Tongues of Fire from the USA is a new-wave trio who released their début single Sea on the 24th.
Tongues of Fire
Formed earlier this year – Sea (available on bandcamp) is their first foray into a fully formed release. Though there are snippets of thoughts they have made available for those of us not locally based in North Carolina since January.
Lasting just under three minutes Tongues of Fire spear angularities of lo-fi rim sheering distortion and feedback which coils out of the speakers like a Spitting Cobra espying a Vole running across the scrub and the trio launch the venom across the room in a singular sound which bites into the soul.
I am intrigued to discover more of Lowell Hobbs (Guitar / Vocals), Chandler Bell (Bass / Vocals) and Jakeb Reel (Drums) whilst anticipating they will feature for a while to come.
The Belgian grunge duo Candlebags were introduced earlier in the year.
Their latest single ALBERT, which came out on the 16th is a different side of their sound. The scruffy riffs of guitar are harangued by an omnipresent industrial percussion while the vocal threads from the coil to the ethereal giving the track a sense of the complexities of life and the emotional turmoil of the thoughts delivered within the track.
Candlebags create music which, on the one hand, is a railing against a soul destroying system with its brutal pressurisation whilst, on the other, discovering reasons for personal optimism and finding spaces where to express fragility results, not in harsher punishment rather, in compassion.
The Australian new-wave trio Destrends release the single Papa on the 15th of July.
Destrends – Photo by Trace Mclean
With a more compacted sound than tracks previously featured, in Papa, Destrends are still able to incite the audience join the track in a pogo. The throbbing bass / percussion combinations are split by distorted guitar as the singular vocal splices the ears.
The just under three and three quarter minutes track has the sense of pent-up frustration which is expressed by the dank brooding tempo and stomping feet which pulses through the foundations leaving windows rattling and listener calling for more.
Destrends are a band with much to say and the ability to express it in their audience engaging compositions and I look forward to hearing their next release.
The French synth-wave duo merci beaucoup released the EP Cache Cache on the 17th.
It is unlikely that Cache Cache will be hiding away in the ‘forgotten’ playlist as merci beaucoup reveal an EP with sunny disposition and gloomy underbelly.
Sexy Million Sobs surfaces first with tinkling keys before, the rumbling bassy, beat loops around the room to the accompaniment of an inexpressive vocal which resultingly delivers an ironic twist to the lyric.
Next is Suicide Girl, which is more than worth the price of Cache Cache on its own as the shortest track sparkles like a bubbling glass of champagne to a luscious vocal that massages the ears while guitar threads deftly between the synthetics giving the song a sense of the dramatic.
My pick of the release is Fingerprint as the various electronic elements melt into each other like shapes of wax cooling and reforming as it drips down a lit candle whilst the vocal strides unfettered around the room.
The closer – A Little Girl In Your Eyes – provides a more punching pace in a track that marks an interesting potential direction of future travel.
A few hours ago the English alt-wave quartet ( the brackets ) made the LP Nothing To Write Home About available for wider consumption.
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Intro serves as it suggests on the tin, time for the audience to adjust to the ensuing chromatic.
Different Kind harries the listener into the corner of the room with energetic brush strokes that flick the dust into the air as the compressed bristles launch themselves at the unwary.
Next is Matchmaker which offers undulating contemplative introspective snarling bass, whilst a gossamer thread of guitar peaks into the foray of the confrontational percussion as a blank stare of vocal spills in to the room, in a track that summates the angst of ( the brackets ) as they describe the world in which they live.
Opening the second half of Nothing To Write Home About is This Could Be You which from out of nowhere finds the quartet in moment of sprightly footstep and my pick of the release with its bouncing coils, even perhaps jocular frieze and the listener finds themselves aware of the lyrical diatribe, whilst cognisant their feet are not staying still. My pick of the release.
Don’t Think About It opens with a gnawing itch before developing into an angular symmetry of maths-rock silos which suits with perspicacity the sliced thoughts of the LP in a number that hammers loudly on the door.
The conclusion – and the title track opens with a flattened vocal that tempts one to ponder – you are right ( the brackets ) though – before those ideas are crystallised – scimitars of minor key guitar spreads their wings around the room like a bat fluttering in a cave defending the colony and the LP comes into to perfect context.