Spiral Stairs – HYP-NO-TIZED – Audio

Currently based in the Yucatán Peninsula (Mexico) the alt-rock project of Scott KannbergSpiral Stairs – is set to release the LP We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized on the 22nd of March.

Spiral Stairs
Spiral Stairs

Working with a stretch of other musicians, on the basis of the first track to surface from the album and also the first of the ten on the LP (available on bandcamp), which appeared less than twenty hours ago, HYP-NO-TIZED, it looks set to be a release of twists and turns anchored by fulsome, warming, rock’n’roll.

The catchy HYP-NO-TIZED opens with an expectation of a freestyle jazz number prior to the rootsy-beat kicking in with the trumpet become absorbed within the infectious, winding guitar, chorused vocal and double time drum-kit which launches on the listener on to the dance floor.

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C Duncan – Impossible – Audio

The Scottish alt-rock multi-instrumentalist C Duncan will be releasing the LP Health on the 29th of March.

C Duncan - Photo credit - Jordan Curtis Hughes
C Duncan – Photo credit – Jordan Curtis Hughes

With a step change from previous material, Health, the third album emerges away from a home studio to work with other producers, engineers and musicians, which paradoxically has allowed the LP to explore, to a far greater extent, more personal aspects of life and affords the music a more emotional tie to the audience as the songs contemplate, love, health and sexuality.

The first track to surface from the album, Impossible (released as a stand-alone single yesterday), which is the third of the dozen tracks is a contrast of jaunty, trotting, instrumentation that has a spaghetti western feel laid to a, melancholic, lyrical reflection of a long distance relationship with a former boyfriend.

Impossible – Single – C Duncan is available on iTunes.*

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Antonioni – Stutter-Step – Audio

The quartet of Sarah Pasillas (Guitar / Vocals / Keys), Kyle Todaro (Drums), Austin Dean (Guitar / Vocals) and Ben Dorcy (Bass), from Seattle (USA) who form the alt-rock band Antonioni release the EP The Odds Were All Beating Me on the 10th.

Antonioni
Antonioni

Antonioni continually shuffle the pack to create tracks of very different atmosphere on the EP (which is available on bandcamp).

Sometimes the keys are given spotlight giving compositions an ethereal nature, other times the guitar leads the way generating songs of more corporeal texture.

Stutter-Step, the most recent song to be revealed and the closer on the EP is an animated two step track which chivvies the audience out on the dance-floor.

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Dead Fall – Drowned Out – Audio

The alt-rock quintet of Jake Gambatese (Vocals), Ryan Task (Guitar), Anthony Lupica (Guitar), Nick Barker (Drums) and Trevor Schafer (Bass) from Kent (USA) who form the band Dead Fall will be releasing the EP Never Expected on the 25th.

Dead Fall
Dead Fall

The first track to surface from the EP – Drowned Out – was itself made available as a standalone single on the 2nd (available on bandcamp).

A pulsing and powerful exposition of highly capable musicians who are able to dig out gnarly riffs as well as tender melodies encased inside an emo wrapper to deliver a track that whets the listeners appetite for the full release.

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The Ringards – Steppenwolf – Single Review

Once again the English alt-rock band The Ringards ring up the changes to their sound with the latest track – Steppenwolf – which appeared on the 28th.

The Ringards - Steppenwolf
The Ringards

Imagine for a moment Transylvania was transported to Patagonia – and you will be in the right area for the new track.

A delicious gothic gloom is laden with the terraces of the wilderness of South America both gathered together for a sultry tango, with Steppenwolf jousting a hip writhing beat as the listener submits to the lead of the black-leather clad, high stilettos dominance of the sensuousness of the bass / vocal combinations.

Probably best heard whilst bound and slicked in body oil with a gyrating partner to fully appreciate – though as the track lasts only a margin over two and a half minutes – think of it as a scene setter and not a timer.

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