The Hydrothermal Vents from Montreal and Québec in Canada is the indie-dance duo of John Tielli and Tessa Kautzman.
The Hydrothermal Vents
An alluring softness flows out of the speakers and gently carpets the floor in a dance mat as The Hydrothermal Vents take your hand and lead you to a close-knit connectivity of footsteps. These are a duo who know how to create music with layers of cloaks and as the layers peel back so the audience becomes more engrossed in the goings-on.
The combinations of instruments and electronics enable The Hydrothermal Vents to immerse the resulting out-put with a sound that takes me to geothermal spas in Iceland with a warming underbelly of sound which is heightened by the frozen mists rising above. At one moment passionate lust swathes the room in sweating bodies the next a tender fingertip is placed to lips as the duo tease the listener with their reflective contemplation.
Just over a year into the existence with an appropriately named nine track début LP Secrets of the Deep! set for release on the 5th July The Hydrothermal Vents is a band to listen to with a partner and space to dance horizontally.
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Centrefolds from Bath in England is the indie dance quartet of Thomas Corneill (Guitar / Vocals), Phil Smith (Guitar / Vocals), Martin Iles (Drums) and Alex McClean (Bass).
Alongside the instruments lay splashes of syntheses as Centrefolds deliver music which at once is easy dance, whilst simultaneously enveloping music for the listener to enjoy whilst seated. Having had a successful early start to their career the quartet are hoping to kick-start 2014 with the launch of a new EP – Fashion – at the start of February.
The easily digested pieces of music are enhanced by twists of darkness which Centrefolds deliver within tightly woven tracks that hook in the audience from the off. Whilst evidently aiming for the mainstream the quartet offer enough differential to also capture the attention of those who like some imbalance in their music and it is good to hear that they haven’t eschewed rock constructs to pursue a direction of travel.
Centrefolds are able to negotiate the path between indie-pop and synth-rock deftly whilst handing out treats on both sides of the road allowing then to potentially gain a broad fan-base.
I guess 2014 is the year that the major league opens up, or it never will for the quartet and I wish Centrefolds the best with their musical career however it turns out.
Release the Hounds – EP – Centrefolds is available on iTunes*.
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