The Finnish synth-wave quartet Big Wave Riders will be releasing the LP Endless Summer later in the year.
Big Wave Riders – Photo by Anna-Mari Leppisaari
Last looked at back in 2012 Big Wave Riders took themselves out of the circuit for four years and the first track to surface from the forthcoming album – Escaping The City has a more dreamy texture than earlier material.
Slimmed down from a quintet they have conversely expanded their sound with the synths taking a prominent role in music which is given its lustre through slowing down of pace and the electronics expanding and evolving to form the rolling waves of sound.
Huoratron is the anxiety-electronica project of Aku Raski from Finland.
Huoratron – Photo (c) Arttu Kokkonen
Marking a step closer to a an LP slated for release later this year XXVI Crimes Of Love (itself being launched on the 19th) encapsulates the uncompromising sounds of Huoratron.
An industrial wasteland unfolds into the ears with a variety of techniques deployed to deliver a sense of rising anxiousness as distortion, melody, movement and incessant pulse beats its way around the room.
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The English indie band Dantevilles release the three track single Calm Before The Storm on the 25th.
Dantevilles – Calm Before the Storm – artwork
The middle track Sea Of Change has been made available in advance.
One is minded of a 21st Century version of Dexys Midnight Runners as Dantevilles proffer hula-hoops for the listener to wrap around their hips. Submerged in the happy-clappy disco-diva lies a message of poignancy, allowing the audience the ability to contemplate the societal barbs or wrest in the dance-floor, leaving neither feeling they are left out of the embrace.
There is a sound which should resonate with many around the globe, as their audience is precisely of those of Viola Beach, who people suddenly found interesting after they died. One hopes it will not be after some road accident that the world will take notice of Dantevilles.
Παύλος Παυλίδης (Pavlos Pavlidis) & B-Movies -Μια Πυρκαγιά Σ’ Ένα Σπιρτόκουτο (A Fire In A Matchbox) – Vinyl
From the dozen tracks on the album, the second Έλα Κοντά Μου (Come Close To Me), floats around the room in a surprisingly up-tempo canter, given much of the previous material. The combinations of electronics and strings weave around each other akin to oil and water, being brought together by the distinctive vocal allowing Παύλος Παυλίδης & B-Movies to generate intensity of passion with the brief, just under three minute, composition.
The Danish industrial rock quartet Childrenn released the LP Animale earlier this month.
Childrenn- Animale – test pressing
The first of the six tracks – Handcuffed scatters out of the speakers in a whir of heavy machinery prior to settling into slowly evolving psychedelic tinged rock. Childrenn allow their ideas to grow almost organically and the just under four minutes are filled with revolving expanses of similarity, much like thunderclouds billowing in a storm.
Handcuffed is the shortest track on Animale, less than half the running time of the longest, but sets a good stool as to what is to be expected on the Childrenn début LP. The fact that these are experienced musicians from established bands is clearly reflected in the confidence of the out-put, yet they refrain from becoming aloof and offer up some refreshingly new ideas through the album.