Baker Island – Low Cost Locust – Audio

The English gaze-rock quintet Baker Island released the EP Always, 1995 on the 31st of March.

Baker Island - Photo by The Noise & The Naive

Baker Island – Photo by The Noise & The Naive

The four track release (available on bandcamp) is a collection of very different tracks which centre around a subtle synth that allow the quintet to explore quiet eddies and bubbling rivulets with equal finesse.

The dual six stringers hazily weave around the electronica creating the atmospherics of the songs while restful bass and drums sway through the ears with the vocal threading a fine line betwixt the disparate elements of the tracks. While not ripping out the edges of the envelope Baker Island, in the EP, have formulated a release which has a vaguely experimental air and therefore best heard in one, roughly fourteen minutes, sitting to fully enjoy.

By way of a taster of Always, 1995 – the closer Low Cost Locus.

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Spirits Of Leo – Eden – Audio

The US gaze-rock quintet Spirits Of Leo will be releasing the LP Equinox on the 23rd.

Spirits Of Leo

Spirits Of Leo

The latest track to surface from the album (which is available on bandcamp) the ninth of the sixteen – Eden – glides through the room as though a ghostly apparition as the shadowy silhouette of the shimmering echoing vocal and guitars are given formation by forceful bass / percussion combinations with the dreamy synth drifting in out out of focus in a song that minds the listener of early ’80s synth-rock.

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The Double Happiness – Stalker – Audio

The Australian gaze-rock quartet The Double Happiness released the LP City yesterday.

The Double Happiness

The Double Happiness

A soundtrack that minds of early Factory Records releases, The Double Happiness features gazey echoing delayed guitar which cocoons the brain in warm tones while a stippling percussion and quietly determined bass maintain progression with the second guitar forming drifting shapes of sound that allies with the subtle shifts in pacing, emphasis and tempo and the interchangeable trio of voices all enabling the quartet to deliver music which keeps the listener fully engaged.

The second of the six tracks on the album (which is available on bandcamp) being my pick of the release – Stalker.

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Nasari – Robyn’s Room – Audio

Nasari is a gaze-rock quartet from Scotland.

Nasari

Nasari

Luxuriant echoing reverberating guitar slowly circles out of the speakers filling the room with mesmeric folds of sound while the bass and percussion enable Nasari to give their songs an anchor around which to pivot the compositions with a dreamy vocal rounding out the music of a quartet I look forward to hearing much more in short order.

By way of an introduction the B side of the two track single Afterglow which was released recently – Robyn’s Room.

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Kyle & The Pity Party – My Car – Audio

The US gaze-rock quartet Kyle & The Pity Party will be releasing the EP Home tomorrow.

Kyle & The Pity Party

Kyle & The Pity Party

The first song to surface from the four track EP, which is available as a stand alone single on bandcamp – My Car – floats through the room in washes of blurry reverb and expansive echo which cloaks the room in a slowly drifting mist as the composition surfaces from the speakers as though filtered through voile whilst a dreamy vocal gently massages the tensor tympani.

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