The Danish mellow-rock quartet The Grenadines will be releasing a new LP in November.
The first track to surface from the LP and their first release for three years, Brighter Days, which was released as a stand alone single on the 8th has a retrospective air that minds the listener of Dire Straits.
The English mellow-rock project Dave C. Rupert is finalising details for the EP Cold.
Dave C. Rupert
The title track – Cold -, which was released as a standalone single on the 23rd, is highlighted by a strong vocal performance supported by an empathetic semi-acoustic melody which affords the composition its hypnotic layer of sound.
It comes as no surprise to learn that Dave is an Opera trained vocalist as the sustained inflections of notes, which gives the track its character, contextually reflects the balance of the song which is an apologia of a relationship drifted apart.
Whilst many introductions are made with classically trained musicians in the mix, I often find that those educated in opera and classical vocal delivery find the transition to other styles most difficult and it is a credit to Dave having been able to successfully make that shift.
Longer stay readers will also know that I am far more a fan of bass and baritone vocal over tenor, rarely remarking on the timbre of a tenor singer along with the fact that the genre definition of mellow-rock rarely features – therefore you will be able to ascertain that I do think there is something special here that adds to the weave of the world with the music of Dave C. Rupert.
The Australian mellow-rock band Saskwatch released the LP Manual Override yesterday.
A bakers dozen track album that takes the listener on an expansive journey in the just under three quarters of an hour of its duration as Saskwatch bring to the fore a diversity of instrumentation and architecture whilst always retaining a low-key melancholic folk rooting to the compositions.
In the middle track on the LP Fortress – violin and acoustic guitar take spotlight affording the song two distinct introductory paragraphs prior to deliquescing in to a mellifluent ballad.
The English mellow-rock quartet Captain Wilberforce will be releasing the LP Black Sky Thinking on the 27th.
A dozen track, approximately forty four minutes, album that settles in to the room akin to settling in to a favourite armchair. Whilst unobtrusive, the LP has an unerring ability to make the listener feel better for its company.
Riven with melodies and ballads Captain Wilberforce in Black Sky Thinking are not seeking to start a revolution or make grandiose life statements, yet, there are plenty of moments in life when all that is wanted from music is something to make everything seem a little warmer and more comfortable; at this the quartet are adept.
Not exactly biting at the leash to get new material to the audience, with this being the follow up to the 2011 LP Ghost Written Confessions, there is little doubt that upon the arrival of the album the world will be a better place for its adornment.
My selection from LP is the penultimate track, coincidentally the shortest too and of quickest tempo – Stickleback Toffee.