The Canadian electro-rock project Jay Draper & The Subterraneans released the AA side single Belly Of The Beast / Scatterbrain on the 5th.
Jay Draper & The Subterraneans – photo by Tyrone Islington
Those of longer stay may recall the name Jay Draper from the band The Scarlet Fever, introduced in 2015. The other main collaborator on the project being Justin Minister from the band Amy’s Arms.
Whilst the single (available on bandcamp) is of similar style to their other projects, being combinations of natural instrumentation and synthesis, the music, perhaps unexpectedly given that the other environments being of gothic architecture, brings a slightly different soundtrack to the table.
My selection being Scatterbrain.
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3XIT is a Canadian house project.
Three tracks exist, two of which surfaced a few hours ago and although it is only January – I am already transported to Summer in Ibiza.
Turn up the bass, flicker the lights and loose yourself in the deep grooves of a track that you can expect to hear frequently in clubs – Blue.
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The Low Countries, an England based alt-folk outfit, are planning to release the LP We Weathered The Storm in March.
The Low Countries
After a dearth of new material since 2016 it was a delight to discover there is more in the offing from a troupe who are able to able to deliver music which teeters betwixt the stool of melancholic despondency and optimistic glee without ever seeming at odds with the juxtaposition.
The first track to surface from the album, which itself will be released as a stand alone single on the 26th, Putty, (a revision of the original which appeared on the 2014 LP – A Prize Everytime) extrapolates the contrasts of their material as the dour vocal lays astride accompanying guitars, harmonica and percussion, which has the listener both bleary eyed and stamping feet with wide grin at one and the same moment.
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The Irish angst-rock duo President of What? released the single TRAILERPARK on the 6th.
President of What?
Turning their attention to another aspect of life President Of What? take their tongue in cheek sharp scissors to the subject of marijuana which they lay to a backdrop of urban rap – giving the song an even greater sense of their cynicism of the perspective taken by many bureaucrats with the hyperbole and hysteria surrounding the smoking of weed.
TRAILERPARK is available on bandcamp.
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The Canadian funk-rock outfit United Power Soul release their début LP, Moving Fast 4 U, on the 31st.
United Power Soul
With roots firmly ensconced in RnB and Soul, United Power Soul take the listener on a journey of deep grooves and funky highlights through the eight track album, which is available on bandcamp.
The LP, for me, is elevated by the inclusion of the dancehall antepenultimate track – Peace Sign.
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