The US nu-disco project The News revealed the début track Fail Better within the past three quarters of an hour.
There is something perspicacious of a brand new entity who release as their initial offering a track about relationship breakdown as The News already describe the silos of isolationist iconoclasts of the world of the latter part of the ’10s.
The News deliver material which needs to be encased in a time-capsule to relay of the world of pixel communication and despite the foreboding of the impending break-up – I cross my fingers that Fail Better (available on bandcamp) is not a firelight in the sky and swansong of The News to never to be heard of again – time will discover.
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Tripwires from Reading in England is the psychedelic shoegaze quartet of Rhys, Joe, Ben and Sam Millionaire.
As Tripwires mesmerically stream into the room, the listener has their mind expanded to capture the quantum of sounds which emerge. With a plethora of influences the quartet have tamed the tigers to provide the audience with music to unfurl their brain.
Whilst the tracks bustle with activity, it is almost as though the sounds are played in slow-motion, which gives the ears something of a sensory illusion, developing perceptible changes in the thinking processes as the tracks develop. Whilst individual pieces are not overly long, the mind becomes so involved in the events occurring, that time stands still and much like a dream that only lasts a split second, the receiver is given the impression they have been hypnotised for many an hour.
Tripwires produce a sound that leaves the brain needing time to rebalance itself and is probably best not taken just before an important meeting, else others will get the impression you are tripping out. Any-time you are after some escapism, then the quartet is definitely to be added to the playlist.
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Fires Island Pines an alt-indie collective from Wadebridge in England is Anton, Andy, Ben, Seamus, Simon and Tom.
Fire Island Pines
Fire Island Pines bring together jangly pop with trumpets and sympathy to deliver melodic twists and turns of tempered sounds that mercurially flow into the ears. The sextet build their music into generous layers which have a presence that is demanding of attention as the polarities of the instruments and influences ease across each other in immersive combinations.
The bitter-sweet final product is finely balanced, with the out-put having a hazed delivery, which adds to the sensibilities of the music that Fire Island Pines creates. Despite the numbers of players, there is nothing over reached in the sounds, which find the players ably folding one into the other creating a cohesive sound that has a generous layers for the listener to consider.
As I comment, from time to time, I do always promise to get back to every introduction, though not always in a timely manner and it was back in June 2011 that I received the introduction. Somehow things do marry up as it was only towards the end of last month that Fire Island Pines released their début ten track LP – True Grit (which is available on bandcamp).
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O is the electro-ambient quintet of Levi, Kay, Jan, Ben and Yves who are divided between Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium.
Wait until dusk or draw the curtains before taking a delve into O. The music trickles into the room like an emergent stream source on a peat bog, clear though almost indiscernible, yet to gather the momentum to form a raging river feeding the oceans and as you allow the music to develop in the ears so the immensity of this sound becomes apparent.
O ask nothing more of you than to approach the music with an open mind and time to spare whilst allowing yourself the space and setting to let the quintet do their thing, providing a mythical journey of sound and thinking for the brain. It is the fragility of the threads of compositions which the players have mastered to provide the listener with an ever evolving shape-shifting experience of discovery, that marks this out for recommendation.
The releases all attest to the organic fluidity of the creativity and the out-put is best listened to in an isolated contemplative space to allow the music to wash unhindered around the mind.
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Spit Shake Sisters the garage rock quartet of Harrison (Guitar /Vocals), Rivers (synth / guitar / vocals), Ben (Bass / Vocals) and Zal (Drums) is from Brighton in England.
Spit Shake Sisters
Ignore the obvious pastiche of The Nuns and we find Spit Shake Sisters have some sounds of their own to resonate. The only sadness is they wanted to subsume themselves inside another band from before when the players were born, but on peeling back the plastic we find sounds of crawling locusts emerging from the pupae. Moving onwards….
Spit Shake Sisters send tightly knotted reflections of The Kinks swarming into the room as they gather their skirts and scuff around the floor lathering layers of dust on the audience. There is a concurrency that filters inside the retrospective to deliver music which is of its time, as dragging bass lines harpoon the six strings towards the audience, whilst in the background plays a landscape. Vocal temptations draw the listener towards the speakers.
I want to engage with Spit Shake Sisters, they need to get over being a band that was of its prime in the early ’80s, particularly when on stage they don’t don the habits they use in promotional material, if ever there was a band who needed to change their plastic profile and name – as inside it all they are of relevance to the ’10s if only they ever get to believe it.
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