david shouji – Memory Lane Drift – Audio

On the 28th of April the downtempo LP in half by the Swedish musician david shouji was released.

david shouji - Memory Lane Drift

david shouji

A half a dozen track album,  available on bandcamp, of instrumentation, voice and electronica that is drawn from a personal introspective, even adding recollected samples from early material, which doesn’t however leave the listener out in the cold as the ambient flow of unflustered frequencies envelopes the room in a meditative calmness extending an invitation for the audience to contemplate their own narrative.

Memory Lane Drift is the closing song.

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QFT – Aliens – Audio

The Swedish space-metal project of Linnéa VikströmQFT – releases the LP Live In Space on the 4th of May.

QFT

QFT

Better known as the live vocalist for the symphonic-metal band – Therion in QFT – Linnéa explores themes of metaphysics.

The début album (which is available through Despotz) is introduced by the fifth of the ten tracks – Aliens.

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Martin Rubashov – Vantage Point – Audio

The Swedish melancholic-rock creator Martin Rubashov released the single Vantage Point on the 9th.

Martin Rubashov - Photo credit - Niklas Brodd

Martin Rubashov – Photo credit – Niklas Brodd

There is a warm undertow to Vantage Point which is drawn by an underpinning of acoustic instrumentation that pulls the listener inexorably in to the web of the multilayered composition with the vocal adding a singular identity of drifting sadness.

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Anna von Hausswolff – Ugly And Vengeful – Audio

The Swedish noir-rock project Anna von Hausswolff released the EP Dead Magic on the 2nd.

Anna von Hausswolff - photo by Anders Nydam

Anna von Hausswolff – photo by Anders Nydam

The roughly forty six minutes, five track EP (available on bandcamp), has the sense of casting a foreboding incantation over the listener through its duration, though far from afearing of the future the mid relaxes and finds cohesion in the dark spiraling architecture of the compositions as the incant and rattle through the ears, thereby making the longest song on the release, at sixteen minutes and seventeen seconds, Ugly And Vengeful, the third on Dead Magic my pick of the EP, as it both rests the bones and prods the nerves through its journey.

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Filthy Kitsch – Sound The Alarm – Audio

Filthy Kitsch is a Swedish synthwave project.

Filthy Kitsch

Filthy Kitsch

Combinations of analogue keys and psychedelic guitar meander through the room in the début three track single One (available on bandcamp) enticing the listener to close down the brain and settle in to a comatose state to allow the gentle massage of the, roughly eleven minutes, release to keep the synapses and blood flow functioning. My only advice being – trust in the power of music and do allow your mind to drift in to its own becalming stasis and all will be well.

The middle number is Sound The Alarm.

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