herbal tea – kitchen floor (4am) – Single Review

The English lofi project herbal tea released the single kitchen floor (4am) yesterday.

herbal tea

herbal tea

Introduced as one half of Sleep Radio, Helena Walker, in the guise of herbal tea, is able to trace NREM patterns of the brain in the hazy slowly rotating tracks, of which there are only two.

kitchen floor (4am) (available on bandcamp) initially meanders through the room in threads of guitar and vocal, gradually and almost imperceptibly transitioning to a keys led composition, adding to the muzzy mellowness of the song and a testament to the strength of songwriting in being able to completely change shape and atmosphere in the space of three and two thirds minutes without the listener ever being consciously being aware.

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Wacky Southern Current – Monotonic Haze – Audio

The Italian lofi project of Marco CervellinWacky Southern Current – teamed up with both Gianni Garbo  and Nicola Zanatta to release the LP  Sun Came Down And So Did I yesterday.

Wacky Southern Current

Wacky Southern Current

A nine track album (available on bandcamp) running at about thirty nine minutes, which holds an intriguing soundscape as piano, bowed and strummed strings, electronica, percussion and vocal thread their way in unruffled winding hushed combinations through the room, taking the listener on a quiet journey of their own imagination.

My selection from the release being the fourth song – Monotonic Haze.

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Assorted Pleasures – Blonde – Audio

Assorted Pleasures is a summerhaze outfit from Australia.

Assorted Pleasure

Assorted Pleasure

With half a dozen songs to hear I am looking forward to Assorted Pleasures packaging them and a few more all together in to one release to take down to a beach party and add to the breaking dawn selections as the soft brushes of lofidelity float through the ears.

The most recent song to surface being the quirky Blonde.

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johnny utah – Elliott’s Song – Audio

The US lofi creator johnny utah released the eponymous LP on the 8th.

johnny utah

johnny utah

A six track album (available both as a cassette and a digital download through the Slovakian label Z Tapes on bandcamp) that meanders through the room in muzzy waves, akin to attempting to focus the eyes after a night out in a bar and similar to the blurry vision, while the brain relaxes in its hazy cloudiness, so the the listener is equally left with a sense of pleasurable disconnection.

My pick of the release being the third on the LP – Elliott’s Song.

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Broken Swans – You Don’t Like Me Anymore – Single Review

Broken Swans is a Norwegian lofi project.

Broken Swans

Broken Swans

Broken Swans has only recently come to the table, with three tracks revealed in the past couple of months.

The most recent of which is You Don’t Like Me Anymore (available on bandcamp) – a fragile composition which the listener senses is likely to fracture even as it surfaces out of the speakers as the frail feathers flutter in tender strains of introspective soliloquy lain on a bed of laced acoustic guitar.

Broken Swans is a musical entity possessing of a gentle grace which I look forward to hearing more from in the coming year.

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