Electric Car (available on bandcamp) is a different soundscape to the introduction in late 2016 with a song that takes the listener directly to the Belgian ’70s trio Telex with a collection of current and retro electronica sweeped with a synthesised vocal and resultingly – comprehensively – summarising the rationale behind the name of the project.
On the 30th of March the Poland based synthwave trio Mountain Lakes revealed the single Storms.
Storms is a more fussy composition than music of theirs featured previously, yet although not having the organic fluidity of their last track The Quiet Sun nonetheless keeps the listener attentive to the unfurling song.
Opening with a buffering backwash Storms, for the first minute or so, appears to be heading towards radio station mainstream yet delightfully diverges from such thoughts to open a dreamy side channel and for the next getting on for three and a half minutes is a layering of hazy vocal and ever more pressing electronica which build in intensity which can be felt pressing through the speakers in to the room.
Based in Latvia and Lithuania ANDIS GRIVA ir WWMM is a relatively new synthwave quintet.
ANDIS GRIVA ir WWMM
Last week they released a slew of material, one of which was the track Galā which was released on the 7th.
Combinations of electric and acoustic guitars, blend with bass, drums and dreamy synth, threaded with an ethereal vocal to deliver music which, akin to a shadowy apparition, is both intangible yet distinctly discernible.
The England based synthwave trio Twist Helix are planning to release the LP Ouseburn later in the year.
To be more specific Twist Helix are based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and Ouseburn is an album of both sadness and delight.
To pin things down a little more the trio are actually based out of Ouseburn Valley which was at one time an industrial beating heart in North East England but, in common with the deindustrialisation of the manufacturing and extraction industries in the ’80s across the UK, Ouseburn Valley was left to fend for itself in its decline as a powerhouse of industry and over time has reinvented itself as the creative heart and soul of Newcastle Upon Tyne and a hub for musicians and music fans (sharper eyed readers will have noticed frequent images used over the years of performances at The Cluny) – hence an album tinged with both sadness and equally joy at the reincarnation of itself to once again become a vibrant centre.
The first song to surface from the LP and title track, Ouseburn (available as a stand alone single on bandcamp), sets the scene for the whole album reflecting as it does both on the past and the present.
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.