Salvatore Manalo – Rolling – Audio

The US RnB creator Salvatore Manalo released the EP Salvatore on the 11th.

Salvatore Manalo

Salvatore Manalo

For reasons I am unable to fathom, I do seem to be in a slip-slide mood these past few hours with yet another smooth-groove feature rather than the normal bristling styles of music that predominately features, though I guess we all need down time on occasion and the delight of music is the moment in to which it fits emotionally.

From the five track EP (available directly from Salvatore Manalo) the second song Rolling.

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Snakeoil Salesmen – Convicts & Catholics – Audio

The English smugglers-rock creator Matt Couch who performs as Snakeoil Salesmen releases the EP Snakeoil Salesmen II on the 31st.

Snakeoil Salesmen

Snakeoil Salesmen

Music which is steeped in sea-shanty and folklore tipples out of the speakers when taking a listen to the back catalogue and on the basis of the one song I have heard of the four on the EP (available on bandcamp) I anticipate more of the same vein.

Convicts & Catholics, the opening track, skips through the room in flighty rock’n’roll guise finding the audience dancing alongside the scathing lyric, yet not flummoxed by the contrasts of sound and sentiment.

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The Hugs – Friends Can Break Your Heart – Audio

The US meltwave quartet, The Hugs, will release the three track single New Utopia on the 14th of February.

The Hugs

The Hugs

I can think of no more appropriate date than Valentines Day for the release of New Utopia as, akin to the name of the band, the audience needs to be listening to the middle track of the single –  Friends Can Break Your Heart (available on bandcamp) – whilst hugging someone or something to fully immerse themselves in the flowing frequencies which cover the room in sweetly scented soft-pink rose petals.

Even given the song title and lyrical content Friends Can Break Your Heart is a composition that plucks at the heart-strings in the romance laden dreamscape.

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Peace On Earth – Where We Are – Video

The Swedish gaze-rock trio Peace On Earth release their début LP – Silent Killer – tomorrow.

Peace On Earth

Peace On Earth

An eight track album of shadowy reverberating guitar, muffled drum-kit, solid bass and hazy vocal which has an hypnotic, slightly psychedelic tinge, in which the listener finds their mind and body coexisting.

The songs thread through shifting dynamics, with some tracks fairly sprinting through the room, others almost motionless which adds to the magical mystery ride of the album which holds the attention throughout its approximately fifty three minutes of duration.

The second track on the LP is Where We Are.

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Blushing – Hidden Places – Audio

Blushing, the US dreamgaze quartet, have revealed the second track on the EP Weak which is set for release on the 18th.

Blushing - photo credit @eddie_chavez_

Blushing – photo credit @eddie_chavez_

Having now had the opportunity to listen to the full five track release (available on bandcamp) I am able to reaffirm my initial thoughts when featuring the title track back in November, that this is a EP to grab hold of on release.

Each song on the roughly twenty three minutes release is of slightly different texturing whilst each leaves the listener drawing thoughts of time having been slowed while gazing at distant galaxies expanding and contracting.

I draw particular attention to the closing track Love You Twice, which I am not able to share at this stage, though that isn’t to say the track I am able to feature – Hidden Places – is in anyway of lesser ingenuity.

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