The Costa Rican psychedelic-rock trio Badsmoke and the Astral Haze will be releasing the three track single Triada of the Earthlings next month.
Badsmoke And The Astral Haze photo credit – Naty Aguirre
The first song to surface from the single is Ingolf vs The Man Cricketman (available as a stand alone single on bandcamp) which merely asks the listener to leave their temporal-lobe hanging on a hat-stand prior to entering the room to allow the frontal-lobe plenty of room to extract the juices of the winding guitar, which inverts in to itself like a foaming bath with perforated bubbles of reverb snatching inside escaping echoes, whilst percussion taunts the bass as it snaps at the calcaneal tendon with the vocal enticing the listener to the less empiric aspects of thought.
The Costa Rican twelve bar blues quintet Smokey Bars released the EP – Live At The Cabin on the 2nd.
My apologies to everyone that so many reviews are surfacing later than you may anticipate, which is not due to my tardiness, rather the flow of music wandering through the filters and although I write this well inside the normal parameters this will not be published until far later than expected in the normal course of events.
The roughly twenty five minute Extended Play revealed through five tracks (available on bandcamp) of curls and blousey tendrils of guitar that reach around the room akin to Octupus tentacles drifting in the ocean which wrap the unwary inside coils of suction embrace the listener in stopped strings, leisurely percussion and wandering bass from which peers a well travelled voice and when ears are extended the faint underlay of synthesis is what gives the music its distinctive personality.
My selection from Live At The Cabin is the closer Lady C.
The Costa Rican rock’n’roll quintet Perceptions released the single Drive Me Crazy on the 1st.
Lasting less than three minutes Drive Me Crazy (available on bandcamp) does everything it needs to and more leaving – the listener in good mood as Perceptions don’t attempt to add embellishments to their blues driven trio of six string guitar line-up as the bass and percussion skips around the room in joyful abandon.
Formed in 2014 Perceptions have, unsurprisingly, established a local loyal live circuit and You Drive Me Crazy makes a welcome follow-up to the 2015 single Let Me Take You – for those of us who don’t have the opportunity to see them on stage.
I merely hope it isn’t long before they make more music available for a world-wide audience, with their songs which transcend geo-political borders.
It has been three years since EUS (Costa Rica), Postdrome (England) and Saåad (France) last collaborated.
EUS, Postdrome and Saåad – Different Streams – artwork
A six track LP Different Streams is scheduled for launch on the 23rd, released through the Russian label Grains Of Sands Records.
The three different elements – EUS the solo project of Jose Acuña, Charlie Floyd who makes up Postdrome along with Romain Barbot and Grégory Buffier who are Saåad, play each track together rather than a track apiece, which gives the ambient drone even more relevance for being featured on the site.
Whilst the music will take you on a journey of lost time, having had the opportunity to hear the six tracks and the bonus three, I assure you a mind warping and time bending experience well worth stepping in to, it is also the nature of musicians coming together from disparate geo-political boundaries and releasing the result through yet another, that finds this so inclusive and a project to be supported.
Colornoise from Heredia in Costa Rica is the alt-rock duo of Sonya Carmona (Lead vocals / guitar) and Alison Alvarado (Drums / vocals).
Slightly psychedelic in feel Colornoise deliver a sound that crawls across the room before devouring the listener in a maze of hazy guitar as the percussion beats against the brain with an eerily echoed vocal completing the delights of the compositions.
To suggest this is a band with a broad appeal is somewhat stating the obvious as evidenced by their appearances in South and North America, with an invitation to Canada later this year proving testament to the intoxicating music delivered by Colornoise.
The duo create sounds that resonate of atmospherics with a style that completely captivates the audience in the moment. The nature of the material makes longer tracks appropriate and they offer enough interest within pieces that can last up to five minutes to keep the listener engrossed. The songs themselves are expressions of life and the universe and these shifts of focus are reflected in compositions which range from the gloomy to the ethereal, yet all delivered with an immediately recognizable signature.
Formed in 2009 and with a couple of LPs behind them in addition to their extensive international touring, I wish Colornoise the wider recognition they undoubtedly deserve.