The US rock duo In The Whale will be releasing the, five track plus an acoustic version of one song, EP Dopamine on the 3rd of August.
In The Whale
The song that is on the EP as both a plugged-in and acoustic has been made available in advance of the full release. The plugged-in version of Highway (the antepenultimate track on Dopamine) is a sludgy grunge track which trudges through the room in gloopy footstep, with the listener finding themselves attempting to dive in to the puddles to wallow in the muddy riffs and sunken drum-skins.
Wandering around the room with a retrospective air to the music, The Scuzzballs in Ooof (available on bandcamp) deliver a nine track album that transports the listener through the ages from Merseybeat influences to ’80s garage and ’90s indie, with more than a smattering of bang up to date currency.
Although not currently performing after Arfil Pajarillaga (Vocals / Guitar) moved to another part of the country this, their début LP, was predominately recorded after the move – news also arrives that they will be performing live in late October in their home town Cleveland and the possibility of a full revival in time is not discounted.
The US art-rock quartet saajtak released the two track single Hectic on the 28th of June.
A multifaceted roughly thirteen minutes release (available on bandcamp) that is highlighted by the immense vocals which have the ability to spiral deep inside the mind shifting synapses as it burrows. Layering the voice with instrumentation and synthesis that has an extemporised feeling enables the quartet to deliver a single which holds the imagination long after the moments have passed.
My selection of the two songs is the opener and title – Hectic.
The US synthwave quartet Other Americans released their eponymous LP on the 29th of June.
Other Americans – Photo by Mike Alexander
The second of the six songs on the LP – Make Me Afraid – has mix of the retrospective and current soundtrack which combines bright light and deep shadows to deliver a track that has a sweeping elegance that is underpinned by a looming menace in a composition written in the context of the fears and pleasures of trusting to falling in love.