And The Kid an alt-rock band from Zagreb in Croatia is Mali (Vocals / Guitar), Starki (Guitar), Mioch (Bass) and Pavle (Drums).
And The Kid
A fascinating combination of acoustics and electric instruments form the backdrop to a spotlight on a diametric vocal, lays at the heart of And The Kind. The music floats like cumulus clouds lulling the audience into a sense of serenity, whilst a visceral lyric, also delivered like a ray of sunshine, showers the ears with reflections and perceptions of the world around.
Compositions which resonate with realities not propaganda, I always find have credibility and of particular enjoyment when approached from surprising angles, so it is of little surprise that I recommend you take a moment out of your day to consider the well worked and delivered reflective of And The Kid.
What hits the sweet-spot is that way the quartet is able to produce a sound which is so redolent of the realities of the world around, a bumptious surface is scarred by inner turmoil, reflecting on so much of what is happening on a world of PR spin.
The song-writing is top-draw and the execution is absolutely in-tune with the ’10s.
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The Orange Strips an alt-indie sextet from Labin in Croatia is Goran Brezac, Valdet Luboteni, Vedran Gergoric, Borjan Batagelj, Tedi Mirkovic and Goran Nalic.
The Orange Strips
Multi-coloured cotton threads weft their way out of the speakers on hitting play as The Orange Strips combine to produce material which is surprisingly melodious and muted given the numbers of players. Their complex musical structures have been well received across swathes of Europe over the years as the unit are able to deliver music which has an intensity of thought provoking sounds that melt into the brain.
Whilst the layers are multidimensional The Orange Strips are able to make the sounds easily accessible affording the audience the opportunity to settle back comfortably and enjoy the sounds floating around the room. This is material which can be played on repeat loop and still new imagery will be created on each occasion. Multiferous instrumentation enables the sextet to take familiar phrases and references whilst wrapping them in timeless sound-scapes.
The Orange Strips are another fine example of the hive of musical activity that bubbles away in Croatia and their addition to the scene is the tranquility they deliver. A recent LP – the eleven track, forty minute – Deadlines – which came out on the 14th January is further testament to the inspiring compositions they so regularly offer.
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Them Moose Rush an alt-rock trio from Bjelovar in Croatia is Nikola Runjavec (Guitar / Vocals), Vedran Komlen (Drums) and Branimir Kuruc (Bass).
Them Moose Rush
Steeped in progressive psychedelia Them Moose Rush challenge the listener with their meandering guitar led sounds. Perpetually sounding on the edge of a breakdown the music will split audiences into those who hear nails on a blackboard and those who hear beefed up blues. Where ever you personally sit on the scale there is no doubt that you will pay attention and for a band, it is far better to be noticed than unheard.
A busy out-fit in the local environs Them Moose Rush can often be found on stage, providing testament to their live performances and this has been supplemented by a recent seven track LP – The Future Miss Sunshine. If you are a fan of acid rock the trio will be exactly in the right vein, for those with a more traditional take on rock, it is most certainly worth taking the music for a run-out and giving time for brain to adjust. Within the twists and turns there is a group of musicians who are able to frame their compositions within a context and add relevant variations the theme.
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Lolita is an indie pop band from Koprivnica in Croatia with the line-up of Antonio Hanžek (drums), Charles Cmrk (bass) and John Grobenski (guitar / vocals).
There is an easy relaxed style that Lolita delivers with vocals in English and clear influences from ’60s brit-rock it would be easy to dismiss this as nothing much of anything at all. To discard it so quickly would, in my view, to be make a mistake.
Whilst not seeking to turn the world of music upside-down, the trio throw up some interesting markers. The recorded material has that distinctive sound of recordings made pre MP3 multi channel recordings, which immediately captures the ear as genuine and heartfelt, with the music laid out to stand or fall on its own right. I am also reflective of the fact that much of the music I hear coming out of the former Yugoslavian conglomeration as they have devolved into their separate and distinctive states typically is of far gruffer and vitriolic texture and this of itself marks Lolita as worthy of note with their more exuberant, though not naive, take on region. Valuable music has to be taken in the context in which it is created and while the notes may not sit naturally on my ears, I raise my hat to these guys who are striking by their very difference from that which locally surrounds them.
Having had the opportunity to take a listen to their eight track LP Lipstick Pop, I can confidently say Lolita is worthy of far more than a cursory glance.
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