Octavio Mai – Yeux Turquoise – Video

The dreamwave duo of Juliette Elbaz (Vocals / Guitar/ Keyboards) and Johan Putet (Vocals / Keyboards / Drum Machine) split between Lyon and Paris (France) will be releasing their début EP on the 15th of March.

Octavio Mai
Octavio Mai

On the 18th they released, as a standalone single, Yeux Turquoise.

An approximately three and a half minutes luxurious wave of spectral vocal, silken electronica and keys that warps around the listener is the listener in softly whisked creamy layers.

Yeux turquoise – Single – Octavio Mai is available on iTunes.*

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Jameth – Mr. Frog – Audio

The US jazz-hop musician James Craven who performs as Jameth released the LP Wacky-Fun yesterday.

Jameth
Jameth

A seven track album, which as it suggests on the tin doesn’t take itself too seriously, with mundane subjects being taken to an extremis parody of themselves, yet, within the eclectic mix of material lay one or two gems.

My selection of which is the antepenultimate song – Mr. Frog – an acerbic look at societal structures in which irrelevant differences are magnified into warring chasms while all quietly acquiescing to a mantra of inane platitudes.

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Kimberly Townsend – Steps – Audio

The alt-folk creator Kimberly Townsend based in New York (USA) released the EP The History and the Heart of It on the 18th.

Kimberly Townsend - photo credit - Ambe J. Photography
Kimberly Townsend – photo credit – Ambe J. Photography

The five track EP takes the journey on a wide journey of soul and folk influenced songs, though each being of different texturing, with some led by strings bowed or strummed, others keys, there is a commonality of tie which is the emotionally charged voice which immediately catches the listeners attention and holds them entranced through the roughly seventeen minutes release.

My pick of the release being the middle track Steps.

The History and the Heart of It – EP – Kimberly Townsend is available on iTunes.*

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Spiral Stairs – HYP-NO-TIZED – Audio

Currently based in the Yucatán Peninsula (Mexico) the alt-rock project of Scott KannbergSpiral Stairs – is set to release the LP We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized on the 22nd of March.

Spiral Stairs
Spiral Stairs

Working with a stretch of other musicians, on the basis of the first track to surface from the album and also the first of the ten on the LP (available on bandcamp), which appeared less than twenty hours ago, HYP-NO-TIZED, it looks set to be a release of twists and turns anchored by fulsome, warming, rock’n’roll.

The catchy HYP-NO-TIZED opens with an expectation of a freestyle jazz number prior to the rootsy-beat kicking in with the trumpet become absorbed within the infectious, winding guitar, chorused vocal and double time drum-kit which launches on the listener on to the dance floor.

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おとぼけビ~バ~ (Otoboke Beaver) – あなたわたし抱いたあとよめのめし (You Are The One After Me – I Want Another) – Video

The Kyoto (Japan) quartet of あっこりんりん (Accorinrin) (Vocal / Guitar), よよよしえ (Yoyoyoshie) (Guitar / Backing Vocals), ひろちゃん (Hiro-chan) (Bass / Backing Vocals) and ぽっぷ (Kahokiss) (Drums / Backing Vocals) who form the new wave band おとぼけビ~バ~ (Otoboke Beaver) release the LP ITEKOMA HITS on the 15th of March.

おとぼけビ~バ~ (Otoboke Beaver)
おとぼけビ~バ~ (Otoboke Beaver)

The fourteen track album (available on bandcamp) fizzes with an unbridled energy that covers the listener with a coat of bursting bubbles which launch them on to the dance-floor to pogo with the snarling snaps of the tracks.

あなたわたし抱いたあとよめのめし (You Are The One After Me – I Want Another) is the penultimate song.

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