Richard Lomax & The Tontine – I Cycle – Audio

The alt-rock project Richard Lomax & The Tontine from England are finalising the LP Postcards & Love-letters (From Somewhere You’ve Never Heard Of) for release later this year.

Richard Lomax & The Tontine - Photo by Federico Piseri (Milan 2015)

Richard Lomax & The Tontine – Photo by Federico Piseri (Milan 2015)

In advance, a new track from the forthcoming album has been made available – I Cycle.




Perhaps taking the track to a literal sense, threading through the number lays what sounds like the clack of a cycle wheel spinning on a Derailleur gear-chain as I Cycle brightens the room with its lightness of tone though, as with much of the material, the lyric is of more acerbic content.

Bottom string of the guitar features significantly, giving the track its sprightly feel as a trotting percussion invites the listener to bob on hip as though a Last Night Of The Proms attendee, whilst the vocal pirouettes around the octaves and as I look out of the window, to an overcast drizzly sky, I am certain I can see shafts of sunlight seeking to join in with I Cycle.

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Sunflower Bean – Easier Said – Audio

The US alt-rock trio Sunflower Bean release the LP Human Ceremony on the 5th of February.

Sunflower Bean - Human Ceremony - artwork

Sunflower Bean – Human Ceremony – artwork




The dreamy electro back-drop is layered with showers of glittering guitar giving Easier Said, the fourth of the ten tracks on the LP, a psychedelic-shoegaze flavour. The pin-point percussion stands as a delightful counterpoint to the instrumentation and the subsumed bass adds touches of shadow, whilst the echo to the vocal gives the sense that it is appearing from in the clouds, rounding out a track that will have you playing air drums whilst laying relaxed as the music washes over the ears.

An intensive touring schedule from the 2nd of February through to the 9th of April across parts of Europe, dipping into Canada and across much of the USA will, with fortune, see Sunflower Bean attract the wider audience their music deserves.

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Human Ceremony – Sunflower Bean is available on iTunes.*

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The F.Ray – Hunter – Audio

The Brazilian electro-rock project The F.Ray released the début LP ParaL​-​NoiD UniversE on the 1st.

The F.Ray drawing by Henrique da Silva

The F.Ray drawing by Henrique da Silva




The perspicaciously named Hunter, the third of the six tracks on ParaL​-​NoiD UniversE, hurtles out of the speakers as though being chased by demons. The opening electronics remind of an ’80s New Romantics band on speed prior to the fusillade of fuzzy guitar and pivotal percussion submerging the synthesisers to be joined by a growling vocal that develops from deep in the larynx. Lasting a touch over three minutes this a track that will have you reaching for immediate replay, even though there are another five songs also wanting re-looping.

Felipe Espindola de Borba, who is The F.Ray, is able to pack the twenty minute album with an intensive and spell-binding thread of tracks that make the listener wish this were an extended double album.

Whilst the compositions form recognizable shapes of sound there is an experimental feel to the lo-fi production of ParaL​-​NoiD UniversE (which is available on bandcamp) without ever loosing the rabbit punches.

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Sun Kin – Violent Little Thing – Audio

The alt-rock project Sun Kin from the USA released the LP Moon For Days on the 1st.

Sun Kin - photo credit - Kevin Cheah

Sun Kin – photo credit – Kevin Cheah

The eighth of the ten tracks on the just over half an hour album – Violent Little Thing is a sound that combines various of the influences of Sun Kin as the track threads from a rock ‘n’ roll opening to an abrupt full-stop via the way of hints of electronica, in a composition I particularly enjoy and which encapsulates the nature of Moon For Days.




Although a good representation of the roller-coaster contemplation of Moon For Days, Violent Little Thing is somewhat atypical of its style. The album, as a whole, plays prominently with acoustic guitar and extended notes as Sun Kin explores introspective musings of relationships, throughout the release, with sounds ranging far and wide. Rather than the disparity of genre styles that appear in the album becoming a stumbling block to enjoyment, it is this very diversity that brings Moon For Days to life as it reflects on the emotional turmoil of the subject matter.

Moon For Days, which is available on bandcamp, is an LP to pull of the shelves when in contemplative mood as Sun Kin reveal a journey which is at once melancholic whilst simultaneously cathartic and well worth adding the wardrobe.

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Third Ear – The Ghost Road – Audio

The Australian alt-rock band Third Ear release the EP Rise Up on the 16th.

Third Ear - Rise Up - artwork

Third Ear – Rise Up – artwork




The first of the four tracks – The Ghost Road washes around the room in luxurious silken threads. Calling references of the likes of The Doors and Bowie, Third Ear avoid sounding like a pale pastiche as they add their own dreamily engaging touches which calmly stream around the ears.

Nothing is over-played, yet there is much happening in The Ghost Road as the guitar sparkles dust over the listener, whilst almost indiscernible keys  creates the soft pillow from which bass / percussion evolve the changes of pace and inference. A superb vocal inflects the emotional context as it weaves its way into the audience.

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Rise Up – EP – Third Ear is available on iTunes.*

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