The New Zealand synth-rock quintet DEAF will be releasing their début and eponymous EP later in the year.
At present there is only one song around (available on bandcamp) which comes from the forthcoming release – TRUANCY.
There is a brooding darkness of overarching melancholia which drifts through the track which is counterbalanced by brightly lit vocal and glistening fret-board rotating around the two synths that holds a reference of retrospective to early Factory Records releases which enables the quintet to deliver a just over four and a half minutes reveal of haunting beauty and I look forward to hearing more in short order.
Those of sharper hearing may recognise the voice of Luke Kavanagh from the drone outfit Sunken Seas.
The New Zealand thermal-groove duo Three Feathers are planning to release their début LP this year.
Not a duo in an enormous rush, which suitably matches the songs which drift through the room as though riding an albatross borne on a warm current gliding over the oceans, as it was back in 2013 they formed, however it was not until April of last year that the first song – Make It Good – was made more widely available and on the 16th the second – Know It Well (both available on bandcamp).
Pull up a comfortable chair, settle back and let yourself be encircled in the soft folds of Three Feathers.
The New Zealand slo-gaze trio No Sky release the single Have Fun tomorrow.
No Sky – photo credit – Kate Tovey
Just over a year in to existence No Sky have spent time both in the studio and on the stage to meld the three members of the band, all experienced musicians, in to a cohesive unit and the progression of tracks revealed since May of last year attests to the core ingredient of bands of longer stay, an instinctive connection between the players, is steadily and surely taking shape with Have Fun (which is available on bandcamp) being their most assured reveal thus far with instrumentation, percussion and vocal each forming a natural bonding and weave one within another to create a multi-dimensional timeshifting flow of melting harmonies.
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.
The New Zealand surf-gaze quartet Marlin’s Dreaming released their début LP Lizard Tears on the 27th.
Shimmering echoes drift slowly through the room in – Floating – the third of the nine tracks on the album. The solid dampened bass string provides the pivot around which that hazy vocal and guitars rotate while the quiet rippling cymbals takes the listener to a shore front on overlooking a sunlight calm-sea.
Floating is reflective of the album which has a tempered jazz undertone the sense of a relaxing evening with friends at a riviera café whilst watching the world amble past.