The English alt-rock trio Katalina Kicks released the single Waterfall today.
Waterfall is their most introspective track thus far featured yet, simultaneously, inclusive of the listener.
Whilst melancholic of countenance there is a developing theme which layers itself through the composition, ultimately leaving the listener positive of the future in a song that was written to reflect on the fractures of thought that occur in a depressive episode to gradually reconcile as the mood improves and light can be seen at the end of the tunnel – which they have managed to encapsulate in the just over four and a third minutes of Waterfalls‘ progression and a testament to the impressive songwriting skills.
News arrives of a new single coming out in the next two to three months , which having had the opportunity to have a listen finds Katalina Kicks returning in different perspective.
The English alt-rock quartet Dead Natives last featured in November of last year.
In their latest release Keep This In Mind, which came out towards the tail end of last month, they return to the sound which first drew my attention just over a year ago.
As regular readers will know, I do enjoy music that threatens the plaster on the walls with a grumbling bass. Whilst Keep This In Mind is of their own retrospective catalogue the development in sound is easily discerned with the vocal laying in its most comfortable pitch, as do bass and guitar with a rumbling drum kit harrying laggards, like a sheepdog herding sheep in the far reaches of a hill on a rain swept day and keeping everything tighter than previous music featured, leaving the listener appreciative of the intervention in to the day.
I apologise to one and all for the late posting of this article, which has lain in my inbox since the end of January.
The US melancholic-drift duo Mines Falls released the single Easy Now on the 28th of February.
Three singles have been released in the past four months, each of different tapestry, the latest of which Easy Now is the most brooding in demeanour.
Piano leads the mood of the composition whilst electronica circles the keys in slowly evolving dream-sequences as a forlorn vocal gazes wistfully from aside giving Easy Now an intriguing counterpoint around which to pivot as the five and two thirds minutes song leaves the room shrouded in a misty sadness in to which the listener finds themselves become ever more drawn, prior to finally breaking to what minds of a trumpet and piano concluding eulogy.
The US agit-soul sextet collective Soul Inscribed released the single Let Them In on the 26th of February.
Whilst themed around the divisions pervasive in the USA reflecting on that geo-political silo, this is a song with far wider global resonance in a world in which being a fanatical partiot marks as loyalty and everyone else are defacto terrorists.
Let Them In (available on bandcamp) queries why one piece of rock soaked in blood is more relevant than another while giving precendence of ownership to those with the greatest firepower rather than accepting there is only one world in which we all coexist.
With no need to scream with spittle flecked lips, in Let Them In, Soul Inscribed are able to conjoin: soul-groove; afro-reggae beat and; calm clarity of acerbic vocal – to find an international audience swaying in harmony whilst reaching out for connection with others.
The English dreamwave duo Over Sands released the single ISTHMUS on the 27th of February.
Over Sands – ISTHMUS
Last featured in 2015 it is good to catch up with the output which has a reference point to three years ago with music of dreamy soundscape, though now of greater synthesis which enables them to to explore the themes of the slowly revolving tracks more fully.
Threads of guitar and electronica interweave through the speakers in unhurried waves which as they expand become ever more fused one in to the other sublimating in to the listener who finds their body and mind syncopating with the immersive fluidity. While the vocal slips in and out of earshot ISTHMUS introduces synthesised brass and samples to fill the spaces which adds further texturing to the melting composition.