Starting out on their journey Glass Horses have made a few tracks available thus far and packaged together a self produced and recorded eponymous four track EP earlier in the month.
Not material to pull out at a 21st Birthday celebration, Glass Horses deliver a sound that is best served with curtains tightly drawn in a room lit by a waning candle.
On the closer on the release – Low – the riveting bass murmurs akin to an ill-tempered coven of witches casting spells of foreboding, giving the material its darkness, underlined by an equally morose percussion that provides a menacing presence from which a spiralling guitar scatters shadowy flashes of glowing malcontent whilst keys eerily ebb in and out of earshot. The dark-cloak of the structure frames the duality of spectral vocals which hypnotically transfix the listener as they guide the audience towards the sacrificial altar.
The US alt-rock quartet Chill Russell released the EP …And Yet We’re Captivated on the 12th.
The approximately twenty two minutes five track EP (available on bandcamp) leaves a faint whiff of cannabis resin floating in the air in a sound wrapped in ’60s retro-rock with a delivery that resonates of the warmth of analogue recording.
Chill Russell don’t aim to take the listener on a psychotropic trip rather a relaxing ride and the dexterous infusion of synths gives the compositions a sense of flotation inviting the audience to don tie-dyed tops in which to kick up their heels.
My pick of the release is the third – Low with its almost five minutes of becalming washes of sounds.
The English blues-rock band Broken Witt Rebels will be releasing the EP Georgia Pine on the 25th of April.
Broken Witt Rebels – Georgia Pine – artwork
The middle of the five tracks – Low is a precise definition of their music with dirty guitars and growling vocals spilling into the room. The only thing the listener needs to do is reach for a bottle of whisky.
From the 2nd of April until early May Broken Witt Rebels are on tour in England and one gig in Scotland.
My apologies to everyone, especially to you, for the late posting of news of the latest release of the English mulch-rock outfit Camcorder.
Sitting in my email in-box since the 14th has been news of their début EP Manifest Misery, by Camcorder, which much like the title takes the audience on a journey of inner tumult.
The opening track, Wither is within the scope of the release, despite this being of lighter texture than the core of Manifest Misery nonetheless affords some of the oily soaked rags of guitar which feature strongly elsewhere.
Longest Looser is without doubt a truffle rarely unearthed. A scowled guitar minds me of a vulture arguing over the best carrion and you can’t help but catch the pungent scent of rotting meat.
Next is the diamond of the quartet of songs, which, being replete with throbbing bass, there was some inevitability that I would select Say as my pick of the release.
It would be churlish to pass through a release review without mentioning percussion and vocal and within the acoustic schematics of the closing track Low they are given more dominating roles than in other pieces. In a number which finds Camcorder in less tense moment.
Manifest Misery, which is available on bandcamp, is a fine spot in which to discover Camcorder, whilst, I personally hope they will develop the darker side of their sound, you may judge differently. A release, for sure, to add to the collection.