The New Zealand nowave creator Jonathan Bree releases the LP Sleepwalking on the 8th of June.
Johnathan Bree – Sleepwalking – artwork
A musician who always creates songs of creamy synthesised intrigue hence why a stalwart of the site since introduction in 2014 and on the basis of the songs I have heard from Sleepwalking (available on bandcamp) the full release seems set to be one to add to the collection with some urgency.
The most recent track to surface, the second of the eleven on the album is Boombox Serenade.
Word arrives that a new LP, Sleepwalking, is on its way shortly.
The third track to surface from the album – Valentine (available as a stand alone single on bandcamp) – is of slightly less dour countenance than music previously featured, though that does need to be taken in context when listening to the song, with the track having a retrospective ’60s feeling with its analogue effect sadcore demeanour.
Back in July I was sent an introduction and only now have I reached that email, though with fortune the LP You Do Not Do which was released this month (available on bandcamp), means I am almost current, though sadly once again I am once again a few days late to getting round to getting a feature written, my apologies to one and all.
A glorious revolution of synthesis drifts through the room to the accompaniment of sharply turned bass loops, extended guitar and electro-vocals resulting the listener is immediately minded of Sparks, as the audience articulates limbs akin to a retro velvet beaked nodding duck water-feature gizmo.
If, like me, you are in the Northern Hemisphere you can safely turn off the heating before hitting play as the warmth, from my pick of the release – the third of the eleven tracks on the album – Antifaxxers – permeates the room with the raising ambient warming temperature being palpably discernible.
The English EDM producer James Carter recently collaborated with the singer Zoe Maxwell from New Zealand.
The resulting track The Days, which was released earlier in the month, is an ambient luscious wave of piano, electronica, a sprinkling of guitar and a superlative voice which encircles the listener inside a warming cocoon of drifting silk and interspersing, though not overbearing, drops – affording the song an organic layering.
The New Zealand rocker Jas Josland released the single Lie To Yourself today.
Lie To Yourself is steeped in classic rock’n’roll in a song that swirls through the room with a flourish as the energetic composition launches the listener on to the dance floor to shake with the pumping percussion / bass combinations as the guitar prowls like a stalking panther whilst the vocal threads from a growling menace to intricate melodic sections.
A talented musician who, deservedly, has already had the opportunity to play internationally and Lie To Yourself can’t but help to build on a growing reputation for being able to create and deliver good time rock and in a world of many divisions, shining a positive light is extremely welcome.