The US alt-rock quartet White Siberian Tigers released their eponymous LP on the 12th.
White Siberian Tigers
Able to traverse between fleet-footed indie-dance to heavy-rock infused weaving guitar the approximately thirty five minutes – nine track album (available on bandcamp) contains plenty in which to wrap the ears.
The bass and percussion keep steadfast hold on the ebb and flow of the tracks always steering towards the end-line, allowing space for guitar to flex the strings giving the songs their overall sentiment while the dexterous vocal is able to paint the expressions.
My pick of the release is the fourth – The Game – which has a dark undertow and an undulating tempo which allows White Siberian Tigers to showcase the various elements of the band with none hogging the spotlight.
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Cold Ocean Lies is the Brit-gaze quartet of Luke Marvin, Arran Bick, Harry Lehmann and Luke Brickett Haycock from Lichfield in England.
Cold Ocean Lies
Distortion, echo and reverb surround a ’90s brit-pop spine allowing Cold Ocean Lies to offer music which harks of the familiar, whilst heading to territories new. There is a solid rock base to the sounds which are embellished with flourishes of gothic architecture and luxurious shimmers of guitar which capture the attention, this is all overlaid with a vocal that gives it the ’90s reference point.
The combinations work well, allowing Cold Ocean Lies to create compositions with plenty of eddies of attraction, without it ever straying into the self-indulgent as the bass / percussion keeps the material tightly knitted.
Having only had the opportunity to hear three of their songs, all of which approached from different angles, it will be interesting to find out how things develop longer term, for now a more than satisfactory clutch of tunes and given their expanding live performance circuit it shouldn’t be long before Cold Ocean Lies gain greater traction.
I look forward to hearing more. Whilst Cold Ocean Lies have released a two track single The Game, fairly typically of me, I have selected as the song to introduce them, the only one of the three that didn’t make the cut onto the release.
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Will And The People from England are currently on an extensive European tour.
Will And The People – The Game
From their eponymous LP – track ten of the eleven – The Game has recently appeared as a video.
The Game – Will and the People is available on iTunes*.
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