The English alternative-acoustic soloist Lucy Mair released the EP Naive last month.
Extensive use of acoustic instrumentation allows Lucy Mair to create music, across a diversity of styles, that has a natural connectivity with the audience as conundrums of life are investigated and the acoustic-hip-hop second of the five tracks – The Fool is no exception.
The Fool allows Lucy to let her hair down and enjoy the lightest track on Naive as the lyric curls around the gently touched guitar and the listener can’t help but leave wrapped in smiles. Despite its lack of complexity compared to much of the rest of the release, The Fool requires tighter control due to the lack of texturing and it is a credit that the song is delivered with a sense of fun rather than a feeling of timidity.
Still Corners is an England based disconsolate-electro duo.
Their latest track Horses At Night finds the listener weeping in conjunction with the inconsolable lyric and lofty synths as Still Corners deliver just under three and a half minutes of emotional turmoil.
Horses At Night has an aura which neither comforts nor distances as the stellar opposites mix akin to oil and water in a fluidity that reflects more than it absorbs and it this ability to emulsify the tangential which makes Still Corners such an intriguing combination.
From time to time I find myself falling across the mainstream that I think you should take time to involve yourself and this is one of those moments.
The London, England, grunge quartet Shark Dentist comprises Campbell, Grady, Andrew and Jamie.
With only a couple of tracks to hear I have already marked Shark Dentist as sitting on the ‘essential playlist’.
Unfettered by others expectations the quartet tread their own path along territories unknown, that instinctively are on solid ground, as they stomp with abandon across formulaic construction to deliver music of natural proclivity and engagement.
Continual use of lower registers, be it via a vocal that can pitch as a superlative baritone or extensive use of bass, Shark Dentist are able to counterbalance the sub-woofer stretching tones with equally tweeter piercing moments of difference. They do not seek to create through studious contemplation music that has an organic feel, rather through intuitive ability, which is what makes their music so intoxicating. Neither you nor they know what will happen next other than to have confidence it will work.
There is a catharsis in musicians who don’t have to try, which can never be matched by expressions of ‘let’s make a hit song’ and the only sadness of the music business is that those who ‘can’ rarely reap the return they richly deserve as they travel their own route of creativity. Shark Dentist is a prime example of why this site exists and I thank them for adding much value to the world.
I look forward to their future material with a sense of longing and forlorn loneliness, purely, because hasn’t yet arrived.
The only currently available release is the two track single – Cut Myself Shaving which can be purchased on bandcamp.
The English electro-rock trio Origami Horses released the LP In Love And In Dub through Metal Postcard Records on the 1st.
The third of the nine tracks The King Of Happenstance is a number that bounces around the room in sprightly step in an open-framed percussion / bass note munches into everything it meets as guitar disappears into a meandering synth that swallows all that is extraneous, whilst vocal tempts along the material and the listener is left feeling they have been scrubbed down by the brushes of a carwash.
The King Of Happenstance is one of the faster tracks on In Love And In Dub in an album that lasts for just over half an hour of immense pleasure and is available on bandcamp.
The English psychedelic-garage duo – Love Buzzard are a regular staple on the website.
From the LP Antifistamines – the sixth of the thirteen tracks – Superglue is a compression of lurid kaleidoscopic hallucinations packed within springy garage fuzz and is of the typical nature of Love Buzzard who are able to take the trippy to a speedfest and come-up with something that makes perfect sense.
Originally released as a digital album in August Antifistamines will be released on Green Vinyl through 1-2-3-4 Records on the 22nd January 2016 and is available to order directly.