Two Cartoons – Less People (Less Traffic) – Single Review

The haze-rock duo of Bradley Craig and Isaac McFarlane from Dunedin (New Zealand), known as Two Cartoons, released the single Less People (Less Traffic) on the 12th.

Two Cartoons

Two Cartoons

Their back catalogue of music is an intoxicating blend of drifting melancholia laced with party balloons and a dash of sarcasm which enables them to reveal music that burrows its way deep in to the listeners limbic system and Less People (Less Traffic) continues in that vein.

Blurry guitar meanders through the room in stop start motion, as though snuffling the nooks and crannies of the skirting board, while a busy percussion tumbles through the speakers with the vocal bleeding through a hazy voile.

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Electric Currant – RUST – Audio

The New Zealand industrial-glitch quartet Electric Currant released the two track single CORRODE on the 12th.

Electric Currant

Electric Currant

The two songs are of very different flavour – my selection from the single (available on bandcamp) being the opener RUST – much akin to the release title the listener is left inspecting their speakers just to ensure the acidic, corrosive glitch hasn’t found its way into the cabinets as the nibbled stutter of the electronica leaves the room coated in an acrid steam.

The closer AI – being a softly brushed multilayered RnB weave of voices and instrumentation.

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Marlin’s Dreaming – I’ll Stick By You – Audio

Marlin’s Dreaming, the New Zealand surfgaze quartet, released the single I’ll Stick By You on the 28th of August, which is taken from the EP Talk On/Commic coming out on the 18th.

Marlin's Dreaming - photo by @camhay_ photo

Marlin’s Dreaming – photo by @camhay_ photo

Raising even higher, what was previously, a high bar; in I’ll Stick By You (available on bandcamp)  Marlin’s Dreaming are able to create a song which has the hallmarks of a band who should already be well known globally and one can only cross fingers that the EP is able to secure that twist in fate for them.

Subtle shifts of pace and keys through the song change moods and shading in the composition. Anchored around a solid percussion the guitars are given room to display, akin to a peacock strutting, with bass maintaining forward progression with the vocal more than capably corralling the disparate elements of I’ll Stick By You.

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Plaines – From Silence – Audio

The New Zealand ambient-rock and visual arts collective, Plaines, released their eponymous LP on the 27th of August.

Plaines

Plaines

The softly brushed velvet textured album (available on bandcamp) which has a dreamy gauze through which the eight songs are filtered drifts slowly through the room settling gently on the ears.

Given the still waters which emerge from the speakers, it may be anticipated there is little happening under the surface, far from it, akin to a swan frantically paddling beneath the apparently effortlessly gliding body, so it is with Plaines who elegantly deliver what are complex underpinning sequences and structures.

The fifth song – From Silence would seem to be an appropriate track to introduce their work.

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The Beths – Uptown Girl – Audio

The New Zealand summerhaze quartet, The Beths, released the LP Future Me Hates Me on the 10th.

The Beths

The Beths

A ten track album (available on bandcamp) which no matter the season pours bright sunshine through the speakers as the room fills with the sounds of fuzzy surf-garage good-time rock’n’roll.

Uptown Girl is the bright and breezy third composition.

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