Their music has a sublimating delayed echo which gives the compositions a luxurious depth that minds of walking barefoot over a thick pile soft carpet, giving the songs a dreamy allure in which the listener becomes fully immersed.
In the newest single – My Love Is Real -, which came out earlier in the month, the relaxing ebb and flow of the guitar washes around the listener while the subdued manner of vocal, bass and barely ripple, yet, despite the gentle frame of the track the multifarious layers afford the song a compelling and hypnotic presence.
Regularly including extra musicians as required in both studio and live performance, Shake adds bass and drums to deliver a track that veritably shakes the room to its foundations.
From the opening moments of the sharp percussive introduction to the track, the listener finds themselves welded to the spot, by the time the rootsy piano, bass and stunning vocal get in to full flow the outside world has already become an irrelevance.
Recording of an as yet unnamed LP has recently completed and plans are for a release next year – Shake is the first song to surface.
The quintet of George Johnson (Vocals), Connor McMinn (Guitar), Luke Morris (Bass), Rob Clarke (Keys) and Seb Baldwin (Drummer) who form the indie-dance band from Birmingham in England – Ivory Wave – released the single Frankie on the 14th.
Ivory Wave – photo by Laura Benwell
Having introduced Ivory Wave earlier this year, with some enthusiasm on hitting play, not being well disposed towards vocoders the opening phrases had me scratching my head in doubt, only for that to rapidly be dispelled as Frankie soon flowers in to a a trippE track which would not have been out of place at The Haçienda.
The synth melts in to the instrumentation to create a spiralling psychedelia of cascaded rock from which the vocal drifts in and out of focus, demanding of an immediate replay. An extended 12″ dayglo yellow vinyl version would not be unwelcome either.
The quartet of Rory, Jay, Luke and Wes from Melbourne in Australia who form the garage band Diana Radar released the single Growing on the 13th.
A track best enjoyed with a beer in a crowded bar, as the quartet deliver their good time rock’n’roll, which brightens the day by its very presence.
The bright guitars sparkle through the song, like a sequined dress, as the high pitches flicker through the ears, while the drum, which plays on tautly strung skins adds to the sharpness of the architecture which in turn affords space and time for the laid-back bass and sliding vocal to create the infectious dynamism of Growing.
The England based RnB creator Francine Bell released the single Beautiful Heights on the 15th.
A song inspired whilst asleep, there is also something of a dreamscape to the luscious ballad as it spreads through the room in waves of pulsing electronic percussion and through the quiet hazy layers of the composition launches the expressive and expansive vocal that glistens in the light like a sparkling diamond.
The well controlled and defined voice, whilst undoubtedly that of an experienced and skilful singer is also able to capture the emotion of Beautiful Heights and although the spotlight of the track, retains a sense of the tender fragility of the song which affords the piece a connection with the listener rather than merely a performance for the audience – a difficult balance within the remit of the style of the music.