daRKRam is the ambient-darkness project of the Italian musician Ramon Moro.
The creeping flow of brooding encasement gradually fills the room, and the listener, with the foreboding presence that is Equilibrium – the just under five and two thirds minutes – second of the nine tracks on the latest LP – Stone & Death (available through OneRPM).
The Macedonian alt-rock quartet Kolt are scheduling the release of the LP Solipse for late November / early December.
Kolt – Solipse – artwork
Chess, the second of the ten tracks, finds Kolt in progressive rock mood with the piece easing its way around the room in muted tone. Guitar gently picks its way through the opening bars to be accompanied by a steeped vocal, before the full line-up raises the temperature with building stacks, only to drift away to gentleness as quickly as arrived.
Listening to the just over four minute track reminds of watching smoke caught in a draft, circling rapidly before settling back to a graceful wave. Kolt are able to provide the audience with sufficient movement to retain interest, without ever forcing the issue, enabling the mind to become becalmed by the eddies and flows of Chess.
Chess is one of the more calming tracks in Solipse, an album that enables Kolt to deliver their breadth of influences and a welcome follow-up to Equilibrium, their début LP, released just under a year ago.
Kolt from Skopje in Macedonia is the alt-rock quartet of Zlatko Petrovski (Vocals), Nick Velevski (Bass), Tomi Apostolov (Guitar) and Dejan Kotorcevic (Drums).
From concept in January to full band line-up in September and a début eleven track LP – Equilibrium – in December Kolt have had an eventful first year.
The music translates this pent-up frustration as Kolt fuse British Blues with West Coast USA rock with a rumbling tempestuousness. In an intriguing format of difference with Kolt it is often the vocal that reigns the compositions as the guitar waves a wand of moon-dust, whilst the percussion is given room to lay out space to explore and the bass forces the compression. This layout works well and the quartet is able to offer semblances of the familiar with the strikingly refreshing.
Kolt is a band I look forward to hearing more of in the future and having gone through the conceptual phase with an impetus and desire to getting out that first LP it will be interesting to hear how much further they can develop both with the song-writing and transferring those thoughts to establish and develop their live stage presence. I wish them the best for 2015.