It was in May of last year that the English psychedelic-rock band Déjà Vega last featured.
Having spent time developing their sound rather than rushing out material Déjà Vega make a welcome return with Skeletons In The Florist.
A slight shift in emphasis to heavier echo in the guitar and marginal decrease in tempo has given the Déjà Vega a whole new dimension of sound as the trio deliver just under three and a half minutes of music that fills the room with wafts of mellowing smoke. Whilst there is a relaxed spaciousness to the six stringer, the bass and percussion furiously push forward the track with a clarity that superbly shines the spotlight on the guitar, as the vocal drifts in and out of focus.
Although Skeletons In The Florist has a dreamlike quality, Déjà Vega shock the listener out of their reverie with crashing bridges which suddenly stir unexpectedly, giving the whole track a sense of the menacing, before concluding as quickly as arrived, leaving the listener more intrigued than they were on first alighted upon, resulting in an immediate replay.
The Finnish electro-metal sextet, Vorna, are set to release the LP – Ei Valo Minua Seuraa – on the 4th of December.
Vorna – Ei Valo Minua Seuraa – artwork
A symphonic composition flows around the room as Yskin, the penultimate of the seven tracks on Ei Valo Minua Seuraa magisterially floats into earshot. The graceful sounds of – synthesised-violin, chorale, bowed double-bass and pianoforte are torn asunder by the demanding mewling vocal which spits invective at all in proximity and as the track builds so does the fulminating metal waiting to be unsheathed.
Vorna is able to achieve all of this without becoming a parody of themselves. There is nothing to do other than settle back and enjoy the spectacle of six highly talented musicians who understand precisely how to pitch their creative juices in best order, leaving the listener with nothing more to do than malinger from other activity to take pleasure in the the stunning creativity that unfolds.
The CD for Ei Valo Minua Seurra is available directly from the label – Inverse Records. Having had the opportunity to take a spin around the album, if you enjoy a bit of melodrama with your cup of coffee, well worth grabbing hold of and holding tightly.
The Dunes, an as yet unreleased track, was caught in live acoustic performance. A track that emphasises the the American-folk influences that lays through much of Theo Verneys‘ plugged-in harder rock material.
The Fixation is the indie-rock quintet of Henry Soundy, Jamie Codrington, Scott Ellis, Ollie Moffat and Robbie Cockcroft split betwixt Oxford and London in England.
Just over a year ago I received an email to let me know about the band and as always promised I get there in the end, not always as quickly as intended, so my apologies to Scott for this prolonged delay in getting back to your message.
It is with some pleasure I finally reach The Fixation who deliver their corkscrew of music that has the audience bubbling with bouncing joy immediately on hitting play. The quartet are not seeking to present complication, rather unfussy good time fixes and like a round of shots of shorts so the music spears into the veins leaving the listener filled with pulsing pleasure.
A vocal which pitches higher, then ever higher, is accompanied by dampened guitars which perform sharp acrobatics across the ears as the percussion punctures into the ear with its precise lines to which bass, equally tautly strung, maintains equilibrium as it sets the tempo. Given the high pitch of it all The Fixation do not sound as though they are in a panic, rather, masters of all that they survey.
The latest EP – Is That a Gun In Your Pocket Or Is This Date Just Going Better Than Expected? discovers The Fixation in harder edge than earlier material and a direction of travel I, personally, hope they continue to pursue.