The US jazz-hop musician James Craven who performs as Jameth released the LP Wacky-Fun yesterday.
A seven track album, which as it suggests on the tin doesn’t take itself too seriously, with mundane subjects being taken to an extremis parody of themselves, yet, within the eclectic mix of material lay one or two gems.
My selection of which is the antepenultimate song – Mr. Frog – an acerbic look at societal structures in which irrelevant differences are magnified into warring chasms while all quietly acquiescing to a mantra of inane platitudes.
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The alt-folk creator Kimberly Townsend based in New York (USA) released the EP The History and the Heart of It on the 18th.
The five track EP takes the journey on a wide journey of soul and folk influenced songs, though each being of different texturing, with some led by strings bowed or strummed, others keys, there is a commonality of tie which is the emotionally charged voice which immediately catches the listeners attention and holds them entranced through the roughly seventeen minutes release.
My pick of the release being the middle track Steps.
Currently based in the Yucatán Peninsula (Mexico) the alt-rock project of Scott Kannberg – Spiral Stairs – is set to release the LP We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized on the 22nd of March.
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.
The St Petersburg (Russian Federation) quartet who go by the letters – A. (Guitar / Bass). K. (Vocals), M. (Drums / Backing Vocals) and I. (Guitars / Backing Vocals) forming the blackmetal band Epitimia released the EP Нить (Thread) yesterday.
A five track release (available on bandcamp) that fills the room with an otherworldly soundscape of soaring and swooping dark-melodic metal that seems to emerge from a wintry forest as the music, although expansive, feels as though blanketed in studio baffled by the absorbency of snowy drifts.
This is an EP to ingest in full to best immerse in to the ethereal weaves of the roughly fifty one minutes release.
The closing track is the just over eleven and three quarters minutes – Древо (The Tree).
The Scottish alt-rock multi-instrumentalist C Duncan will be releasing the LP Health on the 29th of March.
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.