Oxen – Luck – Single Review

The Swedish indie-rock trio Oxen were introduced earlier in the year.

Oxen - Photo by Fredrik Karlsson

Oxen – Photo by Fredrik Karlsson




The latest track to surface – Luck finds them in more frustrated temper with a song that ponders the fragility of connections, where each party expects more of the other than willing to give in return, resulting in a breakdown of fractured relationship.

The slowly paced track paces around the room in ever growing self-immolating ill-tempered contemplation, with widely spaced notes colliding against each other as they linger in the ears with the low registers of tone describing the arc of thought whilst strangulated vocal emotes of the building resentment.

It will be interesting to hear where Oxen head next as their first two tracks express of polar opposite ends of relationships, yet each handled as deftly as the other.

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Luck,Now

Luck,Now is a recently formed alt-rock band from Mantova in Italy. Initially formed as a duo – Manga and Vicky – now the live line-up of Gubba (Guitar / Backing Vocals), Ale (Vocals / Guitars / Synth), Vicky (Drums), Manga (Bass / Vocals) and Checo (Guitar / Backing Vocals).

Luck,Now - alt-rock from Italy

Luck,Now

Luck,Now express a pent up frustration that burns its way through the lightness of the material and this combination of mutinous bass and percussion, pairing with cheerful synth and bright guitar gives the out-put an immediate attraction, to which the commentariate vocal strides successfully between the disparate concepts.

Formed out of the ashes of What,Really?, Luck,Now have utilised the experience, to develop a more textured sound. In many ways minding of Californian new-wave in the late ’70s Luck,Now freshen up the influences to deliver music that connects with the ’10s with the combination of depressing realities which are unable to repress the buoyant optimism.

I have only had the opportunity to hear the début EP, released on the 24th – just another lucky start (available on bandcamp), which was recorded by the formation duo taking all the parts, so it will be interesting to hear follow-up material with the full line-up. Given the recording in isolation, Luck,Now is a band with far to travel in the world of music.

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Tom Vek – Trying To Do Better – Video

Tom Vek from England released an eleven track LP – Luck – last month.

Tom Vek - Luck artwork

Tom Vek – Luck artwork

A live recording of track six – Trying To Do Better has recently surfaced.

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Luck – Tom Vek is available on iTunes*.

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