Wharves – High School Hero – Single Review

The Australian new wave quartet Wharves revealed their newest single a few hours ago.

Wharves

Wharves

High School Hero is a rock’n’roll derived number to which Wharves have tuned up the engine to deliver a gothic steeped vocal surrounded by an unstoppable bass that has the listeners feet stamping in time within half a bar while loosely tied drum-skins sink deep inside the rims giving the track an ever darker shadow through which glorious fretwork shimmers.

In High School Hero Wharves have been able to create a track which has a natural flow and and primordial beat that seeps directly in to the audiences marrow and is one of those songs that demonstrate the power of music to infect those it touches and lift their day to a better place.

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Oranj Son – Radio Wires – Single Review

The English synth-rock trio Oranj Son release the single Radio Wires tomorrow.

Oranj Son

Oranj Son

Combining sweeping synth with dreamy vocal Radio Wires is a track that the listener immediately puts on the shortlist to consider for playing at their own funeral as the haunting beauty fills the mind with retrospective memories, as if that wasn’t enough of a delight, the bustling drum-kit and expansive guitar create a feeling not of loss, rather of enthused optimism.

It is of no surprise that, with their delicately balanced creativity, Oranj Son are fast gaining traction and it can only before a matter of a short while before they become a far more globally recognised sound. I look forward to following their progression over the coming years.

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Pollens – $​$​$​_PSA – Single Review

The US abstractionist duo Pollens release the single $​$​$​_PSA on the 9th.

Pollens

Pollens

A back catalogue of releases dating back to 2011 are very well worth taking time to explore and it is only a sadness it has taken this long for me to get around to introducing their avant-garde creativity.

Prior to hitting play on the latest release, which is available on bandcamp, put away all expectations of musical construct and allow the almost four and a half minutes of $​$​$​_PSA to guide you in to a well of fleeting thoughts tentatively held together by laces which untie as rapidly as the ideas surface and trust Pollens to not take you to experiences too far or uncomfortable.

Voices, electronica, instrumentation and percussion all pile in to the room as though jostling with brightly coloured soft cushions and the audience, rather than becoming jarred, finds their body joining in with the angularity of sound with a sense unexpected meditative calmness spreading through the mind.

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She Killed In Ecstasy – Low & Bitter – Single Review

The US ambient-wave project, from the USA, She Killed In Ecstasy fairly regularly features on the site, the newest track – Low & Bitter – came out a few hours ago.

She Killed In Ecstasy - Low & Bitter

She Killed In Ecstasy

Low & Bitter is of different counterpane than music previously featured with the glitchy sawing of the electronica, which had been a core element, completely disappearing to be replaced by a soft sanding and thereby creating a hum of immersive ambience which eases in to the mind and slows the sparking of the synapses, inviting the listener to settle back and slough away the bustle of the day.

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Green Gardens – I’ve Wanted – Single Review

The English luxe-gaze quartet Green Gardens released the single I’ve Wanted on the 30th of March.

Green Gardens

Green Gardens

Like stepping on to a deep-pile carpet strewn with rose petals Green Gardens have, in I’ve Wanted (available on bandcamp), a piece of music that nestles between the toes and radiates a palpable warmth which spreads through the body.

The retrospective, analogue effect, of I’ve Wanted is delivered in a hushed and unhurried flow of interweaving guitars with a well pitched vocal popping in and out of spotlight as percussion and bass too, jostle for the limelight – which though that sounds as if it can’t possibly work as a concept, is actually the core strength of the creativity as the counterpoints of the elements form the sturdy framework on which the music builds its rich tapestry.

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