Tuska – Fine – Single Review

Tuska are a Brighton (England) based psychedelic rock group, featuring core members Richard Sturges (Guitar / Vocals) and Rob Weaver (Guitar / Vocals).

Tuska

Tuska

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Tuska has just released their début single Fine on the 4th and what an introduction it is. The entire track drips with this intoxicating sheen that harks back to summer days and balmy nights, a far cry from what we’re experiencing in these dreary winter months.

The drums in the opening moments are delightfully saggy and perfectly compliment each section, weaving in and out to introduce each repeat of that incredibly catchy chorus. With shades of Tame Impala in the vocals and melodic content, Tuska has brought something familiar yet pleasingly fresh to the table.

The guitar parts are artfully presented, with lots of character oozing from clever riffs. What makes this single come alive is the excellent production – there is a lot going on in the mix and each element gels incredibly well with the next. There is a ton of creativity going on here, with little fillers and effects propelling the arrangement beyond the sum of its parts.

Catchy to the point of cruel, Fine is a killer début single. Owing to clever song writing and careful harnessing of elements from psychedelic rock, Tuska has fashioned a hazy pop-rock song that is proving impossible to resist. Well done guys, I look forward to hearing follow-up material in the New Year.

To grab your free download of the  single you can do so from the Tuska website.

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Cafeine – New Love – LP Review

Cafeine is a solo project from multi-instrumentalist Xavier Cafeine who originally hails from Quebec, Canada. New Love is his third studio album – an eleven track LP which was released in America on February 17th and the first, since his relocation to the USA .

Cafeine - New Love - artwork

Cafeine – New Love – artwork

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After seeing press photos of an aloof Monsieur Cafeine and briefly researching his influences, I expected New Love to represent something of a post-modern love letter to the heyday of punk music, particularly the American take on the genre. And after listening, I believe this presumption couldn’t have been further from the truth; with inspiration reportedly ranging from the first-wave of American punk with bands such as X and The Flesh Eaters to more eclectic offerings such as The Gun Club and The Blasters, I expected cutting, nihilistic content full of bile and resentment. What lay beneath the surface was far from my expectations.

The titular début track, New Love, is an electrified slice of feel-good pop. Crisp and radio-friendly, it is the antithesis of what I had come to expect, but not a bad song by any means.

The following track, Electric, is a little more rock-oriented, with jangly guitar riffs and vocals which wouldn’t sound out of place in British indie groups. The track moves along at a good pace, thanks to the synergy between drums and guitars, and is my personal favourite on the LP.

Towards the end of the album appears No Love, a foot-stomper of a track with some nice riffs that chime nicely with the vocals, featuring subtle echoes which bounce around in the background. With a chunky lead synth and a pleasing piano section appearing out of the blue, this is a strong contender for the most varied song on the album.

An increasing sense of déjà vu washed over me as New Love progressed, and I realised that at its heart, this highly polished album lacks any palpable depth. This album is well-produced and easily-accessible, but lacks the creativity and complexity which necessitate further listening on my part. There is a lot of style and sophistication on offer, and if you’re looking for an enjoyable ride to take you into the Summer months, look no further.

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EndAnd – Much And More About Everything – Video

EndAnd from the USA were introduced by Robbie, back in May of last year.

EndAnd - Fun Times With Shitty People - artwork

EndAnd – Fun Times With Shitty People – artwork

A new six track release Fun Times With Shitty People comes out as a cassette on the 19th August. Track two on the release is Much And More About Everything.

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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

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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.

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Ned Collette & Wirewalker

Ned Collette + Wirewalker is a collaboration between the Melbourne – Australia performers Ned Collette (vocals, guitar) and Joe Talia (drums, vocals), with Ben Bourke (bass, vocals) and James Rushford (keys, vocals), featuring Gemma Ray (vocals) and Norma Jean (vocals), with European contributions from Fred Kinbom (bass, vocals) and Mads Ronbjerg (drums). After a debut EP, one full length album and a number of solo releases, the Ned Collette + Wirewalker project unveiled their second compilation in the late summer of 2012, simply titled 2.

 

Ned Collette & Wirewalker - alt rock based in Germany

Ned Collette & Wirewalker

Now based in Berlin, Germany Ned Collette has perhaps found a more natural home.

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The record begins with the quirky Il Futuro Fantastico, which features rich, droned vocals and choppy guitar notes played over a catchy bass-line and moody synth, preparing listeners for the experimental avant-pop experience to follow.

As 2 progresses, warm nylon-string guitar melodies interweave with synth and crystal-clear lyrics to create a compelling and often haunting experience. The Hedonist begins with a single sustained electronic bass note, bringing to mind Furious Angels by Rob Dougan before revealing its melody and dual vocals which build into a striking sonic tapestry. The lyrics are strong in this song and mesh well with every element of the mix to deliver a satisfying track, my personal favourite on 2.

There are times at which 2 forgoes the poetic melancholy for a more pop-focused vision, with tracks such as Long You Lie seeming almost to belong to another artist entirely, bringing to mind the work of European “electro-pop” acts. Dreamy, sultry and full of a gloomy swagger, the song stands out as perhaps the most accessible on this release.


This intermingling of styles is a fairly common occurrence throughout 2, with the last third of the album once again defying expectation. This begins with Happy Heart, a fairly innocuous track which serves as the preface to For Roberto, which sits as something of a black sheep within an otherwise cohesive flock. Before long the largely upbeat mix of guitar and synth takes an unsettling turn into a wash of ambient synths for just shy of a minute and a half before finishing with some reassuringly warm guitar chords. The album finale, What Lights Have You Seen, returns to a sombre and stripped down framework, concluding the compilation much as it began.

Personally I enjoyed listening to 2, there is some very clever song-writing and enjoyable twists which serve to lighten the mood and keep everything fresh. The production is great and the mixture of solemn lyrics, crisp musicianship and uncluttered composition mark Ned Collette as a master of his craft.

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