The England based Gothic-blues quartet LOCKS are recording new material for their forthcoming début LP.
Although only having featured once, over a year ago, immediately on hitting play in the first song to be revealed from the LP, which appeared on the 13th – Skin – the listener is reminded of their signature sound of a trotting double-bass around which the compositions cast their spell.
If anything LOCKS have become even more morose in Skin with bells appearing as though chiming across a cemetery at a funeral. Whilst the mesmerising vocal is given space and presence the engaging twist to the song being the fiddle afforded greater prominence and gradually building its influence through the just over four minutes duration adding a distinctive celtic reference to the track, which given the duality of Irish and English members of the band is to be welcomed and unsurprising.
SPOIWO from Gdansk in Poland is the ambient-drone quartet of Paweł Bereszczyński (Bass), Piotr Gierzyński (Guitar), Simona Jambor (Synth), Krzysztof Sarnek (Drums) and Krzysztof Zaczyński (Synth).
SPOIWO – photo credit Justyna Szadkowska
Drifting through the room like slowly rolling clouds SPOIWO deliver music that wraps the listener in threads of silk as the seemingly infinite layers of texture gently fall to earshot. The gradually evolving compositions, captivate the attention as they, ease their way around the room and like relaxing in an isolation tank time slows to an imperceptible pace.
SPIOWO have enamoured themselves to an expanding global audience with their finely blended orchestrations where synths and instruments seemingly melt one into the other in seamless billowing compositions.
This is not music to take out on a training run, rather to slowly imbibe like a fine Bordeaux, savouring the nuances and evolving richness.
Although having been around for a few years it was only in March they released their début LP Salute Solitude (which is available on bandcamp).
One can only hope it isn’t another half decade for the follow-up album.
Youth Man is a new-wave trio from England first introduced in October of last year.
As regular readers know I remain at heart a ’70’s punk rocker from London (England) who still firmly believes less is more – so how could I not ask you to take one minute and seventeen seconds to listen to the new track Skin?