The US maths-metal quartet Dancer will be releasing their début EP Hidden In Words on the 18th of May with a launch show at Arlene’s Grocery, New York on the 24th.
Cold Crown, from the forthcoming EP (which was released as a standalone single last week), has a brooding angular crunchiness to it that fills the room with an oppressive atmosphere as it, in common with the release as a whole, reflects on the ease with which it is to be coerced by peer pressure to make bad decisions, though rather than Hidden In Words being a release of only melancholic introspection the EP identifies opportunities to grow can be grasped through mistakes and ultimately offers a guide towards an optimistic future.
There is an intriguing coalescence of ideas that launch themselves in to the room as angular steel is curved by a soldering iron, resulting in what could be described as distorted-melted-metal, or, possibly, logarithmic-vectored-maths-rock.
However you approach it – you will get the gist by taking a listen to the one and only track thus far around – Want & Need – of a quartet which is less than a month old.
The English indie-skiffle trio White Light release the two track single Dancer on the 23rd.
There is a delightful juxtaposition between tightly strung guitar and the background thrubbing bass and sudden appearance of analogue keys which poke their head in to the room two thirds of the way through the track that bounces around the room as White Light surface the title for the single.
Not attempting to obfuscate – White Light make no pretence they are a band to enjoy at a birthday bash as they grab hold of the listener and twirl them around the dance-floor to the flexing drums and sprightly vocal. Equally importantly the trio are able to deliver their retro-’80s californian-surf references in a style that is as fresh as a daisy as they bloom from the speakers. How could anyone not be smiling once having engaged?
White Light are a band to put on the playlist any moment you are finding life a tad oppressive and they will immediately lighten your mood – in the video they even manage to make the puppet of Mrs. Thatcher appear benign, which is no mean feat at all.