The London (England) based collaborative industrial-electro project Koto Kill centred around Gabriel Ralls releases the LP Fight Us All on the 16th.
Longer stay readers may recall Gabriel Ralls from the band Plastique, who played their final gig in March of last year, though have worked collaboratively with others since, if so will recognise the brooding electronica underpinning the music.
The six track album is available on bandcamp, with Vagabonds being the velvet cloaked closer.
The England based RnB creator Francine Bell released the single Beautiful Heights on the 15th.
A song inspired whilst asleep, there is also something of a dreamscape to the luscious ballad as it spreads through the room in waves of pulsing electronic percussion and through the quiet hazy layers of the composition launches the expressive and expansive vocal that glistens in the light like a sparkling diamond.
The well controlled and defined voice, whilst undoubtedly that of an experienced and skilful singer is also able to capture the emotion of Beautiful Heights and although the spotlight of the track, retains a sense of the tender fragility of the song which affords the piece a connection with the listener rather than merely a performance for the audience – a difficult balance within the remit of the style of the music.
The Scottish, England based, rive gauche blues creator Natasha England released the LP Somehow on the 10th.
A melting weave of electronica and instrumentation floats through the room in intoxicating waves as the alluring, imploring vocal teases the audience with its breathy rhythmic layers in a thirteen track album which lifts the listener through space and time to Montparnasse as flicking jazz, husky blues and café-culture soothe-groove seep in to the mind.
The title track and opener is Somehow, a song which sets the backdrop to the LP.
The England based synth-rock outfit BC Camplight releases the LP Deportation Blues on the 24th.
Last featured in 2015, the reason being living in a world of dystopian catch-22 Brian Christinzio was deported from the UK to his birth country of the USA after the release of the last LP How To Die In The North – for the past two years life has been taken up with battling bureaucracy. By taking Italian citizenship through family ties Brian now has the right to be in the UK – though with the UK leaving the EU – how long that may last is anyone’s guess.
There is something of a dark irony that the three countries in question each dislike immigrants as much as each other – which leads to the new album – Fire In England being the penultimate of the nine tracks.
Despite this being the first single, Favourite Feelings, has the quietly spaced confidence of a seasoned campaigner.
It is an interesting crossover track which draws from many sources – trad-folk, ’70s soul, radio-friendly, and a soupçon of dirty blues to deliver a song that is able to pull in both those of us who enjoy their music with some gravel ripped scratches as well as those who like smooth glossy veneers.
It will be interesting to hear where the ultimate direction of travel lays by a musician who evidently has the tools in the kit-bag to build a long lasting structure.