The England based alt-rock trio Motorcycle Display Team release the LP Yours Probably on the 13th of April.
Motorcycle Display Team
In advance of the album they have made available an acoustic version of the seventh of the ten tracks – A Lady Never Tells – a dedication to ladies around the world who have suffered and continue to suffer from abuse in solidarity with the #MeToo groundswell.
The England based dreamwave outfit Hanging Valleys are working towards the release of an EP.
There is a calming mood which flows in to the room on listening to the first song to surface from the EP – Fortaleza (which was released as a stand alone single on the 9th) – as acoustic and electric guitar bend inside a spectral electronica while a hushed percussion can be heard peering through the mist.
On the basis of this, approaching five minutes track, the EP will be something to add to the collection and pull out when life is turning frenetic as the mind relaxes and finds time to refresh.
The England based synthwave trio Twist Helix are planning to release the LP Ouseburn later in the year.
To be more specific Twist Helix are based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and Ouseburn is an album of both sadness and delight.
To pin things down a little more the trio are actually based out of Ouseburn Valley which was at one time an industrial beating heart in North East England but, in common with the deindustrialisation of the manufacturing and extraction industries in the ’80s across the UK, Ouseburn Valley was left to fend for itself in its decline as a powerhouse of industry and over time has reinvented itself as the creative heart and soul of Newcastle Upon Tyne and a hub for musicians and music fans (sharper eyed readers will have noticed frequent images used over the years of performances at The Cluny) – hence an album tinged with both sadness and equally joy at the reincarnation of itself to once again become a vibrant centre.
The first song to surface from the LP and title track, Ouseburn (available as a stand alone single on bandcamp), sets the scene for the whole album reflecting as it does both on the past and the present.
The England based alt-rock trio Dream Wife released their eponymous LP today.
The eleven track album (available on bandcamp) is a journey through spiky garage, easy flowing dance and melodic rock from which the listener doesn’t welcome interruptions as the tight unit deliver their impressive LP and it is little surprise that they have already established a significant footprint and a fast burgeoning fanbase.
The Low Countries, an England based alt-folk outfit, are planning to release the LP We Weathered The Storm in March.
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.