The US indie-dance quartet Cologne released their début EP New World yesterday.
An array of shimmering guitar lights up the room, while the underpinning synth gives the music a warming glow. The active rhythmic drum and bass guide the audience to the dance-floor with the sound completed by an expressive and unexpectedly tender vocal, affording their music a romantic disposition.
The penultimate of the five tracks on the EP (which is available on bandcamp) – One Last Time being my pick of the release.
Victory Lap is the indie-dance project of Alex Badham from Australia.
With considerable experience as both a musician and music video director, the début single of the solo project – The Afterlife ( which came out on the 23rd and available on bandcamp) – evidences of a songwriter and arranger who knows one end of a song from the other.
Multilayered instrumentation, synth and percussion are moulded in to exotic shapes and – rather than becoming overly complex – fold themselves around the vocal – giving the listener a sound in which they step on to the dance-floor and sway with the funky beat, or lean back and allow the dreamy washes to flush through the mind.
The indie-dance quartet, from The Netherlands, Jason Waterfalls – released the single Oceans on the 27th of September.
Whilst Oceans is predominately a lightly textured composition Jason Waterfalls are able to fray the hemlines with inflections of scrawling rock allowing the song to hold the interest, of those of us who like their music to be a more scuffed DMs than polished slip-ons, alongside those after a more user-friendly experience.
Their latest EP, Worlds Of Our Own, is a five track release to bring out for a bright summer evening dance party as the quartet offer music that doesn’t challenge the listener with complexity, rather leaves them enjoying the froth and bubbles of life.
The penultimate track – I’m Right Here – is the heaviest on the EP.
Working in a style of music rarely featured, the fact that this is Kaskelott‘s third feature on the site indicates that they have more to offer than is typical in a crowded market place. The four track EP threads its way through a wide soundscape as the quartet once again demonstrate their abilities to write songs containing deep texturing and deftly handled mood changes.
My selection from Cocoon is the closer Chameleon, which is a luxurious wash of synthesiser counterbalancing the tightly packed bass and drum from which a hazy guitar delivers wafts of smoky flavour as the vocals keep all the elements in order.