The Norwegian alt-folk creator releases the LP Skinhorse Playground on the 6th of October.
The first of the nine tracks to surface from the album – America – drifts calmly through the room as though borne on thermals as the combinations of piano and guitar ease in to the ears with an active drum-kit affording a gentle turbulence through which the engrossing vocal focuses attention.
The Norwegian indie-rock quartet Sløtface release the LP Try Not To Freak Out on the 15th of September.
Sløtface – Try Not To Freak Out – artwork
Wrapping around the acerbic vocal, that rails against patriarchy, on the eighth of the eleven tracks on the album, Nancy Drew is a blistering bass led song that rattles through the room in fiery drum-kit and finger bleeding guitar that has the listener captivated from the off.
The Norway based dark-rock project Sofi Lofi released the LP Nuits de Gala earlier in the month.
Sofi Lofi – Mette Sofie
My apologies to everyone for getting to this late as this has been with me for a few weeks now.
Sofi Lofi more normally perform as a full line up – Nuits de Gala (available on bandcamp) is a solo release by Mette Sofie.
An intense brooding presence that extends for almost thirty five minutes of unrelenting menace through the ten songs, however, the listener is unwilling to take a break from the pressurising waves of ambient darkness. The album is given greater stature by the minimal post-production that allows the tracks to highlight their raw organic oppressive presence. My selection of the album is the fifth song – Restless Sun Breaks The Day.
Word also arrives that the full band are currently breaking some ground towards another LP, I will keep you updated as I am able.
The Norwegian shoegaze outfit The Age Of Colored Lizards released the EP Another Day on the 29th of March.
The Age Of Colored Lizards
Allow yourself plenty of time to recover after hitting play as, although the four track release (available on bandcamp) last for only roughly a quarter of an hour, its hypnotic blurriness keeps brain in neutral for far longer.
Akin to watching clouds slowly drift on a summers day the gauzed reverberating guitars and voices are in a continual, yet gradual, reforming of shapes and layers as The Age Of Colored Lizards hold back the ticking of the clock.
My selection from Another Day is the closer – Stars Are Falling.
A dystopian industrial darkness settles in to the room as the title track Rondamauh, which has been released as a stand-alone single, surges from the speakers.
Tightly reigned combinations flow through each other, giving the song its deep texturing that captures the essence of the track as Chontaraz use neither furious pace nor scowling menace to deliver their compositions of powerful presence.