Tim Fitz – Sour – Single Review

Tim Fitz from Australia is gearing up for the release of a new EP, his third,  later this year.

Tim Fitz - Sour - artwork

Tim Fitz – Sour – artwork

Launching on the 24th is a new single Sour. An easy combination of natural and synthetic notes drifts around the room as the vocal listlessly casts an acerbic perspective of the world around.

Tim Fitz is able to turn what is only a two and a half-minute track into a melange of well reflected shifts. Travelling through reminders of Kraftwerk, to Dylan, with a range on styles in-between, whilst maintaining a continuity of well paced fluidity to the piece.

The end result being that you want to play it again immediately to enjoy the variations and just to check you didn’t miss anything, which you will have done.

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I can’t ever to fail to mention the trade-mark capitalisation by the Australian band BRUCE! every time I write about them – but there it is – and BRUCE! THE EP which came out this week is something to shout about.

BRUCE! - BRUCE THE EP - artwork

BRUCE! – BRUCE THE EP – artwork

The four track release is all over in nine minutes of sharp elbows. Opening with SHAPES AND NUMBERS which hurtles through the room in a visceral snarl of dramatic drops and beats which exemplifies how BRUCE! is able to deliver thumping raging compositions within a tightly woven frame.

CAPTAIN is an anthemic commentary on the blind faith of societal collectivism with a roaring landscape of percussion and bass which require the speakers are turned even louder.

SLUDGE takes nearly fifty percent of the running time coming in at four minutes twenty three seconds of diatribe towards structures and for its very poignancy is inevitably my pick of the release. With this track BRUCE! slow down the tempo, but are no less acerbic for that fact as they allow the music to kick against the morass of conformity.

Concluding with SHIT SELLS which is exactly as it describes – a repudiation of shallow lives in a blistering freneticism of chords.

BRUCE! THE EP (which is available on bandcamp with vinyl scheduled for late July) is a fascinating release which demonstrates the cohesiveness of the band, not only sonically, but politically as each track was written by a different member of BRUCE!.

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Slowmotion Club – Some Will Say…Others Betting On… – EP Review

The Swedish band Slowmotion Club recently released their five track EP – Some Will Say…Others Betting On….

Slowmotion Club - Some Will Say...Others Betting On... - artwork

Slowmotion Club – Some Will Say…Others Betting On… – artwork

Opening with the longest track on the release, at just over five and a half-minutes, is – Now That You’re Sleeping – a drama laden piece of theatrical alternative rock in which violin is added to make expansive continuums of sound, giving the track considerable dexterity.

Next is Connecting All The Dots, which whilst of slighter speedier tempo, looses none of the introspective doleful endearing nature of Slowmotion Club and a fine piece of music.

Rembrandtesque is a track which allows the trio to show a different side to the sounds, with a track that reminds me somewhat of ’80s electro-new-wave as both the rolling synthetics and the vocal, which lays in sympathy, are met by active guitars and percussion.

The Presidential Dilemma is a song known to the readers of the website, as this was a video that featured as an introduction to Slowmotion Club back in December of last year, but nonetheless welcome for its reappearance.

Closing out Some Will Say…Others Betting On… is my pick of the release, Bombing Buses, which presages to a direction of travel for future material and is certainly a path that I would be interested in hearing Slowmotion Club explore further.

Some Will Say…Others Betting On… – EP – Slowmotion Club is available on iTunes*.

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Clear Red Water – Then & Now – Single Review

Then & Now is the début single from ambient rockers Clear Red Water, a four-piece from Lincoln in the UK comprised of James Childs (Vocals / Rhythm Guitar), Raury Milican (Lead Guitar), Mark Webster (Bass / Backing Vocals) and Jim Fryer (Drums / Percussion).

Clear Red Water

Clear Red Water

It has been a while since Robbie wrote an article as he has been completing his degree…

Then & Now opens with layers of harmony and muted percussion before launching into an infectious groove. While elements of the music may sound familiar, particularly within the vocals which are highly reminiscent of Thom Yorke, the track is passionate enough to never feel contrived.

This is a compelling piece of work which is produced to an excellent standard. If you’re after a slice of ambient indie rock check out Then & Now, which is available for free from the Clear Red Water BandCamp page. This is a fantastic début single and leaves me wanting more.

… Although missed for his input on the site – Congratulations are due as Robbie looks set fair for a 1st. Join Robbie on Twitter for more of his thoughts.

Dor – grey, north carolina – LP Review

It was back in October of last year I introduced the indietronic outfit- Dor from the USA. They have just released a fifteen track LP – grey, north carolina.

Dor - grey, north carolina - artwork

Dor – grey, north carolina – artwork

Opening with the appropriately named – wake as we stand poised at the opening of a just over an hour long release and Dor produce sounds you would anticipate – shimmers of electronic laden percussion and guitar flood the room.

standing, Waiting is a number lasting just over seven minutes and the tempo for grey, north carolina is set, a mix of lengthy tracks juxtaposed against shorter pieces. This has a lighter texture than anticipated and I reminded somewhat of an uptempo Enigma with the latent textures.

route is an intriguing composition with the acoustic guitar caught amidst the electronic kit and caboodle and a fine piece of innovation.

Next comes tryptophan, which much like the amino acid it is named after shares spikes of the pentagon in the molecular structure and finds the first voices on the release.

day.dream is far from a somnambulism as the perky progression evokes of a world scurrying blithely towards its own myopic implosion and my pick of the release.

Closing the first half of grey, north carolina is plane down over lake james, the longest track on the release at just over ten minutes and one in which Dor demonstrate their extraordinary ability to create music which evokes emotion without anything ever being stated.

Followed immediately by the shortest piece at seventy seconds automat. Dor demand much of their listeners, both imaginatively and intellectually. It is for this very reason – the assumption made by the band that the audience has a brain – that I particularly enjoy their music. Nothing is spoon-fed, but it is all available, merely asking of us to engage the cerebrum into gear and away from neutral.

shoreline is next, with sounds that bend back and forth in speed to discombobulate the brain further and as a fine example of the internal thought processing of the band and the rationale of their intentions, I can think of no finer example on the release and is worth the price of the LP on its own merit.

Heading towards the end of grey, north carolina and Dor give the head no respite with you wont remember – nine and a quarter minutes of sustained and slowly evolving drone. A startling sublime piece of sonic creativity I wish went on for another ninety two and a half minutes.

ad interim is another sub two minute piece, that once again demonstrates the ability of the duo to surprise the listener with track placement as once again a subsumed analogue vocal is deployed through fuzzing static.

so still is remarkable for it very lightness and pitch when set against the preceding tracks and the audience is lifted from their concentration of the past fifty minutes with a prelude to the finale….

kurhus. Which is a centre for Neuro Rehabilitation in Denmark. A fine and appropriate ending to an LP which challenges preconceptions and demands the audience use their own brain. This is how music should be, questioning, not prescriptive and I wish Dor all the best with grey, north carolina, which is available on bandcamp.

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