The synthwave quartet of Ellie Linden, Kim, Patrik and Didrik from Oslo in Norway who form the band Das Body will be releasing their eponymous EP on the 28th.
Das Body – photo by Hsiang Hsiang Wang
Soaked in ’80s synth influences Das Boot create music that has a drifting melancholia which weaves through tracks that reflect of both the upbeat spirit of their home town, while anchored in the lesser well perceived introspective air of a city with globally common issues of stark social divide.
The second of the four tracks on the EP, which is available on bandcamp is Know My Name.
The Norwegian scifidm creator Marius Mæland released the single Lucent Vortex on the 7th.
Only a couple of songs have been released, both, spectral brushes of electronica that have a mesmeric ebb and flow which bends the rhythm of the synapses and slows down, like a tranquillising dart, the passing of time.
Opening with the anticipatory measures of a symphonic orchestration Lucent Vortex gradually transforms in to a multi-dimensional spacious soundtrack of rotational instrumental and keyboard synthesis, a linear percussion and with the lithe electronica moulding itself in to the ever transitional shapes that affords the composition its immersive presence in a piece which doesn’t reach three and a quarter minutes, though carries the mind afar in its brief presence.
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Their music is always soaked in retrospective roots whilst of varied source material.
Wherever they are pointing their toes Samana Rising are able to deliver their own twist to the blend with the two deft guitars being able to switch seamlessly from echoing rhythm and blues through country-americana and on to brit-blues – the fulcrum of the most recent song – Dizzy which was released on the 10th – with the equally capable vocals bending from soul ballad to gutsy rock’n’roll and on to husky left-bank café Parisienne – yet never becoming misty eyed, nor ever loosing the audience along the way.
The Germany based, Norwegian, etherealwave project centred around Tuva Hellum Marschhäuser who performs as Tuvaband released the single Wolfpack on the 13th.
Tuvaband – Photo by Stefan Roehrich
Originally formed as a duo Wolfpack is the first song to be revealed that reflects of the new Tuvaband reconfiguration.
Rather than layering the song with antonyms of sound the track has a mellowed flow of synonyms that melt one in to the other creating just over four and a half minutes of dreamy ambient harmonised electronica that wraps softly around the spectral voice and leaves the listener becalmed from the daily travails of life.
Continuing to secure gigs across Europe forthcoming appearances in Iceland and Germany can only enhance the reach of a more than capable musician.