Tallulah Rendall – The Banshee And The Moon – LP Review

It was back in 2011 that Tallulah Rendall first featured on the website and a new twelve track LP The Banshee And The Moon has recently been released.

Tallulah Rendall - LP launch

Tallulah Rendall – LP launch

To call this an LP in isolation would be to do an injustice as the release appears alongside a book with carefully curated images, a CD and for a few a limited edition, 200 to be precise, Vinyl version.

Opening with Run Let The River Run the tone is set for the mystical magical journey of The Banshee And The Moon.

Canary is a bewitching tale of escaping darkness with a track that showcases the range of the vocal dexterity of Tallulah Rendall whilst the rolling music settles the brain into a tempo to be found through the LP.

Pieces is an anthem to the 21st Century with the confusion of isolation and self reliance within a world that on the surface appears contiguous yet is fractured. The track despite its contemplative lyric is an up-tempo blues derived piece, which gives it an even more powerful testimony. My pick of the release as this to me distils the essence of The Banshee And The Moon.

She Rises up is a folkloric track in which the guitar flickers as-though the wings of a dragonfly caught in the sunlight of the voice, whilst the darker pool of a pond lays beneath.

Next is Shine On a composition which finds Tallulah Rendall as the chantress in a lonely bar in an isolated town dreaming of a world of fleeting opportune moments in life which should not be allowed to slip by un-beckoned.

Go My Way is another showcase for the soaring voice accompanied by bounding bass notes which cascade across the room.

Opening the second half of The Banshee And The Moon is Hear Me Now which combines the darker textures of the LP with a shining light of rock riffs that gives the the LP a bounce and a fine example of how Tallulah Rendall can continue to surprise and delight the listener.

The Banshee provides a summation of the LP with contrasts of lightness and dark. Reflective of the realities of life which burn and flash, but remain within the control of the individual, were the will sufficiently strong.

Following the optimism of The Banshee – Land Away is responsive to the fatigue of the daily grind of monotony which stifles dreams in a finely crafted piece of music.

Trust In Me finds a balance to the conundrums, looking forward to a brighter space, as the music brings in extensive piano to explore lighter moods, which remain tempered with a sense of sorrow.

Eyes continues to find the light flickering through the tunnel of confused emotions that is The Banshee And The Moon with a Gaelic dance temperance.

Concluding with Lost In The Moonlight which offers a route from the darkness in a piece which extends a map through the complexities of life.

Tallulah Rendall has put together more than a musical journey in The Banshee And The Moon as the accompanying materials are integral parts to the whole journey.

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Jubilee Courts – Go From the Blue Light into the Moonlight – EP Review

Jubilee Courts from England have their début five track EP – Go From the Blue Light into the Moonlight – set for release on the 4th August.

Jubilee Courts - Go From the Blue Light into the Moonlight - artwork

Jubilee Courts – Go From the Blue Light into the Moonlight – artwork

Opening an EP which reflects of life in urban alleyways City Flow which reminds of a time-lapse image of a busy road junction as the notes streak back and forth across the brain. The layers of sound flicker across the room before colliding into a kaleidoscope of aural imagery.

Next is Something Different which has a much more industrial feel to it as Jubilee Courts combine echoing shoegaze guitars with bass and percussion which lay down the under-pinning and predominate texture to the sound.

Outside Your House is my pick of the release as the band allows the music to flow more contextually through the whole piece with a resounding bass / percussion combination which tests the speakers, the synthetic sampler is given room to play more easily with the resulting out-put giving the track a sonorous presence, which is tempered neatly by the fragility of the psychedelic guitars.

Under The Sand Again is a triumph of of juxtapositions as the muffled vocal is allowed to express the context, whilst the guitars shimmer like sun bouncing off rippled seas and under-laying it lurks the spectre of unseen menaces as the bass roams like a circling predator and percussion dances in glee at the unfolding story-line.

Concluding  Go From the Blue Light into the Moonlight and what is a fine début EP by Jubilee Courts is Sunday Shift which is a well constructed composition as the band join forces and direction of travel to provide five and three quarter minutes of music that you just want to extend for eternity.


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Blaire Alise And The Bombshells – For My Darlin’ – LP Review

Blaire Alise And The Bombshells from The USA have a new ten track LP – For My Darlin’.

Blaire Alise And The Bombshells - For My Darlin' - artwork

Blaire Alise And The Bombshells – For My Darlin’ – artwork

Before you start – put on your dancing boots – Throwin’ Away (The Good You Had) opens the release with all of of sixteen seconds of plaintiff vocal, before the track evolves to hitting the dance floor and Blaire Alise And The Bombshells set to work at what they are good at – good old fashioned rockabilly.

