The Australian synth-rock outfit Hedge Fund released the single True Romance on the 16th.
Having regularly featured since their introduction in 2015, though not for over a year now, True Romance finds Hedge Fund in more introspective mood than music of theirs previously shared.
The gap in new material and the more sadcore reflection are due to the same reasons. A tumultuous year has seen the death of a father and the breakdown of a marriage for the lead singer Will Colvin, resulting in a lyric that contemplates the loss of the most important people in ones life and the associated frustration, sense of failure and feeling of desperate isolation, yet through the dour thoughts the music is of comforting embrace as the instruments pulse through the speakers as the synth floats listlessly, creating a cathartic moment of sadness.
The English indie-rock quintet Ivory Waves released the single Cool Kids on the 16th.
Creating music which melts funk-rock with ’90s britpop and delivering music for the ’10s with a positive celebration of life and optimism the future, something many people need to do more often, marks out their defining characteristic.
As the first notes of Cool Kids emerge from the speakers, even the most jaded cynic finds their serotonin levels rising and a good mood sweeping through their mind.
Having rapidly established a local reputation for good time live performances their name is spreading more widely and the release of Cool Kids, which is supported by a six date England tour, can only accelerate their broader visibility.
4th Apr – Leeds – Lending Room
6th Apr – Coventry – Kasbah
19th Apr – Oxford – The Cellar
21st Apr – London – Nambucca
27th Apr – Birmingham – 02 Academy 3
28th Apr – Corby – The White Heart
Clear some space to join in with the party and then – hit play…
The Scotland based alt-rock quartet Long-Distance released the single Be A Man on the 16th.
Be A Man (available on bandcamp) is a blend of melancholic-rock and indie-dance which intrigues for the disparity of source influences that Long-Distance are able to deliver with a striking confidence that holds the listener fully absorbed.
The slowly bending guitar drifts through the speakers, as though a spectral imprint, while the quiet pinning of bass and drum lay as a frame for a signature vocal which is able to stretch to notes high and low enabling the band to impart a composition of intense emotions.
With only a couple of songs available, each a year apart, I merely hope that it isn’t a further twelve months before I next hear from Long-Distance.
The England based, German retro-garage duo Leisure Tank released the single HIGHER on the 14th.
The framework of HIGHER (available on bandcamp) is built on the back of a scratchy guitar which gives the song it retrospective analogue sound. Percussion snickers in the background as it skips in freeform akin to a spring-lamb while the guitar weaves between the fuzzy glitch and warm melodies embracing the alluring vocal that reaches out to the audience with a teasing biting bottom lip.
It has been a couple of years since Leisure Tank last revealed new recorded material, I merely hope it isn’t until 2020 they next surface.
The Australian alt-rock band Arcane Saints released the single Something Real on the 6th.
It has been over two years since they last featured and it comes as no surprise to discover the music has evolved.
Something Real finds the quartet in a fairly trippy mood in a song that has a retrospective feel and tangible warmth which emanates from the speakers leaving the audience with a becalming feeling of well-being.
The bending chords and notes of the guitars seemingly slow down time, while unhurried bass pulses below the surface and the elongated vocal adds to the sense of the psychedelia, with the percussion providing the only discernible sense of movement which allows the other elements to drift, as though in outer-space, without becoming lost travellers.