The Canadian retro-rock project The Foreign Films released the LP The Record Collector on the 15th.
The Foreign Films
The appropriately named album (available on bandcamp) serves as something of a musical reflective of a life-story told through the ages which is revealed during the course of the thirty one tracks lasting for heading towards two hours.
The soft lens focus in the hushed analogue tones of the album provides a narrative in itself which is able to warm the listener to the tale unfolding as exuberance, passions, foreboding, joy, sadness and sagacity thread through the LP, one which can be dipped in and out of at leisure or taken as a full dining experience.
Given the breadth of the story-line a pick of the release does no more than provide a steer to The Record Collector nonetheless – Teardrop Town – the seventh song on the LP is my selection.
The Canada based alt-rock trio Psychocide are working on a new EP.
A mixed bag of back catalogue means that they are as yet undecided of the full set of tracks for the forthcoming EP – resultingly the latest track to surface, Confined, which was revealed less than twenty four hours ago – may or may not make the cut.
Confined is a progressive-rock influenced song which is pierced by bubbles of indie-dance, making for an approaching four minutes thread of variegated texturing.
An intriguing four and a twelfth minutes song (available on bandcamp) which straddles to anchors of very different construct.
A burring rock percussion and bass which gives the track impetus and gravitas is topped by a boy-band style vocal with guitar gently sewing the two together. Far from natural audiences of either party recoiling in horror I do posit – give it a few moments on your ear and whichever camp you start from – within the first half a minute or so the contrasts will not seem like an arch nemesis – rather a natural amalgam and by the end likely to be interested to discover more of the catalogue.
The Canadian garage-rock quartet The Flatliners release the three track single Mass Candescence on the 15th.
After fifteen years out and about with numerous releases and innumerable shows one could understand if The Flatliners sounded a little bored by it all – yet far from it – the newest single, as evidenced by the first song on the release – The Arousal Of Despair (available on vinyl via Dine Alone Records) – attests to a quartet who are as fresh and enthused as the day they started out.
Sure the garage may have smarter walls and a fancy roof with shinier cars in the driveway – but it is still a garage despite all that and the listener is soaked in the earthy grit of the music, not festooned by schmaltz.
It was back in 2014 that the Canadian folk-rock quintet Echo Nebraska last featured with their début EP Send The Ships, it is therefore with some pleasure to return with news of their latest (and follow-up) LP Hold Up To The Fire which was released on the 1st of June.
Echo Nebraska – photo by @njdav
Although Echo Nebraska have not been completely hidden away from sight, regularly playing live, the death of one of the trio of founding members Gunn Park has found they have remained away from the studio until now.
In recognition of their travails over the years and the respect with which they still hold Gunn, the song and title track – Hold Up The Fire, which is the fourth of the ten of the thirty seven’ish minutes of the melancholic folk rooted album – which is full of gems – too whom it was written in dedication, seems an apposite re-introduction and I merely hope that having broken the fast they feel able to reveal more music without the, understandable, four year gap for those of us spread more widely than able to catch them live.