice the listener back and unveil a track that becomes ever darker in temperament as it progresses through the just over four minutes construct.
As the crystal glass shatters across the room, so the refracted colour spectrum shines through the visual field and underplayed malcontent comes to the fore, resulting in the listener being encased in cloths of many colours in which they are invited to rest upon a throne to contemplate the soundtrack.
Well ripped muscle-tone confidently strides in to the room as Mind Zoo combine a soupçon of metal with grumbling rock, which they wield with a controlled pose as the two guitars steer the sound across broad landscapes whilst simultaneously being tightly tethered by precision drumming and throbbing bass, through which a more than capable vocal is able to flex between sweeping breaths and growling larynx.
With only three songs that I have been able to hear, which came in the form of the triple track single Temple Of The Heart (available on bandcamp), Mind Zoo are a band I look forward to hearing more of in short order.
Identitet is the melancholic-weave project of Marin Milardović from Croatia.
It is rarely that a natural bass vocalist raises their head in the world of independent music. When they do, it is something that is to be cherished and in his LP I which came out earlier on in the month Marin uses his voice wisely; as it cloaks the room in resonating vibrations which echo from wall to wall, surrounding the brooding undertow of instrumentation. Whilst instrumentation is far from being incidental as it provides the context, it does seem a distant secondary focus for the listener.
Not material to listen to on an MP3 playback device as the granularity and delicacy of the compositions are lost in audio compression.
From the album (available on bandcamp), by way of an introduction to a vocalist and musician of highest order – Better Than Me.
Once again, the project is so new, I am unable to offer a website or social media page link to discover more.