On the 27th the German alt-rock septet Hills Like White Elephants release the LP Ages.
Hills Like White Elephants
Each of the ten songs on the album (available on bandcamp) offers a different perspective of the varied crystal that is generically named ‘rock’ in compositions in which rather than using the multitude of players to add either volume or confusion, they are able to better articulate the complexities of their thought process, leaving the listener pleasurably supping their way through a bottle of Danziger Goldwasser.
Earlier this month they released the LP Exit Strategies. A twelve track album of ever changing shapes which is ideally suited to a full strobe-lit dancefloor and can be expected to be heard widely through clubs in the coming months.
The closing track is the darkly-cloaked Drug Dilling.
The German indie quintet CNGRTS release the EP A Fall from Grace on the 1st of September.
Counterintuitively given the song title Sedative, the first track to surface from the forthcoming release, is a more zingy soundtrack than music of theirs previously featured with sparkling guitar laid against sprightly tempo although the vocal maintains their signature drifting melancholia.
There is an inbuilt beauty to the darkly hewn tapestry that is Trains On Fire as the dank nature of the compositions rather than chilling the spine – sense of a come-hither promise of velvet blind-fold and silk tied limbs in which the listener is invited to enter a gothic bedchamber.
Most recently released was the nine track LP, The Wheel, which came out at the tail end of last month (available on bandcamp) – a roughly forty minutes album which is best heard in company of another whilst intertwining torso.
The German instrumental-art-rock trio Hypertonus released the LP Tidal Wave on the 3rd.
Hypertonus – Photo credit – Arne B
The roughly forty two minutes, nine track, album (available on bandcamp) is replete with lengthy compositions, yet none outstay their welcome as Hypertonus fill every nook and cranny with intriguing ideas that carry along the listener in their wake with no extended solo sections, giving the complete release a complexity that the listener can happily go over and re-explore.
There is a maths-rock feel to much of the output which is soothed by a counter-balancing organic flow to the tracks and an LP well worth taking time to discover.
My selection from Tidal Wave is the sixth – H.E.D.E.R.A. .