VLLNS – The Devil & The Deep Sea – Audio

The Irish brit-blues-rock trio VLLNS are finalising the details of their début LP Sentiments planned for release later this year.

VLLNS - Photo by Sam McCabe

VLLNS – Photo by Sam McCabe

On the 1st they revealed their début single The Devil & The Deep Sea which will also be the penultimate of the six tracks on the album. A track that bodes well for the fuller release with  a contained energy that pumps its way around the room on the backbone of a powerful trotting percussion, prior to picking up the reigns with the tempo rising.

Frayed guitar is given space to take the spotlight giving the song, along with the vocal, its dirty blues infusion that takes the listener to a sawdust strewn bar-room while the bass is working on such loose strings it is possible to catch their sound of recoil as they slap back in to place, which minds of a saloon-bar swing door creaking on its hinges.

A follow up single – Talons – is also set for release imminently and having had the opportunity to give it a listen too I am confident that the album will be one to grab hold of when it does surface.

The Devil & the Deep Sea – VLLNS is available on iTunes.*

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The Grey Merchant – Avenue De Rennes – Audio

The Irish alt-rock band The Grey Merchant release the LP Avenue De Rennes on the 15th.

The Grey Merchant - Avenue De Rennes - artwork

The Grey Merchant – Avenue De Rennes – artwork

Delivering a broad remit of ideas in the nine track, just over half an hour, album (available on bandcamp) The Grey Merchant are nonetheless able to keep the listener engaged with the variations of tempo, texturing and temperament as the music flows through dark dichotomy, fulminating fury, melancholic meanderings and more –  resultingly leaving the audience streaked in an absorbing mirage of their own interpretation.

Sadly I am not permitted to share my pick of the release with you at this juncture – on release do keep an ear out for the penultimate song, an achingly beautiful composition,  The Exchange.

The middle track is also the title of the album – Avenue De Rennes.

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Young Earth – Let Go – Audio

On the 7th the Irish indie quartet Young Earth will be releasing the EP Frequency Illusion.

Young Earth - photo credit - Chris Basford Photography

Young Earth – photo credit – Chris Basford Photography

The last of the five tracks – Let Go – was revealed yesterday.

Perhaps the most expressive and layered track of the EP with a marked slowing down of pace in the opening segment and a song which is highlighted by shimmering echoing guitars and the depth of bass giving the composition a feeling of sadness – unsurprisingly – making it my pick of the release.

Frequency Illusion – EP – Young Earth is available on iTunes.*

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Groundburst – Mazomba – Audio

The Irish electro-funk trio Groundburst released the three track single Triad on the 4th.

Groundburst

Groundburst

Laying through the release (available on bandcamp) is a sense of extemporised maths-jazz which keeps the listener on their toes, yet, never straying in to far flung fantasy as the underpinning percussion maintains a continual progression to the songs as they swing through the room with some aplomb.

The closing track is Mazomba, which I particularly enjoy for its earthy-blues predisposition.

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President of What? – Sad Awkward Little Virgin Boy – Audio

The Irish angst-rock duo President of What? released the single Sad Awkward Little Virgin Boy on the 7th.

President of What? - Sad Awkward Little Virgin Boy

President of What?

With a more emo centred sound than music of theirs previously featured in Sad Awkward Little Virgin Boy (available on bandcamp) the track is self-reflective look-back at personal anxieties for a young teenager.

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