Tracy Bryant – The Gun – Audio

The US delta-steel project Tracy Bryant releases the LP Subterranean on the 19th of February.

Tracy Bryant - Subterranean - Vinyl test pressing

Tracy Bryant – Subterranean – Vinyl test pressing

To surface in the past few hours – The Gun – which will be on Subterranean.

Turn up the bass and tweeters to allow the wide pitches to swallow the room in a drum beat that I would be happy to die listening to as a lap-steel singularly and remorselessly winds up like an elastic band before emitting its archers bows of high pitch, whilst an unremitting vocal, akin to a grave-digger – unceremoniously throws aside the mud.

There is something intangibly enveloping about The Gun which marks this out as perhaps one of the best tracks to surface for many a long while. Given that The Gun is far away from my preference of musical style and as regular readers know I do tend to suppress ‘hype’, this paragraph is not a throw-away reflection, rather something that you will find, but, only every few years articulated on the various websites in summarising a track.

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Cross Record – Basket – Video

The US ethereal-electronica outfit Cross Record were introduced last year.

Cross Record - Basket

Cross Record

From the LP – Wabi-Sabi due for release on the 29th the seventh of the nine tracks – Basket.

Just over three and a half minutes of disparate, distant, elements combine to form a track, in Basket, that holds a hypnotic fascination.

Wabi-Sabi – Cross Record is available on iTunes.*

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Future Myth – Little Voice – Audio

The US indie-gaze quartet Future Myth will be releasing their début EP Flashbulb Memories on the 29th.

Future Myth

Future Myth

Future Myth are a quartet who first surfaced in 2014 and promptly disappeared only to reappear late last year. With only a couple of songs to hear, the current selection may seem narrow, however Future Myth have been able to cover considerable ground with the two tracks, both of which will be on the EP.

Cold Season has a retro ’60s Brit-rock timbre to it.

Little Voice is of different legs and it sounds as though they have been studying logarithms as there is an angular, almost Maths-Rock disposition to the material, which blends delightfully with a shoegazey high pitched guitar from which the vocal crystallises as a shuffle-beat percussion keeps up the momentum. As with Cold Season, Future Myth, play around with pacing and the five and a bit minutes of Little Voice leave the listener feeling they have threaded through a highly entertaining short-story.

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Ula Ruth – Nobody Lives Forever – Video

The US alt-indie quartet Ula Ruth are set to release the EP Fever later this year.

Ula Ruth

Ula Ruth

From the forthcoming EP – a stripped back version of Fever.

To my ears a stronger version than the release version – see what you think – both appear below.


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Snowball II – I Can Come – Video

The US gaze-wave quartet Snowball II release their début LP ? on the 11th of March.

Snowball II - ? - artwork

Snowball II – ? – artwork

The third of the eleven tracks on ?, I Can Come, is the only one I am able to share with you, else I would be offering you a track by track review along with a selection of compositions, though I have had the pleasure of languishing in the luscious sounds of the just under an hour album.

Snowball II are striding into their first release under their new name and direction  – with well placed confidence as their juxtapositional sounds emerge from the speakers. They are equally unafraid to ask questions of their audience as they ease the conundrums of their musical journey into the ears. Musically idiosyncratic, the quartet are equally whimsical with the track names as well as the LP title – which isn’t a reminder for me to find out the name of the LP – rather ? really is the name of the album – along with including a track called Antonio Banderas & A Semester Abroad and another named simply !.

The marker of Snowball II is their ability to transform, what are not overly complicated, initial compositions into mazes of construction with elements such as reversed playback and looping time-shifted passages, whilst, always retaining the slowly moving core of the track. Leaving the listener not discombobulated, rather, feeling they have been on an enjoyable though tipsy night out where everything is recalled with fond, though hazy, memory.

In my view ? is an LP that is best lain through in one sitting, as the completed work makes perfect sense, taking one track at a time leaves you feeling you are attempting to put a jig-saw puzzle together whilst aware there are an unknown number of missing pieces.

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