Heavy Lids – Neon Graffiti – Single Review

The English dreamwave quintet Heavy Lids released their début single Neon Graffiti on the 8th.

Heavy Lids

Heavy Lids

Heavy Lids have flown under the radar since their appearance towards the end of last year and with fortune this single will mark a step change in visibility. It is very easy to overlook Sheffield, their hometown in England, for its musical heritage and spread of international influence. To do so is somewhat shortsighted as is, in my view, the potential for these five.

Neon Graffiti is a track which immediately seeps deep in to the listener as the combinations of slowcore synth, gazey guitar and ethereal vocal rotate around subtle, yet demanding bass and percussion. I posit Heavy Lids are a band to get to see now in the early stages of development prior to needing to take out a loan to afford to see them perform live in a few years time on much larger stages.

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Acide Adore – Dans Le Feu – Audio

Acide Adore is a France and England based dreamwave outfit.

Acide Adore

Acide Adore

The latest track, Dans Le Feu, wraps the listener in a layer of sumptuous scented oils which feed through the torso like a skilled massage wafting away the knots of muscle contractions and leaving the listener in relaxed and quiet repose some little while after the notes have faded far in to the distance.

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BountyTweex – Say – Audio

The Russian dreamwave outfit BountyTweex released the LP Ignition on the 12th.

BountyTweex - Ignition - original artwork

BountyTweex – Ignition – original artwork

Originally scheduled for release last year, new tracks were added and the release delayed, to reflect of the slightly different overall soundscape of the LP the original artwork (shown above) which made strong reference to the influence of Japanese culture was changed to the one below (in music embed) which makes greater emphasis of the dreamy soundscape of the overall scope of Ignition, though still drawing from the initial well of thought.

My selection of the nine track album is the seventh – Say.

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Birthday Wish – Other. Minds – Single Review

Birthday Wish is a US dreamwave quartet.

Birthday Wish

Birthday Wish

I am once again late to another article, so my apologies to everyone for my poor administration.

Birthday Wish are all too familiar with my late replies as on the 7th of this month I dropped them an email apologising for the late response to an email of theirs from October 2016 to which I received an almost instantaneous response to let me know of the single Other. Minds which had been released on bandcamp a few hours earlier – it has taken me until now to actually get to that email too.

Infrequently releasing new tracks, with Other. Minds being the follow up to the 2016 EP Born To A Cause (also on bandcamp) is of very different flavour to the last, mathematical-architectured, release.

Other. Minds, though only lasting less than three minutes, seeps deep in to the marrow bone as the music drifts through the room in a hazy flow of synthesis and instrumentation as it slows down the pace of the day to a more gentle undulation and a track to pull out when life gets too frenetic.

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Over Sands – ISTHMUS – Single Review

The English dreamwave duo Over Sands released the single ISTHMUS on the 27th of February.

Over Sands - ISTHMUS

Over Sands – ISTHMUS

Last featured in 2015 it is good to catch up with the output which has a reference point to three years ago with music of dreamy soundscape, though now of greater synthesis which enables them to to explore the themes of the slowly revolving tracks more fully.

Threads of guitar and electronica interweave through the speakers in unhurried waves which as they expand become ever more fused one in to the other sublimating in to the listener who finds their body and mind syncopating with the immersive fluidity. While the vocal slips in and out of earshot ISTHMUS introduces synthesised brass and samples to fill the spaces which adds further texturing to the melting composition.

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