The Lebanese protest folk group فرقة الراحل الكبي (The Great Departed) were introduced late in 2016.
عماد حشيشو – فرقة الراحل الكبي
Their latest track من أجل هذا ولهذا (For This And That) which had not been planned for release just yet was brought to light with no fanfare for unanticipated reasons.
A few hours after the shooting of the video for من أجل هذا ولهذا the Oud player and main protagonist in this particular video – عماد حشيشو (Emad Hashisho) was killed in a car accident on the 9th of March.
Scrambled Limbs is an English trippy-rock project.
Whilst musicians creating psychedelic influenced music are, in general, underpinned by a sense of good-feelings and journey in to expansive thought, Scrambled Limbs is able to take that – not such good a trip – and turn it in to an eight track, roughly three quarters of an hour LP – Portmanteau (available on bandcamp) – exploring insecurities and anxieties, with a deft skill, as, rather than leaving the listener raked with inner turmoil, the mind finds a quiet pleasure in the what could easily have become a journey of despair.
My pick of a release that once started on the opening song the listener finds the need to continue to listen to without disturbance, until its conclusion – is the fifth – Rainmaker Struggle.
Long time in gestation there is still no final word on the long awaited début LP however, after various line-up chsanges which has delayed progression, the latest track to surface Soul Crushing Ecstasy finds the band sounding better than it has on previous features, with a more complex narrative, part of which is from the studio post-production, the bulk being from a new found self-belief therefore, it may be a tad premature to raise as a thought, I do however get the sense the album is finally on its way.
The US gaze-rock quintet Spirits Of Leo will be releasing the LP Equinox on the 23rd.
Spirits Of Leo
The latest track to surface from the album (which is available on bandcamp) the ninth of the sixteen – Eden – glides through the room as though a ghostly apparition as the shadowy silhouette of the shimmering echoing vocal and guitars are given formation by forceful bass / percussion combinations with the dreamy synth drifting in out out of focus in a song that minds the listener of early ’80s synth-rock.
The US lofi-garage trio Eggs On Mars released the LP In A Desert Place on the 15th.
Eggs On Mars
There is a retro-feel to the music which they deliver in an unadorned naive form, giving the compositions an earthy honesty, that captivates the listeners attention. Eggs On Mars are able to deliver tracks which leave the listener feeling well disposed to the world as the untouched songs slip in to earshot, warts and all.
My pick of the nine track, plus one remix, album (available on bandcamp) being the fourth – Don’t Send Me.