The New York (USA) sadcore musician Victoria Bigelow is working towards the release of the EP Going Blue.
A couple of tracks have surfaced from the EP, the most recent of which, released as a standalone single on the 9th, Blame is best heard with a draw full of clean handkerchiefs prior to approaching.
The dreamy acoustics immerse themselves deep in to the limbic system and the listener finds themselves wallowing in the tear streaked melodic syncopation of the composition as the beat scatters through the ears overlayed by the intoxicating and hypnotic flow of the woe-struck emotional melancholia of the vocal.
It has been over two years since the English indie-rock band Echoic last featured…
Echoic – Shadows of You – artwork
…which reflects of when they last put out an EP with the recently released Shadows Of You being the follow up to Testify.
Unsurprisingly the sound has developed in the intervening years and whilst their rock background is evident in the influences of material, it is now of softer focus with a more dreamy atmosphere giving the effect of more spacious melodies which are given the room to develop within individual songs.
Tigerbalm is the alt-rock quartet of Harry, Greg, Jono, Jon from London in England.
A couple of months into their existence Tigerbalm -having initially sparked as The Capulets – have made three tracks available only one of which, intriguingly, contains vocals.
The, roughly, eight minutes of music currently available are of some considerable interest as the compositions evidence these are highly capable writers of music and arranging it in a way that provides the listener with the desire to hear more than is yet around. Although there are only the three tracks – Tigerbalm have been able to set out an impressive stall of wares.
From retro early ’70s rock to melancholic early ’80s new-wave through to ’10s instrumental maths-rock the quartet cover the basis with equal aplomb (although the material has been released in reverse of that list ordering). Tigerbalm demonstrate the capacity to explore those and probably more themes to greater depth whilst each time bringing in an emulsion of refined expansion that allows the sounds to salve embrocation to the stresses of the day, as the band name would suggest to be the case.
It will be interesting to discover the direction of travel for the quartet and I look forward to following their development.
By way of introduction, the one track containing voice, Blame – not because of the voice but as you will know I have a natural centre of gravity that makes new-wave the nearest to the ’70s punk in which I was initially involved as a band member all those decades ago and is my more natural stomping ground.