King Catcher – Fear And Loathing – Single Review

King Catcher from England who have frequently featured since their introduction in 2016 released their latest single today – the downtempo – Fear And Loathing.

King Catcher - Fear And Loathing - artwork
King Catcher – Fear And Loathing – artwork

As has previously been noted, on opening the wrapping it always comes as something of a dip in to a box of Bassetts Liquorice allsorts as to what will emerge and their latest track takes the duo on to yet another different trajectory to material previously featured.

Iin keeping with what, as I type, is an overcast, gloomy day, Fear And Loathing compliments the brooding half-light outside.

There is a drifting cloud of electronica which slowly fills the room with a portent of claps of thunder and sparks of lightning to follow, accompanying the contrasting expanding and contracting synthesised vocal which measures, one moment up beat melodic flows the next ominous monotone menace.

Fear and Loathing – Single – King Catcher is available on iTunes.*

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Almost Autumn – 6AM – Single Review

Joelle Edwards, from Liverpool (England), is an acoustic-sadcore creator who performs as Almost Autumn.

Almost Autumn
Almost Autumn

Occasional releases surface, having had the opportunity to listen to the back catalogue, I would recommend digging in to the archives as the music is best tasted in large measure to fully immerse in to the fragile, tear streaked compositions.

The songs take a look at various aspects of life’s insecurities and uncertainties – the most recent of which 6AM (available on bandcamp – as are all the singles) touches on the emotional, heartaching nature, of the intensity of transient relationships.

The track combines electronica and natural instrumentation which serves as a mood shifting backdrop to the breaking, expressive and completely captivating vocal.

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Late TV – Great Gulfs – Single Review

It was back in October 2017 that the jazz-funk sextet of Luke Novak, Matthew Halsall, Richard Bowman, Evesham Nicholas, Martin and Ryan SzanyiLate TV – based in London (England) – last featured. In February they will be releasing the single Great Gulfs.

Late TV - Great Gulfs
Late TV

Great Gulfs finds the band in mellowed mood in a track that winds gently though the room as though borne on fluffy pillows and initially invites the listener to step shoulder to shoulder with a partner, though as the song develops so the embrace becomes ever more tenderly close.

The retrospective melody of the track, which glides elegantly through the room, wraps the audience in a sense of warm, cushioned serenity towards the world around.

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Flexagon – The Gift – Single Review

Flexagon the ambientwave project from Guernsey released the single The Gift on the 4th.

Flexagon - The Gift
Flexagon

As always, the music, reflects of a spacious and mind-boggling universe enticing the listener in to its cavernous spaces to explore the fractals of expanding electronica.

The Gift (available on bandcamp) refers to a musical instrument – a toombi – which was won in a raffle and gifted to Flexagon.

With no previous experience of the one stringed instrument, Flexagon, has taken the unusual option of using a bow to deliver a track in which the distinctive string can be readily identified, muted though it is under the rich tapestry of hypnotic synthesis, to create a just over eight minutes composition which holds the listener transfixed.

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Reptilians From Andromeda – Doll Witch – Single Release

You just know that 2019 is going to be tip-top year when the Turkish new-wave band Reptilians From Andromeda launch a new track within the first 48 hours of it beginning.

Reptilians From Andromeda - Photo by Bikem Ekberzade
Reptilians From Andromeda – Photo by Bikem Ekberzade

Surfaced yesterday was the song Doll Witch – as always turn up the speakers and let the windows-frames rattle to their own hearts content.

Pulsing bass-lines and bleeding guitar are harried by impatient drums while the signature vocals snarl in to ears – all for it to fall abruptly in to silence a margin over two minutes after commencing.

Is it too early to be starting the long-list for ‘Track of the year 2019’ – I wonder?

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