Ivory Wave – Frankie – Single Review

The quintet of George Johnson (Vocals), Connor McMinn (Guitar), Luke Morris (Bass), Rob Clarke (Keys) and Seb Baldwin (Drummer) who form the indie-dance band from Birmingham in England –  Ivory Wave – released the single Frankie on the 14th.

Ivory Wave - photo by Laura Benwell

Ivory Wave – photo by Laura Benwell

Having introduced Ivory Wave earlier this year, with some enthusiasm on hitting play, not being well disposed towards vocoders the opening phrases had me scratching my head in doubt, only for that to rapidly be dispelled as Frankie soon flowers in to a a trippE track which would not have been out of place at The Haçienda.

The synth melts in to the instrumentation to create a spiralling psychedelia of cascaded rock from which the vocal drifts in and out of focus, demanding of an immediate replay. An extended 12″ dayglo yellow vinyl version would not be unwelcome either.

Frankie – Single – Ivory Wave is available on iTunes.*

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The Black Roses – El Diablo – Single Review

The rock quartet of Anthony Stevenson (Vocals / Guitar), Richard Jones (Lead guitar), Mike Goodfellow (Drums) and Val Péan (Bass) from London (England) who form The Black Roses released the single El Diablo on the 14th.

The Black Roses

The Black Roses

Having had a wander through their back catalogue I nearly didn’t make it back as, akin to the title of their EP from last year, I found myself in a state of Utopia and who desires to leave utopia in a hurry?

El Diablo further attests to a quartet who know one end of a song from another as the dark oppressive presence bleeds in to the room with bass pulsing through the subwoofer and the guitars scratching at the walls while drum paces like a menacing guard corralling prisoners, tipped by a half-spoken vocal which combine to create a track of bewitching malediction.

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El Diablo – The Black Roses is available on iTunes.*

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Johnny Kills – Seems – Single Review

Yesterday the English garage-grunge trio, Johnny Kills, released the single Seems.

Johnny Kills - Seems

Johnny Kills

No, you haven’t got a fly buzzing inside your speakers it really is the coils of the sawing guitar introducing the track.

Rapidly building in to a fuller sound – Seems – is in some ways a distillation of their previous songs as it draws on many elements which were the pivots of earlier pieces to create a fusion of  their creative influences affording the track a familiarity, for those who know their music, with a fresh space of its own.

There is a grunge style welding of the emphasis of mid bar and slumping endings which affords the calmly paced composition its gloopiness while the expansive vocal, conversely, gives Seems a breezy zest making for a track that is an antidote to the daily grind of life.

Seems – Single – Johnny Kills is available on iTunes.*

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The Lucid Dream – Zenith (part 2) – Video

The Lucid Dream, an acid-house outfit from England, release the LP Actualisation on the 19th of October.

The Lucid Dream - Zenith (part 2)

The Lucid Dream

From the forthcoming release – Zenith (part 2) – is unexpectedly brief, coming in at less than three minutes, particularly given its luxurious palette of colours which wash through the room and envelop the listener in a dub fused mellowness.

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Modern Vampires – High Price – Audio

The English melancholic-folk duo Modern Vampires are set to release their début LP Midnight Pine on the 28th.

Modern Vampires

Modern Vampires

In advance – High Price – has been revealed as a stand alone single that is available on bandcamp.

The track combines fractured acoustic guitar, rending harmonica, soft bush synth, tempered percussion and breaking voice which don’t attempt to beautify or glamourise the commentary rather reflect of the conflict in Northern Syria from the posthumous perspective of Givara Rojava (Dean Carl Evans).

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