Nightwalk – Nightwalk – Audio

Dakota Doney is a US alt-rock creator who creates music under the name Nightwalk.

Nightwalk

Nightwalk

The most recent release, a fourteen track LP,  The Abyss showcases the talents of what is self-evidently an able musician.

Songs travel widely including electrowave and rock ‘n’ roll while taking in acoustic led ballad and more along the way, each more than competently executed, finding the audience captured by the array of tracks and unflustered by the changing moods of the album.

My pick of the release being the aptly, project named, fifth song Nightwalk, which infuses a mélange of styles in to the six minutes and ten seconds of its duration and captures the essence of the complete LP.

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Jay Draper & The Subterraneans – Scatterbrain – Audio

The Canadian electro-rock project Jay Draper & The Subterraneans released the AA side single Belly Of The Beast / Scatterbrain on the 5th.

Jay Draper & The Subterraneans - photo by Tyrone Islington

Jay Draper & The Subterraneans – photo by Tyrone Islington

Those of longer stay may recall the name Jay Draper from the band The Scarlet Fever, introduced in 2015. The other main collaborator on the project being Justin Minister from the band Amy’s Arms.

Whilst the single (available on bandcamp) is of similar style to their other projects, being combinations of natural instrumentation and synthesis, the music, perhaps unexpectedly given that the other environments being of gothic architecture, brings a slightly different soundtrack to the table.

My selection being Scatterbrain.

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3XIT – Blue – Audio

3XIT is a Canadian house project.

3XIT

3XIT

Three tracks exist, two of which surfaced a few hours ago and although it is only January – I am already transported to Summer in Ibiza.

Turn up the bass, flicker the lights and loose yourself in the deep grooves of a track that you can expect to hear frequently in clubs – Blue.

website (be aware music starts on a one minute loop immediately with no means to stop it other than – on Windows – right clicking the mouse then finding controls, pausing and then finally silence – other operating systems I am unable to advise)

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The Low Countries – Putty – Audio

The Low Countries, an England based alt-folk outfit, are planning to release the LP We Weathered The Storm in March.

The Low Countries - Putty

The Low Countries

After a dearth of new material since 2016 it was a delight to discover there is more in the offing from a troupe who are able to able to deliver music which teeters betwixt the stool of melancholic despondency and optimistic glee without ever seeming at odds with the juxtaposition.

The first track to surface from the album, which itself will be released as a stand alone single on the 26th, Putty, (a revision of the original which appeared on the 2014 LP – A Prize Everytime) extrapolates the contrasts of their material as the dour vocal lays astride accompanying guitars, harmonica and percussion, which has the listener both bleary eyed and stamping feet with wide grin at one and the same moment.

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johnny utah – Elliott’s Song – Audio

The US lofi creator johnny utah released the eponymous LP on the 8th.

johnny utah

johnny utah

A six track album (available both as a cassette and a digital download through the Slovakian label Z Tapes on bandcamp) that meanders through the room in muzzy waves, akin to attempting to focus the eyes after a night out in a bar and similar to the blurry vision, while the brain relaxes in its hazy cloudiness, so the the listener is equally left with a sense of pleasurable disconnection.

My pick of the release being the third on the LP – Elliott’s Song.

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