Bella Goldwin from Canada and Kenneth Cullens from the USA teamed up to release the ethereal-wave single Nova.
Bella Goldwin & Kenneth Cullens – Nova – artwork
Surfacing within the past twenty-four hours Nova, that runs for just under three and two thirds minutes, opens with a scratching claw which through the beginning refrain builds to an ever higher pitched crescendo before a choral gradually comes into earshot and the full vocal joins in with the synth, prior to taking to the forefront of the stage, as the subsumed electronics maintains its compressed choppy beat, which simultaneously is overlayed with a gauzy mask – giving the track an unexpected spaciousness that captivates the imagination.
The English moody-rock trio Temper Cartel release their début single Bad Influence on the 22nd.
Having played together in a previous band the trio got back together last year to form Temper Cartel. Along with this single, word has it that there are more tracks to come later in the year along with the possibility of an LP.
There is a brooding darkness that rolls into the room and the listener finds themselves wrapped in a dark-blue thick velvet cloak that fits comfortably over the shoulders. In Bad Influence, Temper Cartel, deliver thickly strung bass notes which are immediately dampened by their own weight resulting in a series of phrases that sear into the head, whilst a luxurious vocal which threads though a wide range tenor gives the track its depth of texture while the guitar is given free-reign to express the context of the track, as the percussion harnesses the various ideas and simultaneously sets the direction of travel – leaving the listener immediately hitting replay.
With only one track to write about, tempting as it is to wax-lyrical as to how I am looking forward to hearing more from them in short order I won’t – Oh I did. I hope to be able to bring you further news as it occurs.
Nona – the slow-wave-indie project of Michael Goldman from the USA released the single Otherways on the 8th.
The subsumed nature of Otherways weaves its way around the room akin to a somnambulist on a promenade as the easy lilts drift in to earshot while the determined journey will not be shaken from its slumber.
Fusing vocal and guitar gives Otherways an incandescence which can only be matched by a gas-light as the soft illumination sheds a steady glow that creates its own ambience by its distinct subtlety. Percussion and Bass give the track a trajectory that ensures the composition doesn’t spiral into a conceptualisation of its own visualisation and thereby keeping the listener engaged with the three and three quarter minutes of dreamy eddies of sound.
Rolko is the dream-synth project of Robert Hernandez from the USA.
Released a few days ago was his début single – Another Dimension.
The punctilious skins and steel of the drum-kit set the tidal flow of the just over four minute tracks. Sweeping strings and electronics swoop from high and low whilst screws of spiralling synth spill in and out of earshot, giving the track an easing flow that reminds of watching a brook burble over pebbles. The dour vocal which echoes through muted loud-hailer finds itself accompanied by bowed strings and horns, giving the piece – not a confusion – rather a melting-pot of pleasure.
Having spent time honing his thoughts on the delivery with lyrics written over the years, word arrives there is early contemplation of an LP and EP in the offing, which I look forward to hearing more by Rolko when these surface.
The Austrian based rock band Siren Call first featured back in 2014.
Siren Call – Harness – artwork
To surface in the past hour or so is the video for their latest single Harness which has a slighter tincture than much of the material previously featured of theirs.
The just under four minute track contains the ingredients with which we have become familiar but there is a battle weary sense to the sound, perhaps due to the politics of the country in which they are based where a nearly elected elected neo-nazi President has been able to successfully been able to demand another election. One senses the same sorts of ideas surfacing across Europe, including here in the UK where the exit the EU referendum result was deemed an unfair result and a re-run should happen – no wonder people get weary of socio-democracy.
Inside the sloughed troughs of sound Siren Call retain the petulance that is their signature as guitar mauls the walls and the the ever precise drum won’t forgo the trajectory as the vocal espouses of the sentience of the title of the track – Harness as they evoke a musical reconstruction of the thought process of the yoke pulling on the chains of the 99%.
I give full credit to Siren Call for pulling out a song that is able to reflect of their current malaise whilst simultaneously indicating of brighter alternative future. As you will know I do appreciate musicians who delve deep inside themselves to expose the raw fragility for others to see and thank them for allowing us inside the barricades.