The US experimental-dystopia project The Hathaway Family Plot released the LP A Flat Thing yesterday.
An eleven track, roughly forty one minutes, album (available on bandcamp) which requires the listener to put away any preconceived thoughts of song construction prior to hitting play.
A stretch of disparate instrumentation crackles through the room – on occasion forming agitated clumps on others a flat-line of no-wave, yet always holding an attentive audience whilst inviting them to wander in to dark spaces in their mind, as the looming oppressive presence of the tracks trigger the synapses.
My pick of the release being the fourth composition – Monetizing Fear.
The Tasmanian garage rock band 208L Containers released their début LP Knitted Family Helmet today.
A stomping seven track album (available on bandcamp) which crams a disparate range of points of conversations, some inane others of strident polemic, inside foundation shaking rumbles of compacted distortion.
The disengaged vocal sets the scene for the LP which neatly manages to mix both inconsequential noises of the mundanity of life with pointed rhetoric on issues of wide consequence as the reflective disquiet of the instrumentation thunders through the release.
My pick of Knitted Family Helmet being the closer – The Walnut King.
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 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.
On the 1st the tripped-out folk creator Ben deHoedt from Melbourne (Australia) released the LP The Gentle Northern Wind.
An eleven track album (available on bandcamp) of voluminous progressive psychedelia filtered through the lens of acoustic guitar and hazy vocal leaving the audience with a sense of both timelessness and weightlessness and it takes the mind some little while to readjust to normality after ingesting the approximately fifty one minutes run time of The Gentle Northern Wind.