Desmerelda – This Time – Single Review

The English garage-rock trio Desmerelda were introduced just over a year ago.

Desmerelda - This Time

Desmerelda

Their newest track – This Time – is a mix of spikey-top new wave, progressive-blues and single string, middle-eastern tradition, steel that all rumbles through the room like watching a freight train rush past whilst standing on a railway-station platform with the different shaped carriages speeding along in seemingly random order – hit play and that descriptor will all make much more sense than attempting to work out what any of it means – though before you do – make sure the volume is turned high to fully enjoy the three and a half minutes of music.

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Astral Trip – ROCK TH!S D!SCO – Single Review

The English alt-rock duo Astral Trip released the two track single ROCK TH!S D!SCO – on the 16th.

Astral Trip - ROCK TH!S D!SCO

Astral Trip

Last featured back in 2016 it is good to catch up again with their sludgy beat which always adds to the weave of life.

Rock This Disco (available on bandcamp) finds Astral Trip striding in to the glitterball of nu-disco a development which superbly fits with their signature gloopy sounds which fits like a glove with the darkened shadows of the genre.

Now I’m Free (also available on bandcamp via a separate link) is more reminiscent of their rock derivative and my selection of the two songs.

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Dream Map – Time – Single Review

The Hungarian, Netherlands ambient-electronica duo Dream Map released the single Time on the 13th.

Dream Map

Dream Map

Having got together towards the end of last year Dream Map only have two tracks around, both belie the short time they have been together with the well structured and judged compositions transfixing the audience with their unruffled flowing elegance.

The most recent being the just under four and a quarter minutes of Time. A luxurious pillow of radiating electronica heralds the entrance of the absorbing vocal and fills the room with gently undulating washes of colour in to which the listener finds themselves merging as one in with the misty, dreamy soundtrack.

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Night Drive – Anyone’s Ghost – Single Review

The US new-romantics outfit Night Drive released the single Anyone’s Ghost on the 12th.

Night Drive - photo by Brian Gray Photography

Night Drive – photo by Brian Gray Photography

Transporting the listener back to the early ’80s with the follow-up to their eponymous and début LP of last year, Night Drive in Anyone’s Ghost (which is available on bandcamp) fill the room with luscious threads of silky synth with the delayed vocal dissolving in to cascading echoes as the drums can be felt taking over the pace of the heart and the listener finds themselves unwittingly rolling their body in syncopated waves.

Their music is always heart-warming and can be brought out at any party to keep the good vibes flowing long in to the dawn-light and it is of no surprise they are fast gaining traction.

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The Kerbs – Creep – Single Review

The Irish alternative rock quartet The Kerbs released the single Creep today.

The Kerbs

The Kerbs



Formed less than a year ago The Kerbs have left the starting blocks at a fair old pace and thus far have managed to reveal two previous singles as well as start to establish a live performance circuit, with plans for a five track EP later in the year. Having had the opportunity to wander through the three songs I am looking forward to hearing much more from these able musicians and recommend adding them to your playlist.

Creep has a sultry South American dance rhythm that melts into the heart of the listener while the combinations of the two six string guitars, one semi-acoustic the other electric, form a mesmeric romantic layering as the bass pops in and out of focus akin to a lighthouse beam whilst a rich vocal lays the room with a luxurious thick carpet in which to sink the toes and although the composition and narrative is of vulnerability after rejection – the audience is left feeling far from rejected, rather brimming with the self-confidence and bathed in the warm glow of a flirtatious glance.

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