The US drone duo Outer Gods release the EP Dismal Drift on the 24th of June.
Outer Gods – Dismal Drift – artwork
Pull back your chair, rest the light and allow yourself to float.
From the just under one and a quarter hour five track EP – the opener is Black Mountain Drone, which does exactly what it says on the tin. Minding of North facing mountain cliffs (or South facing if one is climbing in the Southern Hemisphere), the approaching twenty five minute track paces the pulsing arms and legs with the slow progress up a 2 000 metre face whilst showered in falling rocks and ice across a barren face of unremitting incline and overhang, yet despite the fact of being held by points of crampons supported by aching thighs and cramped calves, with arms screaming from scratching pick points into lumps of fragile connection, the expansive beauty of the outlying crops of geological formation holds the mind transfixed and the inner turmoil subsides to reflect on the surrounding disinterest in ones own comparative tenuousness.
Dismal Drifting is an EP I most certainly recommend getting hold of to add to ‘comparative contemplation music playlist’.
Sadly, I am only permitted to share with you the compacted seven and a half minute version of Black Mountain Drone at this point in time.
The US garage-surf quintet Mrs. Magician were introduced earlier in the year.
Sleep It Off is a track on the forthcoming Mrs. Magician LP – Bermuda – due for release on the 20th of May and is also on the 22 track Compilation LP Hardcore Matinee which was released on the 16th through Swami Records with proceeds from Hardcore Matinee being donated to The Museum School in San Diego and to be used exclusively for their music department.
Mark John is an alt-rock duo from England comprising Mark Race (Rhythm guitar / Vocals) with Richards Woods (Lead Guitar).
Mark John – Long Time Coming – artwork
Having earned stripes as a busking and pub project Mark John has deservedly gained traction, resulting in the début three track single Long Time Coming being released on the 20th of May.
The opening track – Stay Awhile is an acoustic number, which displays the emotive connections and the vocal reach of Mark Race.
The middle track – Long Time Coming, offers more intricate instrumentation, sliding gently into a bridging blues-rock-folk number which adds the dimension of piano and bowed strings into the mix.
The concluder – Let It Out despite being the longest track is the punchiest and inevitably my pick of the release as the rolling beat jogs around the room.
Word also arrives Mark John may well extend the line-up in due course, replacing the drum machine in recording and lack of drums in live performance. I look forward to that development and aim to keep you updated in the future of a talented song-writing duo who add much to the world of music.