Formed a couple of years ago with a clutch of DEVOesque releases behind them Yellow Creatures are set to release a new two track single on the 7th of September, which finds them in a slightly different space with a more psychedelic tincture. The music delivered at a more tempered pace, whilst retaining the sharp clefts of phrase edge, which gives the music its underlying energy.
Yellow Creatures deliver a sound which is highly infectious with the unceasing beats that find the heart resetting to pulse in time, whilst the dreamy-smoky electronics allow the mind to wander into the moments of sound. Guitar picks out elements to highlight as a foreshortened vocal gives the material the sense of panic which keeps the audience fixated on the activity.
Straying back through the catalogue of releases enables to listener to gain a better grasp of influences from the maniacal joy of Captain Beefheart to the era of electro new-wave and Yellow Creatures are able to bring these disparate elements together in a fresh formulation.
Most certainly a quartet to get to know, I look forward to hearing more by Yellow Creatures over the coming years.
Ikebana is Tomek Sawczuk (Vocal / Guitar / Effects), Michał Kułak (Synths) and Piotr Sawczuk (Percussion) an alt electro-rock band from Bialystok in Poland.
Bringing together acid jazz and traditional rock, Ikebana turn round with an experimental futurism that has familiar templates carved with schisms of electronica which sear through the speakers. Whilst challenging the listener, the journeys to the edges are not demanding of suspension of all that is recognizable as, the diversions do relate to the basic storyline.
The percussion keeps the material within a framework which demands of the other instrumentation a continued progression and the audience has a discernible, faint though it may be, route with which to connect. New material is somewhat scant, so it would be good if Ikebana were to provide a musical update on where the story has developed.
Inside the sounds with their extended transitions and looping progressions there is a broad cultural reference as sounds can be heard from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. This seems somewhat appropriate given the slightly apocalyptic nature of the future they portray sonically where industrial electronics hold the greatest influence.
The trio produce music which demands full attention to emit its full impact and in my view the challenge thrown down by Ikebana is worth taking the time and concentration to engage.