Surfacing from Chicago (USA) the trio of Nicholas Ammerman (Guitar), Deric Criss (Drums) and Will MacLean (Moog Bass / Wurlitzer / Vocoder) are the dystopian-rock band Protovulcan who on the 25th of January 2019 will be releasing the double LP Life Is Twigs / Psychic Pinball.
Three years since their last LP, Stakes is Low (available on bandcamp), their return is more than welcome.
The first track to surface from the release – The Force Remains the Same – is marked by a darkness that rumbles through the room in which extensive use of delay pedal gives the music its irrepressible oppressive presence, laying all ground to dust in its wake.
It has been just over a year since the English protest-folk project of Jay McAllister – Beans On Toast – last featured. On the 1st the latest LP A Bird In The Hand was released.
As has proven to be the case with each of the previous nine albums, all of which have had a release date of the 1st of December, the tracks revolve around both personal experiences while cognisant of a wider world.
A Bird In The Hand (available on vinyl directly from the Beans On Toast website) is as much a celebration of the birth of a child as it is a reflection of the supporting structures outside the immediate family – with each of the ten tracks being both upbeat while simultaneously scathing of a society in which the silo has become the norm.
Although I am unable to share my pick of the release – Here At Homerton Hospital – the fourth track, the third track – Magic which I am, serves as fine introduction.
The synthwave creator Jane Elizabeth Hanley from Melbourne (Australia) who performs as Kids At Midnight is preparing for the release of the début LP early next year.
Somewhat reminiscent of mid ’90s club electrosynth the newest track By Your Side, which was released as a stand alone single on the 30th of November, adds a luxurious blanket of soft felt that wraps around the listener with the subsumed soundtrack, as though suspended on fine silk borne by a soft breeze, melting even the most fractious moment in to one of gentle teasing.
WARNING – the social media page links to Facebook which is perfectly fine to use.
The link to a website on the Facebook and the Soundcloud artist pages to a website both link to a site that has been hacked – do not click the link to the website for the band name page. I have alerted the Kids At Midnight representative and if this message warning message is removed from this location then the issue will have been resolved.
The trio of Craig (Guitar), Jimmy (Bass) and Rob (Drums) from Leicester (England) who form the maths-rock band Jouska are planning for an LP next year.
On the 30th of November they released the two track single Lunapark (available on bandcamp), both of which will be on the album, immediately strikes the ears with the finesse of interplay, in what are predominately instrumental compositions.
While being of the sharp angles anticipated by mathematical-rock they have been able to invest a sense of the sharp rebound of a snooker ball cannoning off the cushion of new rubber on a snooker table, which gives the music an unexpected organic ebb and flow.
My pick of the single – the second track – Stopped Clock, this sense of a living and breathing being is further enhanced by a shifting timestamp which gives the music, as well as spiked points, an ever changing signature. It of course does help, to my ears, that a prominent bass guitar proffers strings through the speakers for the listener to pluck.