Jamie Woodfin Jr. – Life In A Bubble – Audio

The alt-rock project of Jamie Woodfin Jr. from Louisville (USA) creates music of dark demeanour.

Jamie Woodfin Jr

Jamie Woodfin Jr

A week yesterday the twelve track LP Synchronized Noise (available on bandcamp) was released. An album that displays a variety of influences in the output, with each track drawing from different wells, though always in common is a rooting in rock and a brooding, oppressive, countenance.

The half-spoken vocals enables the songs to create searing rumbles of ominous presence which roll through the room as though borne of stormy clouds.

Life In A Bubble is the sixth track.


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Seatbelts – Content Crush – Audio

The quartet of James Madden, Ryan Murphy, Abigail Woods and Alex Quinn who form the Liverpool (England) trippy rock band are working towards the release of the EP Please Slow Down.

Seatbelts - photo by Corey Rid

Seatbelts – photo by Corey Rid

The first track to come from the EP – Content Crush – is of slightly different air to previous material of theirs with a more dreamy and glazed eyes soundbase, having a tincture of British invasion in the swaying melodies while still retaining the hints of Talking Heads having had a night of heady spliffs.

The mellowed stretched bars, rich with bass clarinet, keys, and guitar,  seep through the room in layers of almost tangible smokey layers in to which the listener finds their synapses pulse in syncopated rhythm with a warm feel-good rush filling body and mind as the crunch of daily life recedes in to the distance.

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Owen Lake And The Tragic Loves – Pardon Me, I’ve Got Someone to Kill – Audio

Owen Lake And The Tragic Loves, the electro-country project of Owen Lake with Pamela Stein Lynde (Vocals), Domenica Romagni (Vocals), Anica Mrose Rissi (Fiddle), Mike Mulshine (Bass synthesiser), Mark Harris (Electric Guitar), Dave Van Allen (Pedal Steel) and Mark Eichenberger (Electronic Drums) in live performance, from Princeton (USA), releases the LP The Best of Your Lies on the 30th.

Owen Lake And The Tragic Loves

Owen Lake And The Tragic Loves

Drawing from the well of sad-times country Owen Lake And The Tragic Loves in The Best of Your Lies are able to paint far more than the anticipated bible-belt white Christian fundamentalist self-pity and are able to deliver a sound track which invites a broader audience to the room with an intriguing dozen track, roughly forty minutes, of drifting electronica melancholia (available on bandcamp) and as regular readers know I am always a sucker for a Pedal Steel, thereby making this a release I recommend getting to know on its release.

Pardon Me, I’ve Got Someone to Kill is the fifth of the songs.


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Nomadic Massive – Move In Silence – Audio

Vox Sambou, Nantali Indongo, Lou Piensa, Waahli, Ali Sepu, Meryem, Butta Beats and Rawgged based in Montréal (Canada) who form the world-hop band Nomadic Massive released the EP MIWA on the 23rd.

Nomadic Massive

Nomadic Massive

Nomadic Massive merely ask of the audience to stretch the limbs, cast aside points of difference with others and sway to the beats.

Originating from Chile, Haiti, Canada, Brazil, France, Jamaica, Algiers and Brazil their disparate influences are reflected in their multilingual output which immediately lifts the listener on to the dance floor to join with the relaxed party mood of the hip-hop derived compositions.

The five tracks on MIWA (available on bandcamp) are each of very different source derivative – the penultimate song is Move In Silence.


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Dante Hadden – Most Nights – Audio

The alt-folk musician Dante Hadden, from Vancouver (Canada), will be releasing the EP Most Nights on the 21st of December.

Dante Hadden

Dante Hadden

A five track EP of variegated dappled tracks that mind the listener of walking through a silver-birch copse in late autumn with the rays of the sun filtered through the sparse foliage and the scent of damp leaves underfoot as the roughly eighteen evocative minutes of the release percolate through mind, sometimes led by guitar other times by a melancholic pianoforte, yet always focused on the distinctive vocal.

The first song to surface from the EP – the title track and opening song Most Nights was itself released as a stand alone single on the 23rd.


Most Nights – Single – Dante Hadden is available on iTunes.*

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