The compelling sadcore melodies pall brooding shadows through the room in the approximately sixteen minutes release (available on bandcamp) which hold the audience in ethereal embrace.
The flow of violin and electronica enables the music to inflect the haunting beauty of the omnipresent melancholia which is filtered through the harmonies of voice. The softened guitars layer the changing shapes of sound while the subdued percussion and bass form an unobtrusive though firm framework for the compositions.
The US folk duo 10 String Symphony released the LP Generation Frustration on the 13th.
10 String Symphony
Named after the selection of instruments which consists of one of two styles of five string fiddle and a five string banjo 10 String Symphony are able to capture music that has an earthiness which underpins an expansive vocal through which subtle intonations of electronica blend the edges.
Unsurprisingly the songs have a bluegrass inflection, that in the new LP is interwoven, appropriately, with a celtic lilt having been produced in Scotland, of unexpected note is the politically charged nature of the music, which by album title alone – Generation Frustration – alerts to the perspective.
My pick of the release is the antepenultimate of the ten The Ballad Of Bruno.
The Australian trippy-rock band Circle will be releasing the LP Another 69 Love Songs later this year.
The first song to be revealed from the forthcoming album – Our Imaginary Past – has the calm intonation of their signature sound, which in this instance has a vaguely yé-yé lilt to the composition while a spread of instrumentation is invited to the sit at the dining table – resulting in song that holds some intrigue as to what is on menu in the full LP.
The Australian alt-rock quartet Tape/Off released the LP Broadcast Park on the 13th.
Four years since their last album – Chipper – the eleven tracks of Broadcast Park (available on bandcamp) find the quartet in fine spirit with a release that holds a quiet self-assured confidence which strikes the listener from opening to closing note in the roughly forty four minutes run-time.
Unhurried compositions measure their pacing through percussion or bass guitar as each composition deems fit, which enables Tape/Off to create, with alacrity, music of ever different mood.
The interweaving of the two six string guitars allow the songs their breadth of process which in this release threads from fuzzy garage through stoic solemnity to trippy psychedelia with the vocal equally able to meet requirements with passages of imploring passion through half-spoken rhetoric to mumbled query.