Unchanged in line-up since last featuring back in 2015, the US indie-rockers The Very Small, do however have a different sound in their latest track – Bad Ship, Good Ship.
The Very Small – Photo by Melissa Drake
The rich seam of deep texturing which has always been a feature of their music has cloaked itself with a more sadcore melancholia than music previously featured. Bad Ship, Good Ship, which was released earlier in the month, takes the listener to the Manchester (England) scene in the early ’80s.
The sweeping changes in pace, blurry edging of guitar with vocal lost in introspective contemplation delivers an approaching six minutes ever shifting soundscape in to which the listener becomes ever more immersed.
The Croatian alt-rock band Embassy 516 release the LP Correlation tomorrow.
With a different sound to music of their previously featured – Ghosts – the third of the fourteen tracks on the album, has an art-rock stridency that is paired with a cinematic soundscape to create a song that builds ever more expansive imagery and rivulets of exploration through its approaching three and eleven twelfths minutes of duration.
Why it has taken over three years to return to the Indian Ska outfit The Ska Vengers is a mystery of its own creation.
The Ska Vengers
Although not a new song, nor even of a recent performance, the track Shut Your Mouth, captured live in England has this past week been made available. In the fond hope of new material, a reminder of The Ska Vengers.
Special mention is made to Karan Joseph, who died last year and plays keys in this performance.
Their music has a sublimating delayed echo which gives the compositions a luxurious depth that minds of walking barefoot over a thick pile soft carpet, giving the songs a dreamy allure in which the listener becomes fully immersed.
In the newest single – My Love Is Real -, which came out earlier in the month, the relaxing ebb and flow of the guitar washes around the listener while the subdued manner of vocal, bass and barely ripple, yet, despite the gentle frame of the track the multifarious layers afford the song a compelling and hypnotic presence.
Rodrigo Vera Tudela (Vocal / Guitar), Richard Angeles (Drums), Lucas Stiglich (Bass) and Mateo Majluf (Guitar) from Lima (Peru) who form the alt-rock band Mundaka released the recorded live EP Mar Adentro on the 21st.
An EP which introduces various guest musicians and disparate instrumentation as and where required, journeys around a broad thread of influence.
My selection from the EP being the penultimate, which only features the four players in the band in a swooping hazy array of fretboards, surrounded by an uncompromising bass / drum combination, Desaparecer.
All five tracks were, as with this video, captured in the live performance of the recording session of the EP.