The US soul-groove outfit Maxwell Cabana released the single Texas on the 12th.
Maxwell Cabana – photo credit – @jacobdysinger
Texas is a tad over five minutes song of dipping hips and smooth groove that washes the room in mellow tones in which the listener becomes interwoven with the snaking guitar that flickers through the ears with a luscious layering of subtle synth forming a soft foam which balances a teetering jazz rhythm bass and drum kit while the vocal slithers in and out of focus.
Although not a song to pull out at the start of a party evening, Texas (which is available on bandcamp) is an essential for the playlist for when the mood starts to drift towards partners canoodling in quiet corners.
The English smugglers-rock creator Matt Couch who performs as Snakeoil Salesmen releases the EP Snakeoil Salesmen II on the 31st.
Music which is steeped in sea-shanty and folklore tipples out of the speakers when taking a listen to the back catalogue and on the basis of the one song I have heard of the four on the EP (available on bandcamp) I anticipate more of the same vein.
Convicts & Catholics, the opening track, skips through the room in flighty rock’n’roll guise finding the audience dancing alongside the scathing lyric, yet not flummoxed by the contrasts of sound and sentiment.
The US meltwave quartet, The Hugs, will release the three track single New Utopia on the 14th of February.
I can think of no more appropriate date than Valentines Day for the release of New Utopia as, akin to the name of the band, the audience needs to be listening to the middle track of the single – Friends Can Break Your Heart (available on bandcamp) – whilst hugging someone or something to fully immerse themselves in the flowing frequencies which cover the room in sweetly scented soft-pink rose petals.
Even given the song title and lyrical content Friends Can Break Your Heart is a composition that plucks at the heart-strings in the romance laden dreamscape.
The most recent song to be released There You Go – which came out on the 12th – is a beguiling tapestry of dampened acoustic guitar which lays as a mellow backdrop to a voice which the listener wishes they could carry in their head each and every day and pull out whenever frustration with the world around arises, to calm the moment.
The sparkling clarity and range of the vocal finds the audience cocking their head, akin to an attentive puppy, whilst allowing the washes of the voice to circle the room.
If there is any justice remaining in the music industry, Dana Williams, will find a break to become a household name across wide geography.
The Swedish gaze-rock trio Peace On Earth release their début LP – Silent Killer – tomorrow.
Peace On Earth
An eight track album of shadowy reverberating guitar, muffled drum-kit, solid bass and hazy vocal which has an hypnotic, slightly psychedelic tinge, in which the listener finds their mind and body coexisting.
The songs thread through shifting dynamics, with some tracks fairly sprinting through the room, others almost motionless which adds to the magical mystery ride of the album which holds the attention throughout its approximately fifty three minutes of duration.