Nona – the slow-wave-indie project of Michael Goldman from the USA released the single Otherways on the 8th.
The subsumed nature of Otherways weaves its way around the room akin to a somnambulist on a promenade as the easy lilts drift in to earshot while the determined journey will not be shaken from its slumber.
Fusing vocal and guitar gives Otherways an incandescence which can only be matched by a gas-light as the soft illumination sheds a steady glow that creates its own ambience by its distinct subtlety. Percussion and Bass give the track a trajectory that ensures the composition doesn’t spiral into a conceptualisation of its own visualisation and thereby keeping the listener engaged with the three and three quarter minutes of dreamy eddies of sound.
Rock Back For Ecuador is the latest element in a series of compilation releases put out by The Rock Back Community in support of disaster relief fund-raising.
Frantic Chant – some of the releases
The sixty-six track compilation album (available on bandcamp) was released on the 5th in support of the fund raising for the 7.8 Richter Scale earthquake that occurred between the towns of Muisne and Pedernales in Ecuador on Saturday April 16, 2016, resulting in an estimated count of 661 people being killed and more than 27,700 others being injured, in addition to the decimation of swathes of wildlife and infrastructure, with effects felt as far away as in Colombia, near the city of Cali, where one miner died as a result of the earthquake.
Patetico Recordings – will be a familiar name to regular readers, or even those who are sporadic with references dating back to 2010 – is the label behind this and the other Rock Back Community – Disaster Relief Compilations.
With a certain degree of inevitability from the thread of available music I do have a pick of the release.
The Scottish band Frantic Chant offer up A Descending Journey as the sixth track. Evidently – don’t take this as a ‘typical sound’ on the LP – as there couldn’t be such a thing.
Rolko is the dream-synth project of Robert Hernandez from the USA.
Released a few days ago was his début single – Another Dimension.
The punctilious skins and steel of the drum-kit set the tidal flow of the just over four minute tracks. Sweeping strings and electronics swoop from high and low whilst screws of spiralling synth spill in and out of earshot, giving the track an easing flow that reminds of watching a brook burble over pebbles. The dour vocal which echoes through muted loud-hailer finds itself accompanied by bowed strings and horns, giving the piece – not a confusion – rather a melting-pot of pleasure.
Having spent time honing his thoughts on the delivery with lyrics written over the years, word arrives there is early contemplation of an LP and EP in the offing, which I look forward to hearing more by Rolko when these surface.
The Austrian based rock band Siren Call first featured back in 2014.
Siren Call – Harness – artwork
To surface in the past hour or so is the video for their latest single Harness which has a slighter tincture than much of the material previously featured of theirs.
The just under four minute track contains the ingredients with which we have become familiar but there is a battle weary sense to the sound, perhaps due to the politics of the country in which they are based where a nearly elected elected neo-nazi President has been able to successfully been able to demand another election. One senses the same sorts of ideas surfacing across Europe, including here in the UK where the exit the EU referendum result was deemed an unfair result and a re-run should happen – no wonder people get weary of socio-democracy.
Inside the sloughed troughs of sound Siren Call retain the petulance that is their signature as guitar mauls the walls and the the ever precise drum won’t forgo the trajectory as the vocal espouses of the sentience of the title of the track – Harness as they evoke a musical reconstruction of the thought process of the yoke pulling on the chains of the 99%.
I give full credit to Siren Call for pulling out a song that is able to reflect of their current malaise whilst simultaneously indicating of brighter alternative future. As you will know I do appreciate musicians who delve deep inside themselves to expose the raw fragility for others to see and thank them for allowing us inside the barricades.
So new out of the block TheHalves only have one song to share which is less than twenty hours in public domain and no social media page or website to which I can direct you.
Are You Happy? is more of a rhetorical question than one which needs response as the misery of a world of stolen aspiration is reflected in the precisely three minute track as the quartet draw the dirt out of the carpet far more efficiently than a vacuum cleaner is able with the low slung shoulder of music.
Yet, within the morose tones, lies a captivating beauty which holds the listener fascinated and the latter section of the track suddenly ramps up speed and the speakers respond by beating the loose fibres out of anything nearby, leaving the listener to watch the dust particles as they fly around the room.
I get the impression that TheHalves will be a band I will be returning to with some frequency and I wish them every success as they start the tortuous trail that is the music industry.