The Lebanese protest folk group فرقة الراحل الكبي (The Great Departed) were introduced late in 2016.
عماد حشيشو – فرقة الراحل الكبي
Their latest track من أجل هذا ولهذا (For This And That) which had not been planned for release just yet was brought to light with no fanfare for unanticipated reasons.
A few hours after the shooting of the video for من أجل هذا ولهذا the Oud player and main protagonist in this particular video – عماد حشيشو (Emad Hashisho) was killed in a car accident on the 9th of March.
The English indie-rock quintet Ivory Waves released the single Cool Kids on the 16th.
Creating music which melts funk-rock with ’90s britpop and delivering music for the ’10s with a positive celebration of life and optimism the future, something many people need to do more often, marks out their defining characteristic.
As the first notes of Cool Kids emerge from the speakers, even the most jaded cynic finds their serotonin levels rising and a good mood sweeping through their mind.
Having rapidly established a local reputation for good time live performances their name is spreading more widely and the release of Cool Kids, which is supported by a six date England tour, can only accelerate their broader visibility.
4th Apr – Leeds – Lending Room
6th Apr – Coventry – Kasbah
19th Apr – Oxford – The Cellar
21st Apr – London – Nambucca
27th Apr – Birmingham – 02 Academy 3
28th Apr – Corby – The White Heart
Clear some space to join in with the party and then – hit play…
Long time in gestation there is still no final word on the long awaited début LP however, after various line-up chsanges which has delayed progression, the latest track to surface Soul Crushing Ecstasy finds the band sounding better than it has on previous features, with a more complex narrative, part of which is from the studio post-production, the bulk being from a new found self-belief therefore, it may be a tad premature to raise as a thought, I do however get the sense the album is finally on its way.
The Scotland based alt-rock quartet Long-Distance released the single Be A Man on the 16th.
Be A Man (available on bandcamp) is a blend of melancholic-rock and indie-dance which intrigues for the disparity of source influences that Long-Distance are able to deliver with a striking confidence that holds the listener fully absorbed.
The slowly bending guitar drifts through the speakers, as though a spectral imprint, while the quiet pinning of bass and drum lay as a frame for a signature vocal which is able to stretch to notes high and low enabling the band to impart a composition of intense emotions.
With only a couple of songs available, each a year apart, I merely hope that it isn’t a further twelve months before I next hear from Long-Distance.
The US gaze-rock quintet Spirits Of Leo will be releasing the LP Equinox on the 23rd.
Spirits Of Leo
The latest track to surface from the album (which is available on bandcamp) the ninth of the sixteen – Eden – glides through the room as though a ghostly apparition as the shadowy silhouette of the shimmering echoing vocal and guitars are given formation by forceful bass / percussion combinations with the dreamy synth drifting in out out of focus in a song that minds the listener of early ’80s synth-rock.