The English alt-rock project Vulcan Cicada released the EP Man Of The Meadows on the 23rd.
A five track release of varied textures, some folkish in flow others, such as the penultimate – Pinball, which features D.Ni.L., derived from growling rock roots.
Given the EP title, the disparate flow of songs makes perfect sense and the listener is minded of the multifarious abundance of differing plants in a wild garden, which is reflected in the variety of the music.
The English eviscerating-rap project D.Ni.L releases the LP The Boy Inside next month.
This is the third occasion that D.Ni.L has featured though the first as a solo performer – initially collaborating with Buttercream 87 – next with Wasabi Fire Alarm as part of the band.
As a solo artist D.Ni.L explores inner demons and hangs them out for others to inspect and regular readers will know that I always raise my hat to musicians who lay bare their own turmoils of life in full knowledge they are likely to be met by as much, if not more, derision as support for so doing.
Following on from the last years LP Suicide. In Sips. the first track from The Boy Inside is the self-explanatory Glue which fuses punchy vocals that jab the listeners jaw and slugging guitar which thumps in to the midriff resulting in the listener being invited to stop being merely a voyeur rather to have some sense of the numbing and cathartic effects of self-destructive behaviours – yet far from leaving the room in a sense of a desolate spiral there is a mood of positivism which permeates in to the audience, intimating of hurdles being leapt and dark roads fading in to the distance all leading to a brighter future.
The latest song to surface – Living Festival (He Loved It All) – which was revealed on the 30th of December, a collaboration with the English musician D.Ni.L, is an upbeat retro-dance track which invites the listener to disrobe their lives from the artifice of social mores in which all are expected to live the life of a template as stamped out by a bureaucrat – and enjoy moments as they arise.
The shifting electronica providing the structural architecture for a vocal which slips between baritone and countertenor that affords the song its organic temperament and finds the listener joining in, in easy dance-step.
Buttercream 87 doesn’t have a website or social media page to which I am able to direct you, nor a photographic image – hence the accompanying image of D.Ni.L.