The quartet of Rory, Jay, Luke and Wes from Melbourne in Australia who form the garage band Diana Radar released the single Growing on the 13th.
A track best enjoyed with a beer in a crowded bar, as the quartet deliver their good time rock’n’roll, which brightens the day by its very presence.
The bright guitars sparkle through the song, like a sequined dress, as the high pitches flicker through the ears, while the drum, which plays on tautly strung skins adds to the sharpness of the architecture which in turn affords space and time for the laid-back bass and sliding vocal to create the infectious dynamism of Growing.
The England based RnB creator Francine Bell released the single Beautiful Heights on the 15th.
A song inspired whilst asleep, there is also something of a dreamscape to the luscious ballad as it spreads through the room in waves of pulsing electronica and percussion, through which quietly laid keys form the hazy layers of the composition that in turn launch the expressive and expansive vocal that glistens in the light like a sparkling diamond.
The well controlled and defined voice, whilst undoubtedly that of an experienced and skilful singer is also able to capture the emotion of Beautiful Heights and although the spotlight of the track, retains a sense of the tender fragility of the song which affords the piece a connection with the listener rather than merely a performance for the audience – a difficult balance within the remit of the style of the music.
On the 17th the single Easy Strand was released by the England based dream-rock quintet Swimming Tapes.
The quintet have been quietly making progress in the background with word arriving that an LP is in the offing and there will be a short, five date, England and Scotland tour in November.
In the interim the new single, Easy Strand, which appears almost exactly a year after the EP Soft Sea Blue, other than the acoustic version of their 2016 single Tides which came out in February, makes this the first release for them this year.
Perhaps it is something more than a coincidence that their wistfully dreamy shimmery summer vibe releases often appear this time of year, the original of Tides was also in September.
Lay back, kick up the heels and allow the washes of the gazey guitars curtain off the hassles of daily life.
The Irish slacker project Moogle revealed the track Silver Lines on the 11th.
Stretching the elasticity of bars to almost breaking point the song rumbles through the room on a warped turntable that gives Silver Lines the feeling of time slowing and catching up with itself, as though running on two different speeds, in a fine rendition of slacker rock.
I was late to catch the note introducing the début track, which came out in June – All My Friends – which has been surpassed with Silver Lines, though both indicative that Moogle is a project to keep an ear out for in the future with fingers crossed that an LP will be on its way in short order as the slowly rotating compositions would be best enjoyed in an extended session. In the interim, if anywhere near, you may well come across Moogle busking in Dublin.
Dancing On Tables, the indie-dance quintet of Robbie McSkimming, Callum Thomas, Hamish Finlayson, Gregor Stobie and Michael Waterworth from Dunfermline in Scotland, released the single Colour Me Good on the 14th.
Dancing On Tables
Having fast grown an audience with their user friendly tunes, in Colour Me Good the quintet have challenged themselves to work within a slightly different sphere, while not wishing to alienate their existing fanbase and have been able to transition successfully.
Their earlier catalogue I find a little featherweight of texture and stay for my personal taste, though ideal to penetrate the radio market they were aiming to secure. Colour Me Good, while still music for easy moments has more depth and a less formulaic structure affording the song a more natural flow and a measure of connectivity making for a release I do recommend adding to the birthday bash playlist.
Whether this marks a slightly new direction for the quintet or a one-off foray- time will tell.