The Australian dark-hop creator Clifford Carpenter releases the LP Trust in September.
Clifford Carpenter – Photo by Jonno Révanche
With an eye to societal malaise the music created by Clifford Carpenter isn’t intended to be an easy ride, rather, pointed commentary on the realities be they self-inflicted, unavoidable circumstance or imposed of 21st Century life for far too many around the world.
In advance of the album Work was released as a stand alone single on the 21st and is available on bandcamp.
The Australian melancholic-rocker Alex Cameron releases the LP Forced Witness on the 8th of September.
A ten track album (available on bandcamp) which contemplates, in damning indictment, of a world where far too many want to merely capture things to share with their disconnected silos of connectivity in pursuit of ‘likes’ of what they are witnessing, rather than becoming involved in anything at all other than a passive commentator of dissociation whilst bemoaning of their own self-perceived undeserved paucity of life.
The first track to surface and the opener on Forced Witness is Candy May.
There is a luscious darkness to the undertow of the latest track to surface – Strange Wasteland – as the stunning vocals soar through the room to the surrounding compression and expansion of keys and strings which enmesh the listener in barbed wire in a composition that reflects on the detritus that soils the globe, whilst others spout glib words pretexting of ‘environmental concerns’.
ZERRIN, in Strange Wastelands, offers both a challenge and invective that casts scathing pall through the room in an aural descriptor of the reality of good intent and lax personal responsibility.
The Australian / Chilean dark-electronica duo Unknown Land are to release the EP Redline on the 25th.
In parallel with the reality of two musicians who live thousands of miles apart, communicating through the internet their music too has an spacious quality. The soundtrack mixes instrumentation and electronics delivering hypnotic dreamy soundscapes through which the mesmerising vocal slips in and out of focus.
The output, whilst having a dark layering running through it, also has a captivating beauty in which the listener becomes spell-bound.
From the forthcoming EP (available on bandcamp) – Qualia.
Split between South Korea, Spain and Australia – LOV3 MOT3L is a glitch-wave trio.
Perchance it is due to the time-zone combinations and hemispheres in which the three players approach the music, however it comes about, there is a fascinating discombobulation that tips out of the speakers, enmeshing the listener in a delightful puzzle of soft electronics, jangling instrumentation and melted percussion that like an unexpected present delights and confuses by its very presence.
Released recently was the LP – Outside’s Broken (available as a cassette version with a bakers dozen of tracks on it on bandcamp or as a digital version with a dozen tracks also, though separately, on bandcamp) – my selection being the fifth track on both versions – Tizzy (SAMES).
Those of sharper hearing and longer stay may be reminded of the synths of Superborg Boy and you would be right there is a commonality in both iterations.