With an extensive back-catalogue, after a break of a few years, they have recently started to reveal new material and a welcome return it is too. Rumours exist that they may well be releasing an LP later in the year, on which this would be the title track.
The wry lyrical humour is matched by a tap along soundtrack without ever veering in to the kitsch as they balance the light-hearted with the ability to put together songs that capture the attention of the audience.
By way of an introduction – Try Not To Think About It.
The Irish rock band The Grey Merchant release the single Convenience on the 31st.
The Grey Merchant
For those who are fans of heavy-metal the chord structures and vocal technique in Convenience will immediately remind of one specific band, however, rather than sounding like a pale imitation of Motörhead, The Grey Merchant are able to carve out their own space as they relax the pace.
Convenience (available on bandcamp) is a margin of over a three minute track that is able to compress and expand the pressure waves giving the piece an undulating organic flow in which the listener immerses themselves in joyful thrashing of the neck and already looking forward to the next release.
The Irish downtempo producer New Jackson releases the LP From Night To Night on the 12th Of May.
New Jackson – Photo credit – Dorje de Burgh
Originally released as the title of a three track Single earlier this month and will be the eighth of the eleven on From Night To Night, which is coming out on the 12th of May (both available on bandcamp) – Anya’s Piano is a downtempo number with a ghostly feel that haunts the mind after the notes have faded away.
Less than a handful of tracks are around, each with slightly different structure, what holds the ideas together is the absorbing vocal which spirals around the room in far reaching range of octaves that cement the listener on the spot. Bad Seas are not aiming to create music of complexity rather provide sympathetic backstage lighting to spotlight the absorbing voice.
The most recent track to surface being – Over My Head.
The Irish electro-glitch nonet Tongue Bundle will be releasing the LP Peppery Talk on the 4th of March.
Those familiar with their music will find Peppery Talk something of a discombobulation as Tongue Bundle step in to the world of electronica, though will quickly reorientate as – although the brass wind has been subsumed in to sequencers – they still remain as a distorted reference and there is a familiarity of angular experimentalism which they will well know.
The ten track, roughly twenty seven minute, release is full of fizzing pops and exploding shards of crystal which take no prisoners as they irreverently spark across the eardrums as though a firework display gone out of synchronisation with random flashes lighting up the night-sky.
Peppery Talk is an album to put on to repeat loop as each play-through will take the listener by surprise at what they missed last time round.
My selection is the antepenultimate No Plans Bastard.