Jay Draper & The Subterraneans – Land Of Anxiety – Audio

On the 14th the Canadian electro-rock duo Jay Draper & The Subterraneans released the AA side single Inside Out / Land Of Anxiety.

Jay Draper & The Subterraneans - photo credit - Tyrone Islington

Jay Draper & The Subterraneans – photo credit – Tyrone Islington

There is a depressive sadness to the music which is difficult to specifically identify, though nonetheless the thread holding the two tracks central fulcrum giving the material an almost fatalistic air of hopeless despondency.

This dour mood stands as a stark contrast to the expansive compositional range of the tracks, particularly in my pick of the release Land Of Anxiety, which is laced with soaring gothic arches of synthesis and voice. On listening to the roughly eight and three quarters minutes of the two songs (available on bandcamp) don’t expect a catharsis as, in this release, Jay Draper & The Subterraneans are not attempting to shine a candle out of a dark tunnel, rather reflect of dark, ominous, entrapment.

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wwoman – FOA – Single Review

The US groovemove project wwoman revealed the song FOA on Friday.

wwoman

wwoman

If you have ever been to a ’70s themed disco night or were attending at the time – you will know exactly what to expect on hitting play – if you haven’t it may come as something of a surprise in to what affairs they can quickly turn.

The quivering synths invite the listener to a dimly lit corner of the dance-floor for a knee trembler as the insistent beat soaks in to the spine with the electronica wrapping through the hips and pressing closer and with a matching desire while the vocal whispers breathily in to the ears.

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Mount Mural – The Greenest Compass – Audio

The Canadian slogaze quartet Mount Mural released their début EP There Is a Better Place today.

Mount Mural

Mount Mural

A four track release (available on bandcamp) of softly pressed songs that mind of ambient uplighting as it fills the room with gently swaying compositions that rest easily on the ears. though, far from being background noise at a shopping precinct. The quartet are able to create music that seeps in to the marrow of the listener with its luxurious warming texturing.

Despite, or perhaps because of, the calm focus of the music these are a quartet who are fast out of the starting blocks,  having only really got themselves going in the past couple of months, already have the EP, my pick of which is the opener The Greenest Compass, along with securing live performance slots.

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Steve Lewin – Standing Still – Audio

The Canadian cream-rock creator Steve Lewin releases the LP Trajectory on the 28th.

Steve Lewin

Steve Lewin

The listener finds themselves desirous of melting into the music to fully experience the luscious fused melodies as they glide through the room in beguiling temptation.

A six track, approximately twenty one minutes, album (available on bandcamp) that once heard finds the audience frequently coming back to have another listen and to be added to the – sunsets of romance – playlist.

The penultimate song is Standing Still.

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Clones Of Clones – Drugz – Video

The US indie-rock quartet, Clone Of Clones, recently released the LP All The Things We Dreamed.

Clones Of Clones - Drugz

Clones Of Clones

The third of the eleven songs on the album – Drugz – is of more despondent mood than much of their music previously.

The slowly rotating track is given its shadowy shades through the both the slow pace and the clever pivoting of percussion and repetitious guitar, blurred by a bending synth which gives the music the sense of a discomforting hang-over.

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