C Duncan – Impossible – Audio

The Scottish alt-rock multi-instrumentalist C Duncan will be releasing the LP Health on the 29th of March.

C Duncan - Photo credit - Jordan Curtis Hughes
C Duncan – Photo credit – Jordan Curtis Hughes

With a step change from previous material, Health, the third album emerges away from a home studio to work with other producers, engineers and musicians, which paradoxically has allowed the LP to explore, to a far greater extent, more personal aspects of life and affords the music a more emotional tie to the audience as the songs contemplate, love, health and sexuality.

The first track to surface from the album, Impossible (released as a stand-alone single yesterday), which is the third of the dozen tracks is a contrast of jaunty, trotting, instrumentation that has a spaghetti western feel laid to a, melancholic, lyrical reflection of a long distance relationship with a former boyfriend.

Impossible – Single – C Duncan is available on iTunes.*

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Black Leather Jacket – Village People – Video

The trio of Alexander Van Der Wallen (Vocals / Bass), Mathijs Van Der Wallen (Drums / Backing Vocals) and Nicolas D’Exelle (Guitar / Backing Vocals) from Essen (Belgium) who form the garage band Black Leather Jacket are finalising details of their début LP.

Black Leather Jacket
Black Leather Jacket

Occasionally it makes sense to have everyone singing in chorus and with Black Leather Jacket – it most certainly does as the listener finds themselves joining in too with the first track to surface, from what I anticipate to be an LP for party night, Village People – filling the room with a joyful unornamented buzz of good-time energy… where did setting eleven go on the volume dial?

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The Coathangers – Bimbo – Audio

The new wave trio of Julia Kugel (Vocals / Guitar), Meredith Franco (Vocals / Bass) and Stephanie Luke (Vocals / Drums) from Atlanta (USA) who form the band The Coathangers will be releasing the LP The Devil You Know on the 8th of March.

The Coathangers
The Coathangers

The eleven tracks on the album (available on bandcamp) open with – Bimbo – which sets the scene for a release in which all the listener will be asked to do, is tickle the speakers louder and clear some space to dance the night away to the infectious beat, intoxicating melodies and interweaving voices.

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Norvhar – Fest In Midgard – Audio

The celtic-metal sextet of Matt (Vocals), Nicolas (Guitar), Tristan (Keyboard), Guillaume (Guitar), Matthieu (Bass) and Axel (Drums), from Lausanne (Switzerland), who form the band Norvhar will be releasing their début LP Kauna on the 16th of February.

Norvhar
Norvhar

Released as a standalone single today (available on bandcamp) – Fest In Midgard -, which is the second single to appear from Kauna, opens to a quiet strumming in to which the mind prepares for a softly laid celtic ballad only for the scabrous vocal to hurtle though the speakers, immediately cloaking the room in a bewitching Nordic folk-tale of legendary battles in dark forests.

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Ex Hex – Cosmic Cave – Audio

Consecutive features by bands from Washington D.C. (USA) is it something to antagonism about Trump in the White House I wonder? This time around the new-wave trio of Mary Timony, Laura Harris, Betsy Wright who form the band Ex Hex who will be releasing the LP It’s Real on the 22nd of March.

Ex Hex
Ex Hex

Other than suggesting to turn up the speakers and loose yourself in the retrospective warm brushes of the music, I merely add if the eighth track – Cosmic Cave – of the eleven on the LP (which is available on bandcamp) doesn’t have you swooning and join in with the invitation to ‘come on dance with me‘ then you are probably reading the wrong music review site.

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