It has been approaching eighteen months since the Brazilian alt-rock quartet Hell Oh! last featured.
Hell Oh! – Blush
Their latest single – released on the 14th – Blush discovers Hell Oh! with more psychedelic tint than much of their music previously featured.
Pace is slowed and lazily drifting shimmering guitar weaves through Blush giving the track an expansive air in which phrases hang in the air to be savoured before, gradually building replacement chords replace the sonics, with the listener always left with the sense that they are listening to billowing clouds of sound that run through the just over four minute track.
The US protest-rock project of Nate Linek – Shape Of The Sun released the single Artificial Hearts today.
Shape Of The Sun
The three track single has a palpable sadness that bubbles even the most water-proof paint from the walls as the dark progressions drip from the architrave. Yet, despite its pessimism of the here and now, finds the listener spotting the faint light at the end of the tunnel which is the fulcrum of the intent of Shape Of The Sun. Things don’t have to be as they are currently, which makes for a fascinating conundrum that is all gathered together in Artificial Hearts.
Opening with Real Boy – which prophesies that a better day is an attainability, whilst conceptualising of the realities of daily grind – and a cleverly worked piece of music as it merges both present and future possibility in a brief four and just under two thirds minutes of story telling, with a surprising twist of optimism towards the intent of friend and foe alike.
Next is We Are The Ones which is a reprise of what has been and what could become as again Shape Of The Sun demonstrates through the tears and isolation a sense that there are opportunities with a trust that others see it too.
Closing out with He Mostly Kept To Himself – which takes the listener to an even darker and self-contemplative space – challenging that each person can choose to not be enveloped in the morass of the ’10s or become encased in it – it is choice, not an uncontrollable force of outside herding and my pick of the release.
The Canadian synth-wave duo W I N C H E S T E R released the single Last Day Of The Year yesterday.
W I N C H E S T E R
Drifting elegantly into the room Last Day Of The Year (available on bandcamp) fuses electronics and instrumentation in washes of ambient colours, while burbling percussion gives the track a sense of destiny. Vocals switch between soft brushes and more defined strokes, in similar fashion to the manner in which the track builds as W I N C H E S T E R through the just over four and a sixth minutes of track fill in the scaffolding giving the listener they are listening to an aural descriptor of an image being painted on canvas.
Fortuitously, the track title makes perfect sense to me – as today is my birthday – so somehow appositely – yesterday the 11th was, for me, in some ways the The Last Day Of The Year.
Within the past few hours the latest track by the Australian funkadelic trio Broadway Sounds surfaced.
Create some space, tickle up the volume and groove to the psychedelic-party vibes of Ah Ring Ah Ting Ting as electronica and wind instruments spiral around the room. Even if not immediately aware of the seasons in other hemispheres, Broadway Sounds evidence that it is heading towards Festival Season in Australia and it is of little surprise they chase the summer in home country having spent the past few months North of the Equator and now heading, like migrating birds to spaces of more comfort for the next few months.
Broadway Sounds are a trio for perpetual summer and even if it is getting a little chilly outside they will warm up the beach-fire and have your hips jiggling faster than you thought was possible.
Tall Kitchen Bag is a US lofi project who released their début single last month.
Tall Kitchen Bag
Lasting less than three minutes Sobchak’s Companion (available on bandcamp) is able to discover a way to wheedle its way into the brain with the jarring of the recording meters. Softly spoken glittery guitar is encased in bruising bass which flattens as it pitches against the out-put range while percussion threads between distinct and equally burnished while vocal harmonises the different ideas that float in to the room.
It is for the carefree ease of it all that Tall Kitchen Bag deliver material that is a joy to hear as they provide music that seems exactly right because of all that is wrong in recording and I look forward to hearing more of the quintet and hope they continue to ignore the fundamentals of recording sound level meters.
Word arrives of their début EP coming out next year as a cassette – I will keep you informed as I discover more news.