Plastic Flowers, originally from Greece, now based in London, England, is the shoeshuffle-gaze duo of G and Anjel.
Simply laid out blocks of tempo are interlaced with ever expanding waves of sound as Plastic Flowers deliver echoes which spiral around the speakers prior to drifting expansively around the room. There is an immediate appeal to the tranquil material that eases its way into the ears.
The duo do not seek to turn upside down the metronome, as an ever present pace pulses, what Plastic Flowers is able to do, is fill those spaces with expansive layers of texture as electronics and instrumentation gently wash against each other before falling away akin to ripples meeting in an otherwise still pond.
Despite having established a established a foothold in the UK, Plastic Flowers retain a cohesion with their home-country, drawing reference material with a Mediterranean feel, that coalesces with icy blasts from North Atlantic streams.
Plastic Flowers is able to provide the listener with a broad brush of lapping sounds that has the potential to resonate not just across both Northern and Southern Europe, but far wider globally.
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Blindmunkee is the agit-rock quintet of G (Vocals), Mik (Bass), Stu (Guitar), Adz (Drums) and Lem (Vocals) from Melbourne in Australia.
Blindmunkee – agit-rock from Australia
Raking gouges out of societal dysfunction Blindmunkee offer an engaging sound best describe as hip-hop metal. Guitar welts emblazon the wall, as the bass and percussion bound around the room switching between grinding grooves and rumbustious lashes as a half spoken lyric ties the disparate elements together.
The audience is not left in a state of confusion, rather left wanting more, as Blindmunkee deliver an out-put that immediately on hitting play, makes perfect sense. The sneering rage captivates the listener as the quintet deliver their tracks that contain both melodic themes and out-right rancour and the body is left in the unusual space of head-banging whilst jiving.
Establishing an ever growing presence in their home country with their fiery live performances it will be interesting to see if Blindmunkee are able to transfer that to wider international audience and to help with this I hope they find some time to release more material as the tracks, whilst often focussing on National and Local issues, have a global relevance.
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