King Neptune – Black Hole – Single Review

The US indie-rock project King Neptune released their début single – Black Hole on the 20th.

King Neptune

King Neptune

Shovel up the speakers before hitting play and revel in the sounds of King Neptune.

I often moan about British Bands who attempt a US accent ending up with something that sounds as-though it had drifted in from the Sargasso Sea. From New York, sounding as though born within earshot of the bells of St Mary-le-Bow, the vocals of Ian Kenny are able to access the breadth of the Atlantic, whilst retaining a firm foothold in Staten Island, prior to heading south to Houston (Texas), but there is far more to Black Hole than a voice capable of mimicry as the material is of distinct originality.




Contemplating of the dawning realisation that, that which was held on a pedestal has become a faint parody of its own image and as the track develops so the music breaks down – finishing on an acoustic one string finger-slide. Rarely are bands with many years behind them able to describe both vocally and instrumentally the auditory commentary of the concept behind the thought process with such mastery.

Given this début single King Neptune is a name to keep to the fore and I advise getting to know them at the early stages of their development.

I wish them every success in their journey and hope to be able to come back in due course with more detailed consideration when there are a few more songs around.

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Thee Aspiring

From Coventry in England you will find Francis Anderson (Drums / Backing Vocals), Jamie Chalmers (Acoustic Guitar / Vocals) and Vincent Moss (Electric Guitar) who form the rolling-rock band Thee Aspiring.

Thee Aspiring - rolling-rock from England

Thee Aspiring

Every couple of years Thee Aspiring surface with a new release, akin to the regularity of tides in the phases of the moon, the only sadness is they don’t find themselves in syncopation with the cycle of four weekly lunar phases as what they do deliver is  joy to the ears.




There is a Romany-Celtic flow of sounds that pours through the room, inviting the listener to dance around the camp-fire to the natural rhythms which the stereocilia fold around in sympathetic stomps, demanding the body follows suit.

The partially shaded undertow of the material minds of espying what appears to be a great-white shark swimming under the boat giving the music a chilling thrill which the gives the audience its collective breathless anxiety. However the Carcharodon Carcharias turns out to be a Stenella Clymene playing in the shallows and the mind can relax into the pleasured tones of Thee Aspiring.

My only hope is that it doesn’t take Thee Aspiring until 2018 to resurface with a follow-up to the three track single Elevate.

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