The Blackheart Orchestra – Keep The Light In – Single Review

The English moody-moment duo The Blackheart Orchestra release the single Keep The Light In on the 24th.

The Blackheart Orchestra - photo by Jeff Cooper

The Blackheart Orchestra – photo by Jeff Cooper

This was first sent to me on the 1st of June – so my apologies for the delay in writing some thoughts to all concerned and to you more particularly.

With a stream of electronics kit and acoustic instruments to lay hand to and all equally deliver their dampened moments The Blackheart Orchestra selected synth, guitar, loop and vocal for Keep The Light In, which ripples out of the speakers akin to a rock being thrown into a mill-pond.

The abrasive electro-drums crash though the speakers prior to the audience being invited to contemplate the undertow of the embers of burning Cathedral timbers and one is reminded of a depiction of the bombing of Dresden in the gothic electronic spires of smoke which, along with the soul eviscerating vocal, both equally leave the audience in quiet trance at the reign of subtle power which reigns upon the ears.


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Airborne Mark – The Message – Single Review

The England based Urban-Rapper and graffiti artist Airborne Mark released the single The Message on the 10th.

Airborne Mark - The Message

Airborne Mark

The graffiti of Bartosz Sczesny can be found around Central London (England) – the piece above (currently) in Camden – as can his live performance music.

The music of Airborne Mark, as with his artwork, reflects of the automation and impersonality of socio-democracy.

The Message (available on bandcamp) with its dark undertow of electronic loops is commentary of the push button life in which so many live, whilst the railing vocal weeps of lives destroyed in the pursuit of the expectations of the enslaved 99% and easy acceptance of ‘your life is to serve mine’.

Simultaneously acknowledging, with a sense of lyrical self-deprecation and ‘note to self’, as to how his own ‘graffiti’ is the acceptable face of ‘urban expression’ as dictated, tendered for and budgeted by Bureaucrats with the sole aim of making the faceless streets of control have the plasticity of appearing ‘hip’ with his only real vehicle for ‘true’ expression of individuality is not to be paid to be a street artist through the structures of acceptable rebellious streak, rather performing as a musician without strictures and it is here that Airborne Mark has the real opportunity to open his soul for examination.

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Boom Child – The Super Edible EP – EP Review

The Irish good-time-rock trio Boom Child made available the five track digital EP – The Super Edible EP a couple of hours ago.

Boom Child - The Super Edible EP - CD

Boom Child – The Super Edible EP – CD

On Friday of last week they launched the physical version which also included three bonus tracks – making it an LP – of the conundrums of life – as of now you can only catch those CDs if you are purchasing from the Merchandise Stall at their gigs.

Opening with I WANT TO SHIFT YOUR SISTER – an insightful reflective of relationship values in 2016 in a thrusting rock’n’roll confrontation.

Next is Holiday and my pick of the release as angular spears of pulsing maths-rock strut around the room in just under three minutes of music in which to pogo whilst DM boots are tied with bondage straps.

Following on is Wreckin’ My Head which is well worth the purchase price of the release as the cascading guitars cross each other like plumes rising from a waterfall as each element collapses inside the other before emerging triumphantly, subsequently folding like wet cardboard inside the stream of sound. A superb number and one to keep as reference point.

The penultimate track K – Pop surfaces as it says on the tin – fleet of foot – whilst an ever evolving undertow of sludgy retro-merseybeat gives this a gravitational anchor.

The concluding track on the digital release – CHANGE 4 U slips between choke hold and kiss of life in a highly creative take on the social malaise of relationship mendacity of 2016.

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Hedge Fund – What You’re Hiding – Single Review

The Australian indie-rock band Hedge Fund released the single What You’re Hiding on the 10th.

Hedge Fund - photo by Danielle Hansen

Hedge Fund – photo by Danielle Hansen

Every-time I return to Hedge Fund they have a different sound on offer, each delivered with style and panache and What You’re Hiding continues that trend.

An opportunity for those who haven’t yet seen Hedge Fund live is being proffered with seven gigs scheduled in various spots in Australia between the 24th of June and the 30th of July. Given their burgeoning number of fans it would come as no surprise to find this mini-tour, in support of the release of the single, comes up with a few more dates; Though what mix of sounds they will offer is of conjecture.

What You’re Hiding plays a more prominent synth than much of what has preceded and the track drifts gradually around the ears, slowly gathering compression as the just under three and three quarter trippy flow of stoned-stoner eases its way around the room.

What You’re Hiding – Single – Hedge Fund is available on iTunes.*

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Timshel – Floating – Single Review

The Finnish indie band Timshel released the single Floating yesterday.

Timshel - photo credit Jani Haapsaari

Timshel – photo credit Jani Haapsaari

In the intervening couple of years since their introduction back in 2014 what was a sextet has pared down to a trio with previous members floating in and out from time to time and adding other musicians as appropriate with Daniel Ventus returning to provide keys and a new player Erik Sjöholm adding slide guitar to the remaining core of Markus Bergfors, Patrick Sjöholm and Petter Erikslund on this release.

Floating is a just under four and half and half minute track that invites the listener to the dance-floor with a courteous bow of introduction. The song identifies precisely why Scandinavia remains the place you need to go to find the best clubs in the world with the innovative musicians who are able to fill the venues with audiences from around the globe – if only they are quick enough to get there before the pop-up venue is already history, but one gets the sense that Timshel will always be on the playlist – where ever the latest location opens.

Minding of the enthusiastic rhythms of Dexys Midnight Runners melded with the best of the yet to come –  Floating is one to add to the collection.

Floating – Single – Timshel is available on iTunes.*

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