The Danish rock quintet Black Swamp Water are due to release the LP Distant Thunder on the 24th.
Black Swamp Water
The first track to surface from the album, which was itself released as a stand alone single on the 27th of July is the delta-blues number Bitter Harvest, that curls around the audience like the twisted roots of a swamp cypress.
July has been a month in which the long-list for band of the month has grown in to something more like a compilation triple LP… however, the end of the month has arrived and the Editors’ Choice for band of the month for July is…
The US rock duo In The Whale will be releasing the, five track plus an acoustic version of one song, EP Dopamine on the 3rd of August.
In The Whale
The song that is on the EP as both a plugged-in and acoustic has been made available in advance of the full release. The plugged-in version of Highway (the antepenultimate track on Dopamine) is a sludgy grunge track which trudges through the room in gloopy footstep, with the listener finding themselves attempting to dive in to the puddles to wallow in the muddy riffs and sunken drum-skins.
The Welsh rock quartet Charlie Says released the EP Vena Cava on the 30th of June.
These are a highly talented group of musicians who during the course of the roughly eighteen minutes of the four songs are able to wrest a whole gamut of emotional reaction from the listener.
Opening with the pulverising title track – the room is transformed in to a heaving mass of frenetic head banging and wayward air guitar as the song hurtles past the dancing bodies.
Next is the heart-aching melody and vocal extravaganza of Heartshaped that finds the floor washed in tears and is my pick of the release.
The penultimate song Witches transforms the sound to a latino rumble that underpins a cinematic theme and the feeling of the intimacy of the vocal.
Sadly the end of Vena Cava is signalled by the opening bars of the closer No More Glory which fires in to a raw blues rock number that fizzes with energy – leaving those in earshot shouting for more and I do look forward to hearing more by Charlie Says in short order.
The Italian rock band Capolinea 24 released their début single I’m Ready To Go on the 21st.
Having cut their teeth as an acoustic rock covers duo I’m Ready To Go, which signposts of their début, nine track, LP Lost In Tales which is due for release later this year and is their first reveal of an original song as a plugged-in quartet, trots through the room on a Southern Blues horse.