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.

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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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President of What? – TRAILERPARK – Audio

The Irish angst-rock duo President of What? released the single TRAILERPARK on the 6th.

President of What? - TRAILERPARK

President of What?

Turning their attention to another aspect of life President Of What? take their tongue in cheek sharp scissors to the subject of marijuana which they lay to a backdrop of urban rap – giving the song an even greater sense of their cynicism of the perspective taken by many bureaucrats with the hyperbole and hysteria surrounding the smoking of weed.

TRAILERPARK is available on bandcamp.

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