Antonioni – Stutter-Step – Audio

The quartet of Sarah Pasillas (Guitar / Vocals / Keys), Kyle Todaro (Drums), Austin Dean (Guitar / Vocals) and Ben Dorcy (Bass), from Seattle (USA) who form the alt-rock band Antonioni release the EP The Odds Were All Beating Me on the 10th.

Antonioni
Antonioni

Antonioni continually shuffle the pack to create tracks of very different atmosphere on the EP (which is available on bandcamp).

Sometimes the keys are given spotlight giving compositions an ethereal nature, other times the guitar leads the way generating songs of more corporeal texture.

Stutter-Step, the most recent song to be revealed and the closer on the EP is an animated two step track which chivvies the audience out on the dance-floor.

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Ben deHoedt – The River Will Flow Again – Audio

On the 1st the tripped-out folk creator Ben deHoedt from Melbourne (Australia) released the LP The Gentle Northern Wind.

Ben deHoedt
Ben deHoedt

An eleven track album (available on bandcamp) of voluminous progressive psychedelia filtered through the lens of acoustic guitar and hazy vocal leaving the audience with a sense of both timelessness and weightlessness and it takes the mind some little while to readjust to normality after ingesting the approximately fifty one minutes run time of The Gentle Northern Wind.

The River Will Flow Again is the third track.

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Polar Bodies

On the 1st the quintet of Anson Wind (vocals), Karsten Gulsrud (Guitar), Alec Kocjancic (Guitar), Kyle Nakaji (Bass) and Miles Dixon (Drums) from Longmont (USA) who form the garage rock band Polar Bodies released their début LP Garage Sessions.

Polar Bodies
Polar Bodies

On occasion you just know you have fallen in to a group of musicians, even in their early stages, who have far to go and long legs in their career and Polar Bodies are just a case in point.

The six track album (available on bandcamp) is eighteen minutes of music that immediately has the listener looking to book tickets to fly out and see them in live performance – those in Colorado are better placed than most of us.

Scrabbling from the speakers is an unpretentious roll of sound that fires through the room in sparks of self-contained enthusiastic energy.

My pick of the release is the second song – and appropriately named Getting To Know You.

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Fjerstad – Banging The Guixian Tam-Tam – Audio

The experimental electronica musician Chad Fjersta from Los Angeles (USA) who performs as Fjerstad will be releasing the LP 8​-​Circuit Neurorgasmic Trigger on the 11th.

Fjerstad
Fjerstad

The ten track album (available on bandcamp) opens with the five and a half minutes of Banging The Guixian Tam-Tam – which is a luxurious glitched dubstep that fills the room with mesmerising, trance inducing voices-off and melting threads of silky electronica tethered by loping bass cuts that rumble through the speakers like beetles swarming in damp, rotting wood deep inside a pine forest.

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Dead Fall – Drowned Out – Audio

The alt-rock quintet of Jake Gambatese (Vocals), Ryan Task (Guitar), Anthony Lupica (Guitar), Nick Barker (Drums) and Trevor Schafer (Bass) from Kent (USA) who form the band Dead Fall will be releasing the EP Never Expected on the 25th.

Dead Fall
Dead Fall

The first track to surface from the EP – Drowned Out – was itself made available as a standalone single on the 2nd (available on bandcamp).

A pulsing and powerful exposition of highly capable musicians who are able to dig out gnarly riffs as well as tender melodies encased inside an emo wrapper to deliver a track that whets the listeners appetite for the full release.

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