Swimming Tapes – Easy Strand – Single Review

On the 17th the single Easy Strand was released by the England based dream-rock quintet Swimming Tapes.

Swimming Tapes - Easy Strand

Swimming Tapes

The quintet have been quietly making progress in the background with word arriving that an LP is in the offing and there will be a short, five date, England and Scotland tour in November.

In the interim the new single, Easy Strand, which appears almost exactly a year after the  EP Soft Sea Blue, other than the acoustic version of their  2016 single Tides which came out in February, makes this the first release for them this year.

Perhaps it is something more than a coincidence that their wistfully dreamy shimmery summer vibe releases often appear this time of year, the original of Tides was also in September.

Lay back, kick up the heels and allow the washes of the gazey guitars curtain off the hassles of daily life.

Easy Strand – Single – Swimming Tapes is available on iTunes.*

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Moon Panda – Rabbit – Video

The England based dream-rock quartet Moon Panda head towards the release of the EP Pastel Pool next month.

Moon Panda - Rabbit

Moon Panda

Their latest track to surface – Rabbit, akin to previous material of theirs featured, heads in to its own warren of discovery through a tunnel interconnected, yet distinctive, of dreamy spirals and hazy undulations.

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Blackaby – Georgie Wants A Garden – Single Review

Blackaby is a relatively new England based hazewave trio.

Blackaby - photo credit - Joseph Paxton

Blackaby – photo credit – Joseph Paxton

Already establishing themselves as a credible live performance act despite only having a handful of gigs behind them –  Georgie Wants A Garden, one of only two tracks I have so far heard, though rumour has it that after a binge writing session there are more than an LPs worth awaiting to be made more widely available, was released on the 11th and further attests to a trio, who with justice, will become far more widely known in short order.

The retrospective ’50s wash of the track embraces the listener in soft folds of harmonised vocals and shimmering guitar while percussion sets a captivating tempo.

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Ex-Vöid – Boyfriend – Audio

Ex-Vöid, the new, England based garage-rock outfit, release their eponymous three track single tomorrow.

Ex-Vöid

Ex-Vöid

Although a new outfit, the musicians are of longer experience with previous bands as attested in their music.

The fuzzy burr of guitar resonates of early ’80s new wave and fills the room with a warming retrospective while harmonised vocals add to the summery-vibe of the output. The first track to be revealed, also the first on the release (which is available on bandcamp) is Boyfriend.

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Moon Panda – Soft Skeleton – Video

The England based ethereal-rock outfit Moon Panda will be releasing the EP Pastel Pool on the 10th of August.

Moon Panda - photo credit - Iona Taberham

Moon Panda – photo credit – Iona Taberham

The first song to be revealed from the EP has surfaced as a live performance of Soft Skeleton, a track that melts in to the limbic system.

Each time Moon Panda have featured there has been something different about the set-up. Initially a US based duo in 2016, an England based duo last year, now a trio, though still based in England – the consistency has always been the quality of the output and its dreamy demeanour which gently flows around the listener.

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