The English acoustic rock band Narrow Plains release the single I Should’ve Known on the 2nd of February.
A sprightly rock’n’roll number that has the listener stepping through the room in good humour.
Their signature sound of acoustic guitar always lends the music by Narrow Plains a sense of the roots of rock. The backbone is provided by the surrounding electric guitars that create the depth of the compositions with percussion, in this instance, generating the trotting tempo bringing I Should’ve Known alive while the vocal conducts the direction of travel and over all architecture.
I merely hope it isn’t another two years before I come back to Narrow Plains.
The US retrowave creator Haydn Rothrock revealed Kodak Orange on the 3rd.
Popping clarified butter in to a warming pan containing fried Samphire and one discovers the essence of Kodak Orange with its salted nutty undertones laid inside a creamy emulsion in which one delightedly dips a fork.
Frothy fretwork played through ever developing pedal reverb, delay and effects wraps itself inside the underlying percussive impetus whilst the melting vocal, which appears through a hazy filter, mixes in to the harmonics of a song in which the listener finds themselves enraptured.
Hats off to Haydn Rothrock who is able to deliver a track which, despite its busy undertow, leaves a millpond in its wake and is a testament to a musician who is able to calm a potentially catastrophic set of ingredients to a resulting plate of moreish taste.
Sandtimer is a melancholic-folk band from England.
Sandtimer and I have been exchanging emails since 2016 though I have never quite managed to align timing – so it is a pleasure that I have finally been able to get my act together with their latest song – New Year Morning – which came out on the 1st and is the first reveal from their forthcoming LP.
Their back catalogue of releases comprises of music which is of varied approaches to folk influences drawn from around the world that is tinged in sorrowful countenance, expressed particularly by the distinctive vocal with its rich baritone intonations to where the listener instinctively, initially, steers attention. The surrounding layers, sometimes delivered as a duo other times as a quartet, doesn’t seek to fight the voice, rather, adds depth of texture to complement and enhance the overall output and when the ears head towards the instrumentation they discover equally as impressive performance with the weaves of frequencies creating intoxicating flows of sound in which to experience the wistful compositions.
Sandtimer are a case in point where the sum of the parts is far greater than the individual constituents.
The US hip-hop project LeX released the single PainKillers yesterday.
The composition tackles a reality which has, and continues to affect, many – addiction to prescription medication. By not sinking in to bitterness or self-pity Painkillers is able to narrate a stronger message.
As regular readers know I am always fully in support of musicians who are prepared to put their own realities of life to inspection for others to dig in to the entrails and make of what they will.
Set to a soundtrack of urban hip-hop the song takes on the powerful – oppressive air of frustration of the genre.
Mugen! The Human
As suggested in the full single name – PainKillers (feat. Mugen! The Human) [Prod. 4k], this is a collaborative piece with Mugen! The Human.
It was back in 2015 that the US dream-rock outfit Foresteater last featured.
In the interim, what was a solo project with one song around, has developed in to a a four piece band with intervening releases.
Whilst the sound has also inevitably developed too, there remains the mellow melodies and swaying tempo which at the time I described as naïve-rock, which made Foresteater a project to get to know.
Avalanche – the latest track – that came out on the 1st – adds a layers of hazy mirage of gazey guitar to the soundscape creating a song of luscious texturing with which the audience finds themselves gently moving in time.