The indie-folk duo Plasticine Porters from Northern Ireland will be releasing the EP Train Of Thought on the 30th.
With more than one scoop of ice-cream coming from the ’60s brit-rock tub – Plasticine Porters deliver music that has an easy flow of uncomplicated song structure flooded with dance steps and the listener can happily submerge themselves in the retro-flavours.
There is a saying that ‘less is more’ and Train Of Thought (available on bandcamp) is a perfect example as anything added to these individual songs would have been extraneous, though having said that – having got in to the flow of the EP only having five songs to hear leaves the listener wishing there were a few more. My selection is the third track – Procrastination.
In Transcendental Astronaut, a forlorn composition, with a vocalised scene setting introduction prior to the electronic elements taking over – and as the almost twelve and a half minutes of the track evolves so the narrative contemplation of an astronaut lost and dying in space drifts in and out of focus as they consider their own soon to be lifeless body endlessly spinning through galaxies as though a grotesque memorial to its own frailty.
Alice Signal Fires is an alt-rock outfit split between Northern Ireland, Wales and England.
Alice Signal Fires
Currently working towards the release of an LP, as yet unnamed, for 2017 to follow-up the album Ghost from last year.
The first track to surface from the forthcoming release is Hot Air Balloons in which those who already know Alice Signal Fires will find grounds of similarity, with acoustic guitar featuring prominently in the piece. The major difference being that the music has a more resolute presence moving from the ground of alternative folk to a more scathing and compressed rock iteration.
It will be interesting to discover if this is a one-off diversion or a new direction of travel.
The indie-rock trio Hello Casanova from Northern Ireland release the single I’ll Be Waiting on the 25th of November.
In advance of the official release I’ll Be Waiting has been made available within the past half a day.
Formerly known as Foreign Affairs – in their new iteration the trio of Matt Irwin (Rhythm Guitar / Vocals), Ethan Williamson (Lead Guitar / Vocals), and Martin Miller (Drums / Bass Guitar) have lifted the political contemplation with a lighter mood that when combined with the celtic-rock flavourings gives I’ll Be Waiting a catchy punchiness in which the listener can happily loose themselves from the weight of the day.
Dirty Words is an alt-rock band from Northern Ireland I seem to come back to once a year.
Dirty Words – There’s A Lot Of It About
Returning to Dirty Words is always a delight and the song for this year was, as always, keenly anticipated. Of equal, no even greater, pleasure word arrives that an EP is in the offing and this track will be on the forthcoming release. Who knows I may even be able to feature Dirty Words at least twice in 2016.
There’s A Lot Of It About doesn’t disappoint as the ska based number moonstomps around the room to the always superlative, poetic, wry lyric.