Finalising details for the release of an LP early in 2018, the first track to surface is What If.
Having taken a listen through the back catalogue which stretches back to the last decade, one particularly notice of difference is that previous material, which has typically drawn on and been reflective of early training in classical piano with emphasis on dramatic chord structures, What If – is of smoother flow and greater emphasis on beats. Whilst the texturing in the track attests of a musician able to compose complex material in this instance it is used to emphasise the percussion and bass rather than the dynamics of the song.
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.