New Year Ninety 2018 – 20 to 11

Reaching the final rundown of the New Year Ninety 2018 – from 20 to 11.

Junior Bill - New Year Ninety 2018

Junior Bill

20. Erica Dawson ( USA)

19. Approaching Black & White (USA)

18. Proxy Love (England)

Oh My Love (Look at the Mess We’ve Made) is available on bandcamp.

17. Junior Bill (based in Wales)

Above Your Station – Junior Bill is available on iTunes.*

16. Leah Lawson (USA)

Sheets is available on bandcamp.

15. Mothra Stewart (USA)

God Is a Surfer/ Cosmic Coincidence – Single – Mothra Stewart is available on iTunes.*

14. Mosquito Cabaret (USA)

13. Cavalcade (England)

Silver Bones – Single – Cavalcade is available on iTunes.*

12. Locks (based in England)

Rattle Them Bones – EP – LOCKS is available on iTunes.*

11. Something To Do (USA)

Tina Fey II / Hotline Bling is available on bandcamp.

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Band of the Month – April 2017 – Readers’ Choice

It is difficult to believe we are already a third of the way through the year – but I know that to be the case as it is time for the Reader’s Choice for Bands of the Month for April.

Mosquito Cabaret - artwork by Michael Morgan

Mosquito Cabaret – artwork by Michael Morgan

Based in USA with a soundtrack of world-dance – there is something appropriate about Mosquito Cabaret being the selection in this current time of geo-political turmoil – at least music can unify.

Lament of the Lonely Bloodsucker is available on bandcamp.

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Montufar – Ghosts – Single Review

Montufar is a relatively new gazewave project from the USA.

Montufar

Montufar

Centred around Victor Montufar with additional instrumentation added as and where needed. With only a couple of tracks around, I look forward to hearing more. The most recent reveal being Ghosts, that was released on the 21st (available on bandcamp).

There is a palpable sadness that drifts across the room as the combinations of synths, piano and guitar, unhurriedly, weave around each other in a graceful flow of hazy texturing whilst the dual vocals provides Ghosts with its haunting presence as the percussion provides an unexpected, though delicious, pulse to the composition.

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Hawk – Ghosts – Audio

The English ethereal-rock outfit Hawk were introduced earlier in the year.

Hawk - She Knows - artwork

Hawk – She Knows – artwork

The closing track of the five on the EP – She Knows -, which was released on the 17th, Ghosts is a spellbinding just over four minute composition that drifts around the room in gracious layers which wrap the listener in immersive instrumentation whilst the mesmeric vocal enthrals.

She Knows – EP is available on Amazon.*

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Echo Arcadia – Ghosts – Video

The LP Visions Of Symmetry was released by the Scottish alt-rock band Echo Arcadia earlier in the month.

Echo Arcadia - Visions Of Symmetry - artwork

Echo Arcadia – Visions Of Symmetry – artwork

Delayed slightly in release from June of last year, the bakers dozen track Visions Of Symmetry is a welcome addition to the playlist. Echo Arcadia are able to deliver an intensity of sound which is lain across the listener akin to placing a warming blanket over a  guest who has drifted to sleep on an armchair.

Within the sixth of the compositions – Ghosts – there are unhurried gradually evolving themes which are played out through different instrumentation dropping in and out of earshot along with well judged shifts in pace and intensity and an emotive duality of voices, giving the song its hold over the listener in a gentle, yet comforting, embrace.

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