Evening Glow – To You Only – Single Review

Evening Glow is a US gaze-rock band.

Evening Glow

Evening Glow

Evening Glow have thus far revealed an LP and two singles for those of us not near enough to get to see them live, the latest of which was released towards the end of last month being the single – To You Only (available on bandcamp) and the listener is immediately struck by the fact that they know one end of a song from the other. The quartet are able to deliver music which is taut leaving the audience in more than capable hands.

To You Only has a strength of under-pinning that centres around percussion allowing the six and four string guitars being able to foil with each other with shoegazey mufflers giving the song a roomy sheen while vocal balances the impetus of pace and the more leisured instrumentation.

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KYLE – The Juice Part III – Audio

The US maths-rock project KYLE released the three track single The Juice on the 10th.

KYLE

KYLE

Split more in to movements than distinctive tracks the roughly twenty five minute single, slices through the room in sparking guitar combinations that dart across the ears akin to watching a meteor shower with various phrases sheering from each other – burning brightly and as suddenly disappearing – only to be immediately replaced by another trajectory, whilst energised bass and synth shimmer in continual pulses as percussion sets out the framework for the compositions.

From the three elements of the release (available on bandcamp) – the closer The Juice Part III.

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Fatal Nostalgia

Fatal Nostalgia is an ambient-electronica project from Massachusetts in the USA.

Fatal Nostalgia - ambient-electronica from the USA

Fatal Nostalgia – ambient-electronica from the USA

Those with a closer eye to detail will notice I did reference a different project a few days ago by one and the same person – Cyberwave and as mentioned in that article Fatal Nostalgia is the more current thread of focus.




Again, with numerous releases this time dating back to 2012 (all available on bandcamp), Fatal Nostalgia offers plenty to hear while relaxing in a warming saline bath. The music flows around the head massaging the cranium and gradually the synapses, breathing and heart rate decelerate to the pace of the whooshes of unhurried euphonious compositions that thread through the room.

Whilst the tracks are extended variations on a theme there is nothing self-indulgent and the listener finds themselves wishing phrases were extended further as Fatal Nostalgia reveals music that has the attraction and mesmerising qualities of multi-coloured fractals spinning in the breeze.

A very difficult set of schematics to generate something new from time after time, yet Fatal Nostalgia is able to generate original compositions which follow the flow chart and thus far there have been over thirty pieces extending to in excess of two hours of material.

From the five track EP Quietus – the second Elysium.

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Sunny Gang

Nate Hitchcock (Vocals), Chris Bacchus (Guitar / Vocals), Joe Sap (Bass / Vocals) and Marshal (Drums) form the new-wave outfit Sunny Gang from Newark in the USA.

Sunny Gang - new-wave from the USA

Sunny Gang

Before you reach for the play button – stand up and shift the furniture out of the way –  Sunny Gang hurtle into the room with an infectious abandon that will find you with flailing limbs. It was a year ago that Joe dropped me an email, which sadly has lain dormant until now, my apologies Joe and to you for not getting to this sooner.

On the positive side since the introduction Sunny Gang, in their two subsequent songs, have been able to been able to find a sound that has even more global reference. Not loosing the hip-hop roots the music has nonetheless become more inclusive with emphasis placed more on the texture of the song than the music sitting as backdrop to vocal and resultingly become more ferocious.

Percussion and bass form the raging spine of the work around which vocal and guitar can explore the minutiae allowing Sunny Gang to deliver a blistering attack whilst still maintaining their structure and allow the listener to concentrate only on not loosing their own footing, knowing that the tracks will not disappoint.

How could I not suggest taking time to get to know a band with such an ironic name?

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PALMAS

Eric, Matthew, Adam, Pat and Kurt – split between Philadelphia and New York in the USA – form the cinematic-rock band PALMAS.

PALMAS - cinematic-rock from the USA

PALMAS

Atmospheric textures ooze out of the speakers (unlike the shouty capitalisation of the band name) filling the room with puffy down-filled pillows of luxury. Harking of ’60s Merseybeat the quintet have added surfy froth, to festoon the listener, in luscious compositions in which to recline. It is easy to imagine the soundtrack to any brightly light Lynch film with PALMAS adding the finishing touches of context to the scenes. Far more than this, the creations are not merely backing music but stand on their own legs with considerable poise.

Easily spaced reverbed and delayed guitar is interwoven with blurred percussion giving the out-put its other-worldly qualities as the vocal peeks its head above the mix without ever aiming to become an over-riding element of the creations.

PALMAS are, unsurprisingly, gaining significant traction in live performance and the release of To The Valley yesterday will, if justice be served, break to a global audience a quintet who should be far better known.

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