The Rumble Skulls – Why You Are – Single Review

It has been a couple of years since the electro-rock outfit The Rumble Skulls from England last featured, which is more due to my inept administration than lack of new material.

The Rumble Skulls - Why You Are -artwork

The Rumble Skulls – Why You Are -artwork

The latest track to surface, Why You Are, that appeared on the 15th, again displays the free movement of the music with the roving combinations of effects and rocky guitar painting a landscape of intricate weaves, rounded by an unexpectedly expansive vocal that brightens the day for its presence and offers a moment in which to rest the barbs of the day.

Rumour also has it that an LP is waiting in the wings for release later in the year, which I look forward to hearing.

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Two Cartoons – Less People (Less Traffic) – Single Review

The haze-rock duo of Bradley Craig and Isaac McFarlane from Dunedin (New Zealand), known as Two Cartoons, released the single Less People (Less Traffic) on the 12th.

Two Cartoons

Two Cartoons

Their back catalogue of music is an intoxicating blend of drifting melancholia laced with party balloons and a dash of sarcasm which enables them to reveal music that burrows its way deep in to the listeners limbic system and Less People (Less Traffic) continues in that vein.

Blurry guitar meanders through the room in stop start motion, as though snuffling the nooks and crannies of the skirting board, while a busy percussion tumbles through the speakers with the vocal bleeding through a hazy voile.

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The Bright Lights – The Rise And The Fall – Single Review

The English new-wave quartet The Bright Lights revealed their latest track – The Rise And The Fall – on the 13th.

The Bright Lights

The Bright Lights

As I have mentioned in previous features, a quartet who keep a low profile, are going even further underground as The Rise And Fall will be their last reveal for a while.

Once again, clear a space to join in with the blustering gale that is The Bright Lights with the hard pressing bass and percussion rattling the window frames, while the guitar bends in to contortions of blistered rock, rock-a-billy chords and in this instance, ska rhythm, to enable their music to always be of a multi-dimensional journey and as ever topped out by the singularity of the mesmeric vocal that is able to shape the songs like a chameleon changing colours.

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Violet – Heaven Adores You – Single Review

The English haze-rock quintet Violet released the single Heaven Adores You on the 12th.

Violet - photo credit - Rachel Spivey

Violet – photo credit – Rachel Spivey

Rotating reverb and effects fold one around the other, akin to a solar corona as dawn breaks, with the elongated notes of the three guitars diffusing in to multicoloured fractals, while a brit-pop vocal gives the song a semblance to ’90s grunge and bass and percussion tethering the slowly paced piece like a dragging anchor – as the music fills the room with immersive and ever expanding layers of tripped out rock in to which the listener succumbs their senses to ease away the stresses and strains of the daily grind of life.

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Psychic Love – Go Away Green – Single Review

On the 5th the Los Angeles (USA) trippy-rock project Psychic Love centred around Laura Peters (Vocals / Various instruments / Keys / Electronica) released the single Go Away Green.

Psychic Love - photo by @oh_jay

Psychic Love – photo by @oh_jay

Perhaps perspicaciously, in light of the long lasting effects of the psychedelic wash of the previous article Psychic Love does too deliver tripped out compositions.

Go Away Green unifies, grungy footstep, chanson and dreamwave to create a song that has an almost tangible creamy richness to it which finds the listener futilely reaching out to embrace as it flows through the room.

The unhurried phrases of the composition affords the music the mystical, alluring beauty which holds the audience entranced through the four and a half minutes duration.

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