King Catcher from England who have frequently featured since their introduction in 2016 released their latest single today – the downtempo – Fear And Loathing.
As has previously been noted, on opening the wrapping it always comes as something of a dip in to a box of Bassetts Liquorice allsorts as to what will emerge and their latest track takes the duo on to yet another different trajectory to material previously featured.
Iin keeping with what, as I type, is an overcast, gloomy day, Fear And Loathing compliments the brooding half-light outside.
There is a drifting cloud of electronica which slowly fills the room with a portent of claps of thunder and sparks of lightning to follow, accompanying the contrasting expanding and contracting synthesised vocal which measures, one moment up beat melodic flows the next ominous monotone menace.
Once again the English alt-rock band The Ringards ring up the changes to their sound with the latest track – Steppenwolf – which appeared on the 28th.
Imagine for a moment Transylvania was transported to Patagonia – and you will be in the right area for the new track.
A delicious gothic gloom is laden with the terraces of the wilderness of South America both gathered together for a sultry tango, with Steppenwolf jousting a hip writhing beat as the listener submits to the lead of the black-leather clad, high stilettos dominance of the sensuousness of the bass / vocal combinations.
Probably best heard whilst bound and slicked in body oil with a gyrating partner to fully appreciate – though as the track lasts only a margin over two and a half minutes – think of it as a scene setter and not a timer.
The trio of Craig (Guitar), Jimmy (Bass) and Rob (Drums) from Leicester (England) who form the maths-rock band Jouska are planning for an LP next year.
On the 30th of November they released the two track single Lunapark (available on bandcamp), both of which will be on the album, immediately strikes the ears with the finesse of interplay, in what are predominately instrumental compositions.
While being of the sharp angles anticipated by mathematical-rock they have been able to invest a sense of the sharp rebound of a snooker ball cannoning off the cushion of new rubber on a snooker table, which gives the music an unexpected organic ebb and flow.
My pick of the single – the second track – Stopped Clock, this sense of a living and breathing being is further enhanced by a shifting timestamp which gives the music, as well as spiked points, an ever changing signature. It of course does help, to my ears, that a prominent bass guitar proffers strings through the speakers for the listener to pluck.