The Russian electro-stoners Idltry released the EP The Rite a few hours ago.
Opening with Celebrate a rebounding refraction of light display Idltry set out their stall of retro-rave – inviting the listener to drop into the zone with synths colliding into a Scintillating scotoma.
Next on the four track release is We Are The Rhythm which bounces around the head in just over four and half minute of entrancing psychedelic arm waving spirals of mesmeric fractals as indented burnishes of percussion thresh through the room.
Magician is a funky trip to the ’70s finding the listener hugging all those all around them as Idltry deploy sharp escarpments of ridging beat with a proto-moog backdrop which takes the listener back to White Noise.
Concluding The Rite is my pick of the release OOjamaflip with its new-romantic hip-swivel and echoing softness.
Formed only in February Idltry is a trio with much to say and they describe it deftly, I look forward to following their progressive regression.
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This has been in my in-box since January – my apologies to the English angst-rock band White Ape, Sotones Records and you for the late delivery of a review of EP Pig’s Head which was released on the 4th.
Introduced back in 2014 as a Rock ‘n’ Roll outfit White Ape have gradually changed Brothel Creepers to 14 Hole DMs over the years with material of more scathing socio-democratic perspective culminating thus far in an EP which for those who follow the politics of the UK will immediately raise an arm in the air with the title ‘Pig’s Head’, or a scowl of indignation – depending on which side of the fence one brawls – for those less au-fait – bear with me and it will all become clearer.
Fucking A Dead Pig’s Head the opener to the EP has to be my pick of the release as it reflects of a story surrounding the current Prime Minister of the UK. More than that the track has a wonderful hip sway that will find you skipping around the dance-floor in joyful footstep as strung out guitar slings loops around the room.
The track which raises White Ape above previous material on Pig’s Head is One Of These Days You’re Going To Get Yourself Killed as they play around with variable tempos threading inside one another and discovers previously unearthed compositional abilities.
Next is the immediately provocative anti-State Religion stance of Barabbas with a pulverising percussion that stamps holes in the walls as the bass bustles supporting pillars and the chorus finds the guitar and vocal joining in and inviting the audience for more leverage to bring the architecture tumbling down. How could I not think you should spend more time to listen to the track than read my words.
Closing the four track EP with Believe in which White Ape bring back those footsteps of rock-a-billy which they play so well and the listener finds themselves in shoe-shuffle to a condensed percussion that thumps off the ceiling in cantankerous mood, a track that reminds me of I Just Can’t Be Happy Today by The Damned and therefore an absolute pleasure to hear.
White Ape have been able to deliver a release from which any track could be the pick of the release – to my mind this should be a quadruple A side single, then I would have had a rationale to share every track with you – I think by now you will spot – even if you are not a regular reader – I am quite fond of the music of White Ape.
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The US indie-dream duo Loop Line released the four track EP Wakes on the 24th of January.
Stepping back to the ’60s Nothing About You has an undercarriage of Merseybeat in the passage of the Queensway Tunnel as the doo-wop circulates inside an echo chamber of distortion.
Gun finds greater clarity of sound though more confabulation of construct as Loop Line stir in a perpendicular cuts of angularity to deliver a track that whilst perplexing has a continuum that is fathomable.
The penultimate number – Parts Unknown – my pick of the release conflates both the clarity and the retrograde of the two prior tracks and finds the listener donning black four in hand tie, waisted grey collarless undercoat and white shirt to get in with the moment.
The concluding track Dusty Keys is a neat rounder to Wakes as it finds Loop Line stepping into the 21st Century with a spacious soundtrack that sharpens the earlier pieces.
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The ever creative Serbian angst-rock trio Muerto Rico released their latest EP Undermost on the 17th.
Following on from their September release Worst Coast, Undermost (which is available on bandcamp) continues with the raging emo schematic.
The first of the four tracks – Brüte Blavor, descends into the room in seemingly benign mood, before the sweetly plucked guitar notes evidence the mendacious intent and distort into the scrawling foment that is Muerto Rico in full flow of malicious incitement with the vocal of extended neck veins being joined by insurgent angular instrumentation and a percussion caterwauling of unheralded invective.
Choufflait – despite a title that may have you thinking of a Parisian pâtisserie is a full throttle just under two minutes of delightful bulldozing sludge.
My pick of the release is the abstruse Talk Is Cheap, Silence Is Free, which is set to the most melodious and calmly extrapolated fretwork I have featured of the tracks by Muerto Rico over the past few articles about the band, yet despite the calmness of the musical accompaniment, the vocal is still delivered as though hollering from a very deep well then suddenly restrained by a chorus of voices to which the listener feels invited to accompany.
The concluding track of Undermost is Muerto Rico is back on familiar territory as 21st Century Bastards hurtles into the room as though unfurled from a cruise missile launcher in an excoriating delve through moral political malaise.
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The English electro-hum duo Yours release their EP Hard To Speak on the 27th.
The twenty minutes of the four tracks of luxurious textures opens with This Might Not Be The Time To Ask, a piece which for Yours veritably skips along, with an open framework highlighting the electronics which gradually whir into the signature somnambulism.
Next is When You Notice Me, a track that glides elegantly into the room prior to a skipping mouse dancing gaily across the ears only to disappear and reappear across the four and a tad minutes, giving the spacious piece a recurrent surprise, which Yours do not overplay. A thoughtfully put together composition, that combines both movement and recumbence, in which the listener can let their imagination have free reign.
The penultimate track – How Much Can You Take – served as the introduction to the duo.
Concluding Hard To Speak is Keep You Waiting, which rounds out the EP with a pulsating bass section that rumbles around the room accompanied by the identifiable hazy vocal which whispers the context to the blends of creamy electronics and subtle guitar that make Yours a duo more than worth getting to discover.
Hard To Speak (which is available on bandcamp) is an EP to add to the playlist of music for moments of contemplation.
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