The England based, German retro-garage duo Leisure Tank released the single HIGHER on the 14th.
The framework of HIGHER (available on bandcamp) is built on the back of a scratchy guitar which gives the song it retrospective analogue sound. Percussion snickers in the background as it skips in freeform akin to a spring-lamb while the guitar weaves between the fuzzy glitch and warm melodies embracing the alluring vocal that reaches out to the audience with a teasing biting bottom lip.
It has been a couple of years since Leisure Tank last revealed new recorded material, I merely hope it isn’t until 2020 they next surface.
The England based indie-dance quartet River Fury are set to release their début LP Five Year Plan later in the year.
The first track to be revealed is Jewels Of The City, which is available on bandcamp, is a glittering array of popping guitar, bleary vocal and skipping tempo which has the ability to lighten even the darkest skies with its easy gait and leaves the listener in good humour.
The England based alt-rock trio Motorcycle Display Team release the LP Yours Probably on the 13th of April.
Motorcycle Display Team
In advance of the album they have made available an acoustic version of the seventh of the ten tracks – A Lady Never Tells – a dedication to ladies around the world who have suffered and continue to suffer from abuse in solidarity with the #MeToo groundswell.
The England based dreamwave outfit Hanging Valleys are working towards the release of an EP.
There is a calming mood which flows in to the room on listening to the first song to surface from the EP – Fortaleza (which was released as a stand alone single on the 9th) – as acoustic and electric guitar bend inside a spectral electronica while a hushed percussion can be heard peering through the mist.
On the basis of this, approaching five minutes track, the EP will be something to add to the collection and pull out when life is turning frenetic as the mind relaxes and finds time to refresh.
The England based synthwave trio Twist Helix are planning to release the LP Ouseburn later in the year.
To be more specific Twist Helix are based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and Ouseburn is an album of both sadness and delight.
To pin things down a little more the trio are actually based out of Ouseburn Valley which was at one time an industrial beating heart in North East England but, in common with the deindustrialisation of the manufacturing and extraction industries in the ’80s across the UK, Ouseburn Valley was left to fend for itself in its decline as a powerhouse of industry and over time has reinvented itself as the creative heart and soul of Newcastle Upon Tyne and a hub for musicians and music fans (sharper eyed readers will have noticed frequent images used over the years of performances at The Cluny) – hence an album tinged with both sadness and equally joy at the reincarnation of itself to once again become a vibrant centre.
The first song to surface from the LP and title track, Ouseburn (available as a stand alone single on bandcamp), sets the scene for the whole album reflecting as it does both on the past and the present.