The English alt-indie quartet The Lottery Winners released the single I Know on the 12th.
The Lottery Winners – I Know – artwork
The Lottery Winners sublimely sew threads of melancholia with bright-lights and I Know is a welcome introduction to the quartet.
It is easy to make comparisons of ‘sounds like’ but to do so takes away from their imagination and creativity. The vocal which slides easily between flats and sharps enables The Lottery Winners to generate the template of emotional travel, which the instrumentation and percussion subsequently highlight, as the voice and music fluctuate between heading in the same direction and veering on polar opposite course, with singing edging higher and guitars pointing lower, at different pace, to come together again with a precision that leaves the listener sensing they are listening to an aural illusion.
I look forward to hearing more of The Lottery Winners, who can be found spending much of their time on the road. If there is any justice in the music industry it shouldn’t be far off that the quartet find themselves on the international touring stage.
The English reflective-rock solo project Fictonian is set to release the LP Desire Lines on the 13th of November.
The eighth of the eleven tracks on Desire Lines, Mrs Jones, brings together synths and keys that provide contrasting hues of shadow through the approaching four minutes composition.
Fictonian carefully harnesses instruments and vocals with each of the other elements, whilst they are given relevant moment, equally they become subsumed in the luscious textures of sound that drift mesmerically around the room.
Mrs Jones is allowed the space to unhurriedly evolve without overstaying welcome and the listener finds themselves invested in the hushed sounds that softly intertwine, making the abrupt ending even more remarkable as it leaves the audience somewhat discombobulated by the sharpness of the silence that suddenly fills the ears.
From the ten track LP Trialog, which was released earlier this year, the third – Tender Skin finds HVOB delivering just over seven minutes of pulsating organic electronica. Hushed vocal peers around rumbling pitches as flickers of other sounds fleetingly surface, only to be snuffed out by the constant deep throbbing electronic contrabassoon.
The Greek ambient-house creator Mikael Delta is set to release the LP Life Is Now on the 26th.
The eighth of the eleven tracks – With My Whole Being – filters into the room with a quiet, unbeholden, entrance. Combinations of orchestral strings and synthesised sounds gently wrap the head in softly placed ribbon, which slowly and ever more urgently presses around the head.
As the track gradually intensifies so the sense of gentle massage begins to feel like vices gripping the cranium until, as calmly it arrived, the pressure eases to leave the listener sensing they have undergone a de-cluttering of the synapses and clarity prevails.