The Low Countries – Putty – Audio

The Low Countries, an England based alt-folk outfit, are planning to release the LP We Weathered The Storm in March.

The Low Countries - Putty

The Low Countries

After a dearth of new material since 2016 it was a delight to discover there is more in the offing from a troupe who are able to able to deliver music which teeters betwixt the stool of melancholic despondency and optimistic glee without ever seeming at odds with the juxtaposition.

The first track to surface from the album, which itself will be released as a stand alone single on the 26th, Putty, (a revision of the original which appeared on the 2014 LP – A Prize Everytime) extrapolates the contrasts of their material as the dour vocal lays astride accompanying guitars, harmonica and percussion, which has the listener both bleary eyed and stamping feet with wide grin at one and the same moment.

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Black Fun Surgery – Black Smoke – Audio

The England based electro-goth duo Black Fun Surgery are finalising details for the LP Patches.

Black Fun Surgery - Black Smoke

Black Fun Surgery

The latest song to surface Black Smoke (available on bandcamp) is less compacted than the last track to feature – Plastic.

The drifting vocal gives the song an ethereal layer through which electronica oscillates between pulsing beats and shadowy echoing, resulting in a song that is best heard while dancing in a dimly lit cavernous basement.

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LOCKS – Skin – Audio

The England based Gothic-blues quartet LOCKS are recording new material for their  forthcoming début LP.

LOCKS - Skin


Although only having featured once, over a year ago, immediately on hitting play in the first song to be revealed from the LP, which appeared on the 13th – Skin – the listener is reminded of their signature sound of a trotting double-bass around which the compositions cast their spell.

If anything LOCKS have become even more morose in Skin with bells appearing as though chiming across a cemetery at a funeral. Whilst the mesmerising vocal is given space and presence the engaging twist to the song being the fiddle afforded greater prominence and gradually building its influence through the just over four minutes duration adding a distinctive celtic reference to the track, which given the duality of Irish and English members of the band is to be welcomed and unsurprising.

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Transatlantic Family Band – Vision – Single Review

The England based psychedelic-rock quintet Transatlantic Family Band released the single Vision today.

Transatlantic Family Band

Transatlantic Family Band

The echoing reverb laden guitars enmesh the listener in hues of trippy waves as the drifting synth floats mysteriously through the backdrop giving Vision a space-rock feel and the listener is minded of the likes of Hawkwind.

The propulsion for the music and the means by which there is a cohesion to the disparate elements comes from the omnipresent rumbling of bass and the drum-kit, that flows in and out of consciousness giving Vision (which is available on bandcamp) its shifting shapes while the quietly laid vocal rounds out a track, which although lasting for less than five minutes, finds the audience loosing track of time.

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L Sicario – Interstellar – Single Review

L Sciaro is an England based alt-rock quartet.

L Sciaro

L Sciaro

Having served an apprenticeship on the regular haunts of developing bands in their area L. Scario are heading towards venues anew, deservedly so given the evidence of their début single Interstellar, which surfaced towards the end of last month. Which, even disregarding the video clues in the accompanying video, draws deep musical reference from Talking Heads with the interweaving of the trio of one bass and two six string guitars ploughing through the room drawn by an unfaltering percussion with the enigmatic and strident vocals soaring over everything.

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