| mellowtone | is an alt-indie quintet from Fribourg in Switzerland, comprising Martina Birbaum (Vocals), Mirco Ackermann (Guitar), Matthias Haymoz (Bass), Ives Schmidt (Keys) and Beat Huber (Drums).
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There is a pressing darkness that sweeps into the room while | mellowtone | deliver their blend of triphop and indie rock in luxurious layers of guitar and keys. The pulsating bass gives the material its weighty cloaking that envelops the listener in palpable melancholia, whilst the percussion spreads its wings from offering shimmering cymbals to crushing compression, whilst the scintillating vocal raises the sound to new heights.
Formed a few years ago – with well supported and regular attendance across their home-country it is only a sadness that their abilities are not more widely recognised as | mellowtone | are able to provide the audience with music that leaves them wanting to hear more. With some fortune there are a couple of LPs available along with a smattering of singles – as this is a quintet best listened to in lengthy sessions.
From their latest LP Broken Rooms – the first of the bakers-dozen of tracks – Long Gone.
The Swedish melancholic-rock duo Råhypnos released their eponymous début EP today.
Råhypnos – Eponymous EP – artwork
When introduced back in February the thinking was a seven track album. In the interim with more song writing having been undertaken Råhypnos elected to cut two tracks from the release which will surface with other material in due course.
The fourth of the five on the EP – Without A Voice casts dark shadows around the room as the distorted bass and vocal palls into the ears, prior to the keys surfacing and paring back to a full-bodied vocal that reminds of a vintage Bordeaux with its rich flavour. An intriguing extended bridge suddenly drops into the frame at about a minute and two thirds through the track and runs for over ten seconds – briefly even drifting to silence, before opening up to the second part of the just over three minutes fifty second track, which continues along a parallel theme where emphasised rolling drums are captured by the timpani along with bowed strings and the dual voices drifting apart from each other, which lay together in the opening section, giving Without A Voice a mystery and mastery of its own and my pick of the release.
The Swiss jazz-ska octet Scutluck released the LP One Way Ticket last month.
Scutluck – One Way Ticket – artwork
Push back the chair, stand up and join in with the title track and third of the ten as Scutluck raise a summer smile to brighten the day on a Northern Hemisphere winters evening.
One Way Ticket, while easy to step around to room to, also contains the diversity of composition to be expected from a band with eight players, though they are able to not complicate the sounds, rather add textures that keeps the track lightly bouncing off the walls.
Dave Eleanor was last visited three years ago, whilst the sound is more melancholic the style is recognisable.
The title track and second of the five on the EP rumbles out of the speakers with a burring loop to which slower paced electronica overlay the tempo as single key notes pop into earshot, a continual theme, that keeps the mind keeps attentive. Whispered breathy vocal provides Puppet with a lugubrious mood that allows Dave Eleanor the textures to deliver a track with much in which the audience can reflect.
Hailing from Martigny is Switzerland is the garage rock trio Dream Homeless, comprising – Jeff (Vocals / Guitar), Florian (Bass) and Thomas (Drums).
Dream Homeless fill the room with a controlled rage, which allows them to deliver unexpected filet mignon along with more muscular brisket providing the listener with a combination that grabs hold of the throat whilst gently dusting off the shoulders. Hence the music can cope with being blasted out of fully opened speakers, yet equally able to absorb the attention at more modest decibels.
An ever driving percussion harries along the material, whilst and industrious bass builds the mood, with the guitar able to find the room to add the more melodic twists and turns, to which the vocal whirls between invective and explanation.
Formed a few years ago, it was only this month that Dream Homeless released their début LP Not For The Glory, Just For The Party and I only hope it isn’t another three years before those of us who don’t get to see them live are able to join in with the infectious joy of the trio.