The Milwaukee (USA) alt-rock quintet Flat Teeth, comprised of Nik (Vocals / Guitar), Andy K (Guitars), Ken (Bass), Andy O (Keys) and Brian (Drums) ,will be releasing the LP Winter House on the 29th.
The six track album (available on bandcamp) holds the attention of the listener as the quintet deliver their blend of rocky riffs and emo twinges which is served on the plate with tasty garnishes.
Flat Teeth carve out space for themselves with the judicious harmonies of vocal by the two Andys‘ supporting the lead of Nik allowing them significant flexibility, which combines with the two guitars, again enabling themselves room for expression, while the keys affords the means by which to infuse the tracks with their different textures.
My pick of the release being the penultimate song – Play Different.
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Image Society is an indie band from New York in the USA comprising Jordan, Conrad, Sean and Brian.
Tightly woven guitars wrap themselves around a percussion that storms its way around the room. Image Society deliver an out-put that has a fresh zing to it, easy to listen to but, not fallen over into the pit of radio friendly wallpaper music. The quartet use dampers to keep the notes brief and this enables them to give the sense of spaciousness inside the frenetic levels of activity that plays through each track, leaving the audience with plenty of time to follow the complete context of the pieces.
Somewhat jazz funk derived Image Society sharpen everything up, to deliver a sound that pushes forward with urgency, giving the music a surprising twist of intrigue.
A band that is well worth spending some time to explore as on greater familiarity the rich textures become more apparent and the whole perception develops to realise the Image Society is a quartet with considerable technical and compositional skill.
I wish Image Society continued success with their music.
The Doom of Youth – EP – Image Society is available on iTunes.*
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The Bordellos from St. Helens in England is the agit-rock trio of Brian (Guitar / Bass /vocals), Dan (Keyboards / Bass / Guitar / Drums / Vocals) and Ant (Percussion / Harmonica / Vocals).
Ever focussing on issues which vex them, The Bordellos reflect a continually changing landscape in their music. Extant for many a year through various iterations, the music ever has a connectedness of vicissitude melted into lo-fi hieroglyphs.
There is much to credit a core group of musicians who can find commonality in an ever shifting paradigm of shifting sands as they peruse the inconsistencies of the world outside their window. Parallaxes of sounds drift across the room as The Bordellos expound on the issues of strife.
Sporadic releases are made available in short bursts of activity which resonate of a moment in time and the band offers a reflective snapshot of the surrounding moment.
Personally I enjoy music which is of its moment as it stands as a testament, in the same way to diary entries of currency. Which for it’s very self-reflective introspection makes it less tangible when looked at from a different lens and I will inevitably seek to offer you music from time to time which causes you a moment to conjugate.
I find The Bordellos fascinating for their very inconsistencies and hope they stay to diarise the world from St. Helens for a long time to come.
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Invasions a dream pop quintet from Toronto in Canada is Alex, Brian, Matt, Brian and Ara.
The mystique of Invasions emerges from the lo-fi connotations. Kick off your shoes and let the warming waves of the quintet wash over the body; Strip away the clothing and just revel in the warming jets of mist that flow around the room as the band mutates betwixt the instrumentation as an unstoppable stream of warming instrumentation disperses its scent, whilst the vocal slides though the instruments like a panther stalking prey.
Configured to entice the pleasure zones, Invasions portend of delights to come and the triumphalist bugle which intersperse many tracks sits as a valedictory triumphalism which suits the minds eye of the audience. Displaced sounds weft across the room, floating like ethereal spirits for the ears to hone towards yet fail to capture as the group meanders off the direction of travel.
Individual tracks are not overly long, yet the brain is convinced it has been on a lengthy stay as Invasions combine both simple constructs with variations on a theme providing sounds which capture the imagination. I just need another lay down to absorb the atmosphere.
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