The New Zealand synth-rock quintet DEAF will be releasing their début and eponymous EP later in the year.
At present there is only one song around (available on bandcamp) which comes from the forthcoming release – TRUANCY.
There is a brooding darkness of overarching melancholia which drifts through the track which is counterbalanced by brightly lit vocal and glistening fret-board rotating around the two synths that holds a reference of retrospective to early Factory Records releases which enables the quintet to deliver a just over four and a half minutes reveal of haunting beauty and I look forward to hearing more in short order.
Those of sharper hearing may recognise the voice of Luke Kavanagh from the drone outfit Sunken Seas.
The New Zealand ambient-drone quartet Sunken Seas released the LP Glass last month.
Sunken Seas – Glass – artwork
Mirage, the first of the nine tracks on the album is presented through voile as the signature haze of sound drifts into the room accompanied by a steady beat. As the track builds so does the activity dimly heard through frosted pane.
Sunken Seas are skilled purveyors of their music, as they manage to balance between keeping the material sufficiently out of sight-line to cause intrigue, whilst keeping the shadowed sounds ever present and focussing the attention to try to seek clarification.
It was just before the New Year that I introduced Sunken Seas from New Zealand.
Taken from the four track EP – Cataclysm (which is available on iTunes*) Sunken Seas have set two tracks to a new video. Seesaw and Cataclysm to a brief film of the tale of one man from boredom to terminal depression.
I raise my hat to the guys in the band who have set an interpretation to their sounds with such effective visualisation. As someone who doesn’t enjoy films, this is a short I do suggest taking just over twelve minutes out of your day to watch, with it’s powerful imagery and delightful music.
Available for streaming as both High Definition and regular viewing. I am aware that most of the readers of the website are not in locations where very fast internet connections exist – so to ensure that you can see the video without buffering – if the HD (at the bottom right of the video) is in Blue – click it, which will turn off HD – to give you a smoother stream.
Sunken Seas the ambient drone outfit from Wellington in New Zealand is Ryan Harte (Vocals / Bass), Luke Kavanagh (Guitar / Backing Vocals), Jack Hooker (Guitar) and Samuel Lovrich-Fitzpatrick (Drums).
Sunken Seas have a couple of releases behind them and deliver music of the moment with a sawwing buzz of guitar reverb. Whilst there is a differential between their debut LP Null Hour and the follow-up EP Cataclysm there is a thread to follow as the droning mesmerics of the material wafts around the room in a flux of merging sounds. The music bubbles with societal discontent and is an imagery of change. The oppressive industrialisation sears its way into the head allowing the listener to contemplate the visuals that are created. Turn down the lights, turn up the volume and let yourself drift inside the sound that is Sunken Seas.
Somehow appositely, given the melting pot of fracture and coalescence that is the signature sound of Sunken Seas, from the various notes I have found it appears the band emerged from Tiddabades and have recently undergone another line-up change since their latest release, so it will be interesting to hear how the formulation of the new line-up will sound in future recordings.