HAZE – Cactus Blues – Audio

Haze is an English garage-rock band.

Haze

Haze

Not to be confused with The Haze (now Whyte // Lytes), Haze is relatively newly formed with only a handful of tracks behind them. The latest of which, Cactus Blues, takes the listener back to a ’60s analogue garage tone and provides a slightly different perspective to their other material which has a more psychedelic trip to it.

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Subheim – Red Ridge – Video

Subheim is a downtempo creator based in Germany.

Subheim

Subheim

Combining electronics, acoustics and percussion Subheim delivers music that flows forlornly around the ears in hushed waves.

From the ten track LP Foray, (available through Denovali) the fifth, Red Ridge – has a subdued ambient trip-hop feel, meshed into dark melodies.

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ANi GLASS – Y Ddawns – Single Review

The Welsh industrial-electronics creator ANi GLASS releases the single Y Ddawns on the 27th.

ANi GLASS

ANi GLASS

Lamenting of the destruction of Welsh manufacturing and mining industries dating back decades, built over centuries – Y Ddawns reflects of the dancing on the graves of employment and communities by global corporations and political ambitions in a track sung, appropriately, in native language.




The unstoppable walls of sound crash like a Tsunami breaching shore, destroying all before it, as the grinding forces of power come to full frontal assault. The soundtrack reminds of the machinations of the deconstructing politics of Kraftwerk in full throttle, whilst the singular vocal gives Y Ddawns an emotional reference point as the lyrics witness the transfixing imminent collapse of all around including its own breath.

Turn everything up to maximum and then find a way of boosting it louder as you watch your windows buckle as the bulging bass ploughs through the room, while mid-tones create the illusion of caresses of comfort from which the upper registers shatter the glass as the apparitional vocal provides a the finesse to a soundtrack that will have you wiping tears from your eyes at the unfolding wanton destruction.

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The Hummingbirds – Emma – Video

The Hummingbirds is an indie quintet from England.

The Hummingbirds - Pieces Of You - artwork

The Hummingbirds – Pieces Of You – artwork




On a miserable Spring Day here in the UK, as I type, there is a warming ray of sunshine that illuminates the room on hitting play for the third track, Emma, of the eleven on the LP Pieces Of You.

Music is all about the moment and while in the normal course of events an opening whistle, may tempt me to approach the rest of the song in a less favourable frame of mind, today was a connection when it made everything seem better and I am glad I was not perturbed by the opening, as, as the just under three minute track develops so feet find themselves tapping along more expansively to the catchy hooks and beats and consequentially the brighter the day has become.

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Tigerbalm

Tigerbalm is the alt-rock quartet of Harry, Greg, Jono, Jon from London in England.

Tigerbalm

Tigerbalm

A couple of months into their existence Tigerbalm -having initially sparked as The Capulets – have made three tracks available only one of which, intriguingly, contains vocals.




The, roughly, eight minutes of music currently available are of some considerable interest as the compositions evidence these are highly capable writers of music and arranging it in a way that provides the listener with the desire to hear more than is yet around. Although there are only the three tracks – Tigerbalm have been able to set out an impressive stall of wares.

From retro early ’70s rock to melancholic early ’80s new-wave through to ’10s instrumental maths-rock the quartet cover the basis with equal aplomb (although the material has been released in reverse of that list ordering). Tigerbalm demonstrate the capacity to explore those and probably more themes to greater depth whilst each time bringing in an emulsion of refined expansion that allows the sounds to salve embrocation to the stresses of the day, as the band name would suggest to be the case.

It will be interesting to discover the direction of travel for the quartet and I look forward to following their development.

By way of introduction, the one track containing voice, Blame – not because of the voice but as you will know I have a natural centre of gravity that makes new-wave the nearest to the ’70s punk in which I was initially involved as a band member all those decades ago and is my more natural stomping ground.

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