Tape/Off – Wake In Fright – Audio

The Australian alt-rock quartet Tape/Off released the LP Broadcast Park on the 13th.



Four years since their last album – Chipper – the eleven tracks of Broadcast Park (available on bandcamp) find the quartet in fine spirit with a release that holds a quiet self-assured confidence which strikes the listener from opening to closing note in the roughly forty four minutes run-time.

Unhurried tracks are allowed to measure their pacing through the percussion, or bass guitar as each composition deems fit, which enables Tape/Off to create music of very different moods alacrity. The interweaving of the two six string guitars allow the the songs their breadth of process which in this release threads from fuzzy garage through stoic solemnity to trippy psychedelia with the vocal equally able to meet requirements with passages of imploring passion through half-spoken rhetoric to mumbled query.

The fifth song is Wake In Fright.

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The Hot – Funtitled – Audio

The US alt-rock duo The Hot released the EP Nobody Loves You on the 13th.

The Hot

The Hot

There is a raw, bleeding, grungy, garage thread to the material created by the two – hence no possibility that I would do anything other than recommend spending time in their company.

The five track available EP (available on bandcamp) is highlighted by the sunken skins of drum that splashes muddy puddles through the room to which strings and vocal play supporting, though integral, roles.

The closing song is Funtitled.

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La Force – Ready To Run – Audio

The Canadian synthwave project of Ariel Engle – La Force – will be releasing the eponymous LP on the 7th of September.

La Force

La Force

A nine track album of entrancing spectral weave which captivates the listener who becomes enveloped in the silken thread as it drifts calmly through the ears in soft dreamy focus.

The LP release is being supported by a trans-continental tour

SEP 4 TUE Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium
SEP 5 WED L’Olympia – Paris, France
SEP 9 SUN Coliseu De Lisboa – Lisbon, Portugal
SEP 19 WED The 27 Club – Ottawa, Canada
SEP 21 FRI Centre Phi – Montréal, Canada
SEP 22 SAT Boquébière – Sherbrooke, Canada
SEP 23 SUN L’anti Bar & Spectacles – Ville De Québec, Canada
OCT 10 WED Mercury Lounge – New York, NY, United States
OCT 12 FRI Ortlieb’s – Philadelphia, PA, United States

The third song on the album is Ready To Run.


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Sreym Hctim – Lint Roller – Audio

The US glitch-wave project Sreym Hctim was introduced earlier in the year.

Sreym Hctim - Lint Roller

Sreym Hctim

The newest track to surface, which is from the planned LP and released as a standalone single (available on bandcamp) on the 11th, Lint Roller is of not dissimilar vernacular though with clarinet, played by Elana Riordan,  sprouting through the mix able to take the listener on a diametrically opposed journey to music previously featured.

There is something of a Japanese folk tradition to the tempo and weave of the composition through which Sryem Hctim spears sharpened lances, affording Lint Roller a discombobulating discordance that rattles the vestibular system, rather than being left with a sickening dizzying the listener finds the imbalances an unanticipated comfort.

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The Million Reasons – Dizzy – Single Review

The US blues-rock quartet The Million Reasons released the one track plus one remix single Dizzy on the 14th.

The Million Reasons

The Million Reasons

The original version of Dizzy (available on bandcamp) is a heading towards five and three quarters minutes of finely blended and calmly delivered melodious balmy blues-rock. Meandering through the room in filters of a progressive psychedelic lens The Million Reasons have created a song in to which the listener unhitches from the world around and loses themselves in immersive imaginations of their own with little desire to reconnect once the song has drifted in to silence.

Even the radio friendly cut runs to over four minutes, though inevitably, I do recommend the original over the snipped song.

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