Carmella – Bare – Single Review

The dark-synth duo Carmella from the USA are set to release a new single on the 20th.

<b>Carmella - Bare</b>


Bare is the third in a trilogy of singles looked at since September of last year, all of which will feature on their début, as yet nameless, LP planned for release in the second half of this year.

Bare has the lightest mood of the three, but don’t be fooled, by that description, into thinking you will be met with whooping peals of laughter. Carmella produce music which is wrapped in deep layers of synth with a sympathetic expressive vocal whilst poignant keys add a stark counterpoint and this track is immediately recognizable as their signature sound.

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The Yetis – Mysterion – Single Review

The psychedelic-garage band – The Yetis, from the USA, release the three track single Lonely Tandem Ride on the 31st.

The Yetis - image by Lorenzo Cook

The Yetis – image by Lorenzo Cook

The closing number Mysterion, finds The Yetis combining retro-rock and psychedelic shoe-gaze with garage fuzziness to deliver a track that the mind can laze around with, in wraps of warming towels.

Since being first introduced back in May of last year, The Yetis have honed their craft further and Mysterion explores a more considered level of composition which affords the quartet a higher platform from which to gain traction as they deliver a piece with variety of texture and despite only being just over two and a half minutes long, gives the audience a sense of suspended time.

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The Slow Readers Club – I Saw A Ghost – Single Review

The English electro-rock band The Slow Readers Club appear on the site from time to time.

The Slow Readers Club - I Saw  Ghost

The Slow Readers Club

To my ears their best release has recently surfaced  – I Saw A Ghost – in the past few days as it finds The Slow Readers Club producing darkly melancholic atmospheric palls of sound that curl their way around the room, like mesmeric threads caught in the evening sunlight.

The three and a half-minutes can be put on ever present loop and on each iteration there is another dimension to be found. Percussion and bass lines plough their way through the subwoofers as the electronics and guitar float effortlessly to which the vocal finds a superlative relevance when compared to previous pieces and The Slow Readers Club have risen to a band that you need to catch now before they spin into outer-space and out of reach.

A new LP – Cavalcade – is scheduled for release in April and judging by I Saw A Ghost – something to ensure you get your mitts around.

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Cafeine – New Love – LP Review

Cafeine is a solo project from multi-instrumentalist Xavier Cafeine who originally hails from Quebec, Canada. New Love is his third studio album – an eleven track LP which was released in America on February 17th and the first, since his relocation to the USA .

Cafeine - New Love - artwork

Cafeine – New Love – artwork

Thanks again to Robbie Gallagher for his thoughts…

After seeing press photos of an aloof Monsieur Cafeine and briefly researching his influences, I expected New Love to represent something of a post-modern love letter to the heyday of punk music, particularly the American take on the genre. And after listening, I believe this presumption couldn’t have been further from the truth; with inspiration reportedly ranging from the first-wave of American punk with bands such as X and The Flesh Eaters to more eclectic offerings such as The Gun Club and The Blasters, I expected cutting, nihilistic content full of bile and resentment. What lay beneath the surface was far from my expectations.

The titular début track, New Love, is an electrified slice of feel-good pop. Crisp and radio-friendly, it is the antithesis of what I had come to expect, but not a bad song by any means.

The following track, Electric, is a little more rock-oriented, with jangly guitar riffs and vocals which wouldn’t sound out of place in British indie groups. The track moves along at a good pace, thanks to the synergy between drums and guitars, and is my personal favourite on the LP.

Towards the end of the album appears No Love, a foot-stomper of a track with some nice riffs that chime nicely with the vocals, featuring subtle echoes which bounce around in the background. With a chunky lead synth and a pleasing piano section appearing out of the blue, this is a strong contender for the most varied song on the album.

An increasing sense of déjà vu washed over me as New Love progressed, and I realised that at its heart, this highly polished album lacks any palpable depth. This album is well-produced and easily-accessible, but lacks the creativity and complexity which necessitate further listening on my part. There is a lot of style and sophistication on offer, and if you’re looking for an enjoyable ride to take you into the Summer months, look no further.

New Love – Cafeine is available on iTunes.*

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Ashley Reaks – Before Koresh – LP Review

Ashley Reaks is a prolific artist and music creator with much to comment on the world around and surfacing last month was his latest LP – Before Koresh.

Ashley Reaks - Before Koresh - artwork

Ashley Reaks – Before Koresh – artwork

Opening the ten track album which features numerous collaborative musicians, is the title track Before Koresh an acerbic commentary setting the scene for the following thirty five minutes of the release. Ashley Reaks is a deft exponent of illustrative thought process as the material relates not so much to the Branch Davidians rather a scathing statement of the status-quo.

The Dustman is a fantastical fairy-tale set to nursery rhyme tempo, giving the track a chilling presence that raises the hairs on the arms in alertness.

Next is Wearside Jack, which confabulates disco-groove with vocals askew, giving the piece a disturbing context that calls the audience to awaken their brain and grapple with the LP.

Following is Gleaming Cinders which combines scattered high pitched electronic keys with a dusty vocal that gives the piece a spacey feel that catches the ears off balance in an experimental thread of composition.

Crystal closes out the first half of Before Koresh in a continuum of looped electronics, prior to being joined by a poetic spoken lyric that crashes against the instrumentation giving the piece the feeling of life faced with a sheer cliff of inaccessibility and is my pick of the release for its ability to speak of divisions and exclusions. The title reflects of the haves and the have-nots with a plastic champagne, the choice of plastic money, whilst challenging the listener to reflect of the world around as stark commentary, which reflects of a world taking pictures of abuse to be first on a social media page, ignoring the reality in-front of the screen as the closing lyric icily commentates.

The longest track is Hyper-Diseasy, which runs at coming on to seven minutes, which despite its length does not slacken the taught ties binding the listener, submerging the ears into a troubled trance as juxtaposed rhythms  and instrumentation collide against each other as distanced vocals echo across the room.

You may be wondering where we are in Before Koresh – track seven is Mr Barton And The Squirrels which sits in stark contrast to the track before, with sixty eight seconds of waterfall interspersed with a lyric which minds of Betjeman.

Opening with reversed sounds Inch Perfect combines the floating textures of much of the album with an experimental thematic.

The penultimate track is I Want To Get A Celebrity Pregnant – which is a superlative statement of the mindset of the ’10s and worth the price of the album on its own.

Closing out Before Koresh is Hell And Back Again, which provides context for the visual artistry of Ashley Reaks in aural form.

Before Koresh – Ashley Reaks is available on iTunes.*

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