Jay Draper & The Subterraneans – photo credit – Tyrone Islington
There is a depressive sadness to the music which is difficult to specifically identify, though nonetheless the thread holding the two tracks central fulcrum giving the material an almost fatalistic air of hopeless despondency.
This dour mood stands as a stark contrast to the expansive compositional range of the tracks, particularly in my pick of the release Land Of Anxiety, which is laced with soaring gothic arches of synthesis and voice. On listening to the roughly eight and three quarters minutes of the two songs (available on bandcamp) don’t expect a catharsis as, in this release, Jay Draper & The Subterraneans are not attempting to shine a candle out of a dark tunnel, rather reflect of dark, ominous, entrapment.
The Canadian slogaze quartet Mount Mural released their début EP There Is a Better Place today.
A four track release (available on bandcamp) of softly pressed songs that mind of ambient uplighting as it fills the room with gently swaying compositions that rest easily on the ears, though, far from being background noise at a shopping precinct the quartet are able to create music that seeps in to the marrow of the listener with its luxurious warming texturing.
Despite, or perhaps because of, the calm focus of the music these are a quartet who are fast out of the starting blocks, having only really got themselves going in the past couple of months, already have the EP, my pick of which is the opener The Greenest Compass, along with securing live performance slots.
One change in line-up with Hayley Ray (Keys / Vocals) replacing Alexis Young (Vocals / Keys) along with one Single, two EPs (one – Curses – released last month available on bandcamp) and one album in between does mean that I have missed a fair amount of happenings, a sadness for which I apologise.
A live performance video of an unreleased track – Dull Kisses – most recently surfaced, I merely desire that I will be more up to date in keeping you abreast with the activity of the quintet in the future.
Chris Kelly & Nicole Gibson is a Canadian indie-synth quintet who revealed the single Swim To You on the 20th which will be on a forthcoming EP.
Chris Kelly and Nicole Gibson – photo credit May Hunter McMartin
Today, as I type, it is a warm and bright summers day and somehow Swim To You minds me that it would be opportune to make a few calls and see who is available to head out for an alfresco party.
While easy on the ears, in Swim To You, Chris Kelly & Nicole Gibson are able to retain attention with luxurious harmonised vocal and a synth which meanders in to a piano, violin and a double bass, completed by mellowed guitar, burbling brook bass and silky percussion creating a song of many hues of colour.
An intriguing four and a twelfth minutes song (available on bandcamp) which straddles to anchors of very different construct.
A burring rock percussion and bass which gives the track impetus and gravitas is topped by a boy-band style vocal with guitar gently sewing the two together. Far from natural audiences of either party recoiling in horror I do posit – give it a few moments on your ear and whichever camp you start from – within the first half a minute or so the contrasts will not seem like an arch nemesis – rather a natural amalgam and by the end likely to be interested to discover more of the catalogue.