ArsenLuna – Foolish Things – Audio

ArsenLuna is a South African art-rock project.



Only seven songs are available to hear, revealed in blocks of three roughly half a year apart plus one song surfacing just over a month ago, each timestamp being of different staging, held together by an impressively expressive vocal and mood setting pianoforte.

The most recent set, under the collective name of Bleu, surfaced on the 13th and resonates of theatrical setting with the songs taking on the demeanour of both off-stage whisper and expansive back of house resonance.

Charne Cathleen Vermeulen in the guise of ArsenLuna is a musician I look forward to hearing more of in short order possessing both a completely absorbing voice as well as finely tuned song writing ability.

By way of an introduction from Bleu – the closer Foolish Things.

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Secret Mutilator – God I Love Your Picture – Audio

Secret Mutilator, a US dark-glitch outfit, released their début LP Telcel on the 14th.

Secret Mutilator - photo credit @bigepoch

Secret Mutilator – photo credit @bigepoch

Thumping distortion breaks through the speakers immediately dissipating in to showers of individual filaments that claw in to the eardrum.

The roughly nineteen minutes release (available on bandcamp) is needed to be heard at full extension of sub-woofer, tweeters and volume set to inordinately loud  to fully enjoy the dynamic range and sheer brutality of the compositions which, like a corpse reaching from a grave, clamp around the ankle holding the listener in frozen fear.

God I Love Your Picture is the antepenultimate of the eight songs.

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UV – Joys Of Pain – Audio

UV is an English spectral-wave project.



Finalising the details of the début four track eponymous EP pencilled in for release in November, a couple of songs were packaged together as a two track single and released on bandcamp on the 17th.

The roughly twenty minutes complete EP is a luscious weave of instrumentation, electronica and vocal which, in layers of fine silk, build substantive architectural imagery, yet despite the complexity of the compositions are able to retain the individual translucent fibres which affords the songs their ethereal presence.

By way of an introduction – the penultimate of the four songs on the EP and the closer on the single – Joys Of Pain.

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AciD – Never On My Mind – Audio

The US mod trio AciD release the LP The In Part Of The Out Crowd on the 7th of September.

AciD - photo by Jenny Vickers

AciD – photo by Jenny Vickers

The retrospective concentrate of the tracks lifts the listener immediately to south coast summer beaches of England in the ’60s with scooters, parkas and dark sunglasses spoiling for a rumble with rockers.

Taught drumskin allows percussion to ping across the room like a dart, the bubbling bass gives the countenance of an ill-temper brewing just under the surface while compacted guitar occasionally stretches the strings as though a snarling dog looking to slip the leash with the laid-back vocal which reverberates in to an elongated sneer gives the music an unexpected, though goes some way in identifying the source of the name of the band, beatnik tincture.

A ten track album which contains numerous highlights – with Never On My Mind – the third song – being my pick of the release. A song which pulls to memory something else, which I can’t quite bring to the forefront of my mind to name, though you may well recall immediately.


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King Catcher – Do You Like It? – Single Review

King Catcher, the English nu-disco duo surfaced with their latest track on the 16th.

King Catcher - Do You Like It? - artwork

King Catcher – Do You Like It? – artwork

On each occasion I become aware of new material by King Catcher the feeling is similar to turning out the light to dress while randomly plucking items of clothing from the rails of a fancy-dress shop and on each occasion being delighted by the wacky wardrobe, which may be bright and spangly, tight and dayglo or smooth and muted.

This time around – the attire is of flared trousers, tailored suit-coat and neon baseball boots as Do You Like It? stretches through the room in wave of sartorial elegance prior to dissolving in to a number inviting the listener to step on to the under-lighting of the dance-floor and groove away the day.

Yourself, what about you, Do You Like It?.

Do You Like It? – Single – King Catcher is available on iTunes.*

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