Shakin’ takes the music to a dirtier rootsiness with stoking guitar to start the track before skittering into a racy hop and the remained of the piece the track switches between the moods – just to ensure the ears are kept in focus.

You Were Made For Me is of a different tempo with slightly different inflections and shows the band in another light, a great closer to the first third of For My Darlin’.

Next is Johnny Love which is my pick of the release as the mood stays in the slightly darker vestiges. It is coincidentally also the longest track on the LP coming in at just over four minutes.

Closing out the first half of the LP is Keep Your Hands Of My Man a number which would be a fine ending to any rock ‘n’ roll night, when finally there is no-one clinging on to the wall.

I Got Something is already known to regular readers as the video featured in February and is still fresh on replay.

Get Along With You features a percussion I thoroughly enjoy in a track that again scruffs it all up a bit and I have to say – I do rate this piece.

Brand New Baby is another well tempered composition and as the LP has developed many new shades of Blaire Alise And The Bombshells have come to light, which should see them set fair for a great future.

Don’t Come Round No More, although the shortest track on the release running at just shy of two minutes is pure delight.

Marking the end of For My Darlin‘ is Let Me Into Your Heart – a floor stomping number that sums up the joy and effervescence that is Blaire Alise And The Bombshells.

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The Cradles – Do You Wonder Why? – Single Review

The Welsh band The Cradles released their début single Do You Wonder Why? through Vivid Riot a couple of days ago.

The Cradles - Do You Wonder Why? artwork

The Cradles – Do You Wonder Why? artwork

Opening with the title track the music drifts dreamily into the room to a fanfare of percussion and bass before slowly coalescing in to a sound which builds and gains in munificence as it develops. Scintillating sharpened guitars gleam around the room whilst a vocal, tremulous with sympathy, rounds off the whole piece. A delightful introduction to a band who are able to expose the innards of the context.

The second track You Won’t Find Anyone Else has a mixture of  ’60s pop feel and a Lynchian film score to it. A thriving hive of activity within which The Cradles is able to both pack the two minutes with notes, yet also find the space to develop the drama of the piece.

Sadly the whole thing is over in just four and a half minutes. Yet that brief space of time is filled with music that seems to extend the seconds in which they deliver multifarious textures as the quintet each play an integral part to the build-up of the whole.

Given the début, The Cradles is a band to get to know and enjoy.

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Mincer Ray – Fellow Traveler – LP Review

Mincer Ray – based in Germany who were originally reviewed just over a year ago – when they were a trio and now quartet – and featured in the New Year Ninety 2014 have a new LP scheduled for release.

Mincer Ray - Fellow Traveler - artwork

Mincer Ray – Fellow Traveler – artwork

The ten track LP Fellow Traveler, as befits Mincer Ray, is an eclectic mix of moods which opens with I Sold My Soul To The Man & Now I Feel Ashamed a track with a title almost as long as the seventy seconds of music – a garagey lo-fi production sets the scene for the release.

A Pickaxe From My Mom is a fuzzy fast paced number an a song that highlights the humour of the musicians along with a catchy-hook that gets the head nodding in time. This I like very much.

Backwards Walkin’ is a strangely addictive country acoustic number in which Mincer Ray play with the formula to raise a smile for all those who hear it.

Great Tunk National Park brings in another mood completely as the band head off to a superbly rippling bass-line prior to heading to a collision of instruments and for its very chaotic nature this is worth getting hold of a copy of the LP for this track alone.

Closing out the first half of Fellow Traveler is Non-Denominational & Friendly which gives the band the opportunity to almost play it straight, though not quite, in a piece that flows from the saintly to the abstruse.

Bassmaster is of a different animal altogether as Mincer Ray head back to territory in which they excel with a fuzzy even paced psychedelic rock number, which shows the musicians in a completely different light, as they bring in sensitivity to the track.

Grand Tunk Plastic Lake again plays as a more serious composition and the combinations of sounds is an example of how the band are not only about enjoying making music, but they have the ability to write songs with complex interplay. My pick of the release as the droning metronomic bass is showered with sparks of gently interspersed melody, whilst percussion scatters in the background.

The Daily Motion + Arctic Drift is a melodramatic fast paced, almost military marching with a relentless driving beat until suddenly slowing to a funereal pace as the track closes out, giving the whole composition a poignancy.

Couch Neighbor Catherine is the longest piece on the track at just over five minutes in which the vocal is pushed to the fore in a surreal track.

Closing out My Fellow Traveler which is very much an LP of two halves is Das Grüne Tor that once again brings in the theme of crossed beat and melody. It is the ability of the band to switch things around both with ease and appropriately which makes their material something to look forward to, particularly as anticipating what will appear, is always a toss of a coin.

Not a band who will instantly engage those who are looking for straight up music, but, for those who like to explore the recesses there are few finer exponents than Mincer Ray.

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