Asthmatic Astronaut – WALLS COME DOWN – Audio

The Scottish electro-rap project Asthmatic Astronaut release the LP This Is Not Pop on the 23rd of September.

Asthmatic Astronaut

Asthmatic Astronaut

Featuring numerous vocalists – each track of the nineteen offers something slightly different and whilst I wish I were able to offer you a full release review – at this stage it isn’t possible.

The fourteenth – WALLS COME DOWN – is however my pick of the release and with some fortune it has been made available to stream.

The just under hour and ten minutes album is replete with gems, many.  lasting not even three minutes with music launching through earthy grinds to space-flight orbit, each with something new to add to the ‘catch of the day’ making This Is Not Pop (available on bandcamp) well worth grabbing hold of on release.

As those who know the site reasonably well it is of little surprise that my selection from the LP reminds of the true heart of The Gorbals with its flashing steel blades sliding against each other with a contemptuous Glasgow-kiss lyric passing scathing scorn on the world around, as though specifically reflecting on the suburbanisation of Hutchesontown to meet the demands of the plastic age of plastic people of 2016.

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Seaside Sons – Love Shines On – Video

The Scottish indie-rock band Seaside Sons released the two track single Love Shines On on the 28th.

Seaside Sons - Love Shines On - artwork

Seaside Sons – Love Shines On – artwork

With more of a Britpop sound to it that much of their material, in Love Shines On, Seaside Sons are also able to retain their sense of a harling wall with its scratching surface.

Love Shines On is available on Amazon.*

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UNDO – Hollow Hands – Single Review

The Scottish garage-rock quartet UNDO released a split single with Jutland Songs on the 25th.



Hollow Hands is a mash of malt that soaks into the cask through just over four and a quarter minutes of submerged fusing guitar and an intoxicating reed that you just want to hear more of immediately.

UNDO have a palpable pent-up frustration which they deliver through a gauzy net giving the track as great a sense of burning rage as could be delivered in full blast and the quartet are able to deliver a composition in Hollow Hands which due to the technique far more eloquently enunciates their sense of futility felt in raging against the machine than otherwise achieved, giving them a powerful message which is well worth spending time to hear. The lucid percussion and bass contrasts discretely with the engulfed vocal as the quartet reveal their follow up track to Stop Hiding which surfaced three years ago under their previous iteration Great Cop.

I look forward to reporting more on UNDO in due course, for now you can grab hold of the release on bandcamp.

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Rock Back For Ecuador – Compilation Release – Disaster Relief

Rock Back For Ecuador is the latest element in a series of compilation releases put out by The Rock Back Community in support of disaster relief fund-raising.

Frantic Chant - some of the releases

Frantic Chant – some of the releases

The sixty-six track compilation album (available on bandcamp) was released on the 5th in support of the fund raising for the 7.8 Richter Scale earthquake that occurred between the towns of Muisne and Pedernales in Ecuador on Saturday April 16, 2016, resulting in an estimated count of 661 people being killed and more than 27,700 others being injured, in addition to the decimation of swathes of wildlife and infrastructure, with effects felt as far away as in Colombia, near the city of Cali, where one miner died as a result of the earthquake.

Patetico Recordings – will be a familiar name to regular readers, or even those who are sporadic with references dating back to 2010 – is the label behind this and the other Rock Back Community Disaster Relief Compilations.

With a certain degree of inevitability from the thread of available music I do have a pick of the release.

The Scottish band Frantic Chant offer up A Descending Journey as the sixth track. Evidently – don’t take this as a ‘typical sound’ on the LP – as there couldn’t be such a thing.

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