The Greek synth-rock band Mechanimal are to release the LP Delta Pi Delta on the 4th of January 2016.
Mechanimal – Delta Pi Delta – vinyl
With a marked change in style compared to tracks featured since their introduction in 2013, Mechanimal have taken their focus from the chaos of Greek politics to look outside the city of Athens and with the altered line-up of Eleni Tzavara (Vocals), Tassos Nikogiannis (Guitars), Kostas Matiatos (Guitars), Giannis Papaioannou (Electronics / Beats) and Angelica Vrettou (Visuals) the focus has shifted to relationships with nature.
Radio On – the fifth of the ten tracks on Delta Pi Delta (available either as a digital or vinyl album on bandcamp) is reflective of this change of direction as the mood takes a more ethereal reflection and the dystopian electronics are replaced with a less pressurised dreaminess as guitars explore sounds of outer-space with the vocal, nymph-like, expressing description of the surround.
That isn’t to say Mechanimal have become less sorrowful, as there is an underpinning of a sense of commentating on imbalance and a considered introspection, which gives the music a resonance that those who have followed their journey over the years will recognize thereby ensuring the transition is not a cliff-edge leap rather a smooth gear-change.
The Greek alt-rock sextet Echo Train released the LP Memento Mori at the end of last month.
With the variety of instruments to had Echo Train are able to wrap tracks in various hues.
Things You Cannot See, the eighth of the eleven tracks is of more urgent tempo than much else on the album as they introduce orchestral elements to the just under five minute piece that scrubs up traditional folk in a refreshing flow of sound.
From the LP Quasiland, which was released earlier this year, the penultimate of the ten tracks Pelorian was recently captured in live performance.
Pelorian winds its way around the room in a series of chapters with flexibility in tempo giving the track the space and time to develop its variety of textures as instruments drop in and out of the piece keeping the listener wondering of the next angle of travel.
The Greek ambient-rock project Papercut released the LP Pockets Of Silence last month.
Papercut – Pockets Of Silence – artwork
Not to be confused with the alt-indie US band Papercuts who were introduced back in 2009 – Papercut utilise both both electronic and acoustic instruments to create their spacious textures.
On the thirteen track album a variety of musicians feature in various numbers – Not The End – the eleventh is accompanied by Kid Moxie.
The just over three an a half minute track drifts into the room as though carried on pillows of clouds with the music spilling over across the ears wrapping the listener in a dreamy bath of relaxing instrumentation and electronica with circling vocal akin to a celestial being gliding into focus.
With the repertoire of instrumentation available to The Blue Side Band they are able to stretch their material across a wide canvass.
I Am finds the quartet in a particularly melancholic mood and the unfussy percussion / double bass combination sets the atmosphere for the track, to which delightfully echoed guitar notes ring out as though surfacing through the mist. The almost unheard acoustic guitar resides with the vocal giving the voice a deeper resonance and richness.
Delivered at lower registers and steady pace I Am is track overflowing with a dark cloak in which the listener can thrill to the menace.