The Low Countries – Putty – Audio

The Low Countries, an England based alt-folk outfit, are planning to release the LP We Weathered The Storm in March.

The Low Countries - Putty

The Low Countries

After a dearth of new material since 2016 it was a delight to discover there is more in the offing from a troupe who are able to able to deliver music which teeters betwixt the stool of melancholic despondency and optimistic glee without ever seeming at odds with the juxtaposition.

The first track to surface from the album, which itself will be released as a stand alone single on the 26th, Putty, (a revision of the original which appeared on the 2014 LP – A Prize Everytime) extrapolates the contrasts of their material as the dour vocal lays astride accompanying guitars, harmonica and percussion, which has the listener both bleary eyed and stamping feet with wide grin at one and the same moment.

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Black Fun Surgery – Black Smoke – Audio

The England based electro-goth duo Black Fun Surgery are finalising details for the LP Patches.

Black Fun Surgery - Black Smoke

Black Fun Surgery

The latest song to surface Black Smoke (available on bandcamp) is less compacted than the last track to feature – Plastic.

The drifting vocal gives the song an ethereal layer through which electronica oscillates between pulsing beats and shadowy echoing, resulting in a song that is best heard while dancing in a dimly lit cavernous basement.

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LOCKS – Skin – Audio

The England based Gothic-blues quartet LOCKS are recording new material for their  forthcoming début LP.

LOCKS - Skin

LOCKS

Although only having featured once, over a year ago, immediately on hitting play in the first song to be revealed from the LP, which appeared on the 13th – Skin – the listener is reminded of their signature sound of a trotting double-bass around which the compositions cast their spell.

If anything LOCKS have become even more morose in Skin with bells appearing as though chiming across a cemetery at a funeral. Whilst the mesmerising vocal is given space and presence the engaging twist to the song being the fiddle afforded greater prominence and gradually building its influence through the just over four minutes duration adding a distinctive celtic reference to the track, which given the duality of Irish and English members of the band is to be welcomed and unsurprising.

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Caper Parade – Brass Balloon – Audio

The England based funk trio Caper Parade released the LP Never Too Much Love on the 6th.

Caper Parade

Caper Parade

Blending together sounds of the ’70s and ’80s in Never Too Much Love, Caper Parade, deliver a release that has the listener searching for white, gold-braided, bell-bottoms and disco balls in which to get in to the vibe – making this an album to bring out whenever there is heard mention of a party.

The last of the six songs is Brass Balloon.

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Never Too Much Love – EP – Caper Parade is available on iTunes.*

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Transatlantic Family Band – Vision – Single Review

The England based psychedelic-rock quintet Transatlantic Family Band released the single Vision today.

Transatlantic Family Band

Transatlantic Family Band

The echoing reverb laden guitars enmesh the listener in hues of trippy waves as the drifting synth floats mysteriously through the backdrop giving Vision a space-rock feel and the listener is minded of the likes of Hawkwind.

The propulsion for the music and the means by which there is a cohesion to the disparate elements comes from the omnipresent rumbling of bass and the drum-kit, that flows in and out of consciousness giving Vision (which is available on bandcamp) its shifting shapes while the quietly laid vocal rounds out a track, which although lasting for less than five minutes, finds the audience loosing track of time.

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