The Irish slacker project Moogle revealed the track Silver Lines on the 11th.
Stretching the elasticity of bars to almost breaking point the song rumbles through the room on a warped turntable that gives Silver Lines the feeling of time slowing and catching up with itself, as though running on two different speeds, in a fine rendition of slacker rock.
I was late to catch the note introducing the début track, which came out in June – All My Friends – which has been surpassed with Silver Lines, though both indicative that Moogle is a project to keep an ear out for in the future with fingers crossed that an LP will be on its way in short order as the slowly rotating compositions would be best enjoyed in an extended session. In the interim, if anywhere near, you may well come across Moogle busking in Dublin.
The Irish emo duo President Of What? released the LP And What If After I’m Gone None of It Matters? on the 20th.
President Of What?
Frequently featured since their introduction in January of last year, in common with the disparate nature of the music in those articles, the fourteen tracks on the album (which is available on bandcamp) are also of differing tempo, instrumentation and atmosphere – held together by a commonality of taking a jaundiced glance at what are perceived as social and inter-relational norms from a different angle and thereby casting a very different light.
The compelling sadcore melodies pall brooding shadows through the room in the approximately sixteen minutes release (available on bandcamp) which hold the audience in ethereal embrace.
The flow of violin and electronica enables the music to inflect the haunting beauty of the omnipresent melancholia which is filtered through the harmonies of voice. The softened guitars layer the changing shapes of sound while the subdued percussion and bass form an unobtrusive though firm framework for the compositions.
The Irish alternative rock quartet The Kerbs released the single Creep today.
Formed less than a year ago The Kerbs have left the starting blocks at a fair old pace and thus far have managed to reveal two previous singles as well as start to establish a live performance circuit, with plans for a five track EP later in the year. Having had the opportunity to wander through the three songs I am looking forward to hearing much more from these able musicians and recommend adding them to your playlist.
Creep has a sultry South American dance rhythm that melts into the heart of the listener while the combinations of the two six string guitars, one semi-acoustic the other electric, form a mesmeric romantic layering as the bass pops in and out of focus akin to a lighthouse beam whilst a rich vocal lays the room with a luxurious thick carpet in which to sink the toes and although the composition and narrative is of vulnerability after rejection – the audience is left feeling far from rejected, rather brimming with the self-confidence and bathed in the warm glow of a flirtatious glance.
This is yet another article I have managed to reach very late having been alerted to the release of the LP Empty Orchestra, which came out the week before last on bandcamp, last month, therefore once again my apologies to everyone.
A ten track album of sorrowful melodies which drift through the room in captivating washes of intricate fretwork in contrasting paced threads which seem to slide like slate slabs as the guitar takes a measure of different timing to percussion and bass affording the songs a feeling of constant motion and the slowing of time.
My pick of the release is the third – Nothing Left To Lose.