The Spain based French and Argentinian alt-folk duo Le Garçon Rêvé released the LP Eat Your Make Up earlier in the month.
Le Garçon Rêvé
A roughly thirty seven minutes, nine track album, which quietly and confidently steps from the speakers as Le Garçon Rêvé deliver a soundtrack steeped in adroitly handled acoustic guitar.
My selection from Eat Your Make Up (available on bandcamp) is the fifth number, Pensées Étranglées, which features a viola allowing the duo to add considerable texture to the piece whilst equally containing the most prepossessing vocal performance on the release.
Surfacing in A Coruña in Spain is Xoel Diamante (Guitar / Vocal), Juan Corredoira (Guitar), Pablo García (Bass) and Nicolás Cotelo (Drums) who form the prog-rock band The Sonic Headlight.
The Sonic Headlight
There is an angularity to sounds which emerge from the speakers that make you immediately take a glance to check there is a sense of the perpendicular to the walls and a set square to the ceiling and much like those degrees of error, so The Sonic Headlight invest into their sounds inflections which give the material its resonance.
The Sonic Headlight explore the imperfections of the eight note scale and investigate the differences between 432 and 440 Hz tuning to deliver music which always seems out of kilter, but is more exact than the division by eight can provide. Like an algorithmic table the further up and down the scales the band ranges, so the music bends more inwards as the log tables exaggerate the aspects of simple scales which cause those with auditory OCD to recoil when hearing most compositions. Perhaps more appropriately as a genre definition – ‘log-scale reproduction for those with sensitivity to Hertz irregularities in standard scaling’.
The début LP by The Sonic Headlight – Take #1 was made available last month and can be ordered on bandcamp.
Based in. La Coruña in Spain surface the trio of JJ Casteleiro (Bass), Oscar Caramés (Drums) and Richard J. Dowling (Guitar / Vocal) with additional percussion by Leap Hamilton – to form the alt-rock band Forest & Dove.
Forest & Dove photo by Sandra García Rey
An intriguing blend of Spanish Folk and US Southern-blues merge together in the out-put of Forest & Dove leaving the audience simultaneously tapping feet in unison and nodding head in sagacity. The trio don’t seek to darken the mood of the moment as they allow the blousy blues to flight-footedly scamper around the room.
Acoustic guitar, sometimes even a Spanish Guitar and electric lead, which fleetingly makes me wonder how this works in live performance, is matted with stentorian bass giving the tracks their solid spine, as the drum-kit splices between the softly spoken and the expressive, the additional percussion used in recorded tracks adds a depth of field to the aural range. Vocal stretches from supporting act to conductor which again allows the trio to extend their range.
The début, five track, EP by Forest & Dove – Pleasure To Burn (available on bandcamp), which I have had the opportunity to listen to in full is being released on the 15th of January. Sadly I am unable to share with you more than one track, the opener – and in my view not the jewel of the five – though giving a fair idea of what to expect – Burning Blue.
I look forward to future harvest by Forest & Dove as they sow their seed of fertile creativity.
Los Bélmez an alt-rock quartet based in Palma de Mallorca on the Balearic Islands of Spain comprises of – Carlos (Bass / Keys), Ginés (Drums), Alberto (Guitar) and Johnny (Vocal).
Switching between acoustic and electric guitar allows Los Bélmez to inject their music widely, from garage rock fuzziness to psychedelia and the sparsely played keys are used to add a twist of the Wurlitzer where appropriate.
Formed a couple of years ago Los Bélmez write songs which reflect of the surrounding area with material seeking to describe traditions, superstitions and life in Spain from the perspective of those who don’t feel they fit into the mould. This gives the out-put something of an ethereal feel, to which the quartet are able to inject well defined structures that keep the tracks from evolving into lengthy dreamscapes.
Having established a live performance following a début LP Españoladas came out earlier this year and there are plans for a follow-up in the near future – Centinela de Occidente.
Los Bélmez have chosen a path which gives them clear space, whilst also not verging off to the obscure, allowing them the opportunity to find an audience across a wide berth of interest.
EB11 from El Medano, Tenerife in Spain is the alt-rock quartet of Eber C. Pitrelli (Guitar / Vocals), Joaquin Lair (Guitar / Vocals), Alberto Delgado (Bass) and Manuel Conti (Drums).
Intriguingly for a band so close to North Africa and remote from Europe, there are distinct reference points to the UK of the ’70s blues rock generation as EB11 ply their trade.
A blistering array of guitars prance around the room like highly strung Viennese Horses as the quartet scatter their sounds around the room in a shower of shimmering blades. EB11 throttle the compositions with a mastery of seasoned stage hands and the audience is left with engaging sparks of light that have a well reined temperament allowing them to add shadowed accompaniment which gives the resulting out-put a latency of some intrigue.
Originally formed as a solo project EB11 is now in full flow with a schedule of appearances set for next year along with a fourteen track LP – Enjoy The Ride, which came out last month.