United Power Soul – Peace Sign – Audio

The Canadian funk-rock outfit United Power Soul release their début LP, Moving Fast 4 U, on the 31st.

United Power Soul

United Power Soul

With roots firmly ensconced in RnB and Soul, United Power Soul take the listener on a journey of deep grooves and funky highlights through the eight track album, which is available on bandcamp.

The LP, for me, is elevated by the inclusion of the dancehall antepenultimate track – Peace Sign.

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D U N B A R – Cary Grant – Single Review

The US indie-dance quartet, D U N B A R, revealed their début single Cary Grant on the 10th.

D U N B A R

D U N B A R

Sparkling guitars invite the listener on to the dance-floor while the off-beat percussion / bass combinations give Cary Grant a point of difference in a crowded marketplace, with an impeccable vocal rounding out the sound.

Longer stay readers can’t help to contemplate the short lived band Viola Beach (all of whose members died in a road accident while on a Scandinavia tour in February 2016) when listening to the music and similarly Cary Grant intimates of a band capable of creating music with a global reach and a band I look forward to hearing more from in short order.

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Unblinded – Battle Scars – Single Review

The US garage rock duo Unblinded released their début single Battle Scars on the 6th.

Unblinded

Unblinded

I was particularly struck by the juxtaposition of the main body of Battle Scars (available on bandcamp) with its rapscallion countenance that finds the listener delightedly threshing through the room as the burred guitar and furious percussion / bass combinations pump through the ears with a felted vocal creating empathetic audience participation choral context set against the acoustic fragility and cleverly placed naïvety of the opening bars, which attest to a couple of musicians who know one end of a song from another.

I am already looking forward to discovering more in short order.

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Blurred Out – Modern Waves – Single Review

The US funk-rock quartet Blurred Out released the single Modern Waves on the 9th.

Blurred Out - Modern Waves

Blurred Out

With a different soundtrack to their last feature which had a hazy shimmer, Modern Waves (available on bandcamp) is a more jangular composition with the active bass / percussion combination licking up a fair old tempo with glittering guitar giving the song a jazzy-feel while a softened vocal rounds out the sharper edges while adding a layer of warmth.

Modern Waves has something of a retrospective feel to it which is perhaps apposite as the construct of the song being based on a relative who had Alzheimer’s and hence fragmented recollections of a lifetime of memories.

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HAMSTANK – Smile – Audio

The US alt-folk project HAMSTANK released the LP Rise Of The Giant King on the 9th.

Hamstank

Hamstank

A nine track album (available on bandcamp) which contains a mix of musical styles – some reminding of medieval folklore, in other moments contemporary folk even heading out to rock ballads while a luxury hamper of instrumentation and effects take to the stage. While that all sounds like a heady mixture of ideas, within the context of the tale told in the LP, it all fits in to a cohesive narrative and is most certainly a release to hear in one sitting to fully contextualise the unfolding storyline.

By way of an introduction the closer – Smile.

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