Saint God

The Tel Aviv, Israel, based duo of Shura (Vocals / Drums) and Tim (Guitar) form the gaze-rock band Saint God.

Saint God - Gauze-rock from Israel

Saint God

Shadowing reflexives behind gauze Saint God are able to deliver to the audience precise percussion and muted vocal with guitar that sheens in and out of focus, giving the duo the ability to cast bait to the audience on which they focus, only to pull it away from sight leaving the listener grabbing for air and it is this entrancing combination of out-stretched arms which suddenly snap behind back that makes for a sound well worth getting to know.

Formed last year Saint God have been able to put out a three track single Realise and a ten track LP Montefiore (both available on bandcamp)and have set themselves as musicians with an urgency to say something about the Government which represents them by which the world judges them. In the same way that those of other regions are judged by their bureaucrats. It is always better to hear from those who are working to make a difference and you find yourself reading though the various sites about musicians from Iran and Israel as well as Iraq, Lebanon and Syria who attempt to do the best they can to make a difference.

I thank musicians – such as Saint God who strive to make a difference to the world in which they live, for which they receive no regard by the wider populace.

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Paul Lewis – Faster Than The Sound Of Speed – EP Review

My apologies to Paul Lewis and yourself as this has been languishing in my inbox since prior to the release of Faster Than The Sound Of Speed which was made available on the 29th January.

Paul Lewis - Faster Than The Sound Of Speed - EP review

Paul Lewis

Those of more curious thought may recognise Paul Lewis from the English band Priory Jones And The Mission, Faster Than The Speed Of Sound is an alt-rock solo EP.

Opening the eighteen minutes release is Never Gonna Be Free, which has a retro ’60s mersey-beat to it, to which a fuzzy synth has been over-layed, that has the effect of slowing down the piece giving it a spectral presence that drifts around the room in hazy flows of sound.

Everybody’s Gotta Reason comes next which is my pick of the release, as a heavier percussion pummels its way around the room, to which the heart finds itself matching tempo as the guitar joins in the pace, whilst a superb vocal cuts a swathe across the landscape as notes and reaches are hit pitch-perfectly by the voice as a medley of synthesised choir gives the track its defining presence.  Four and a half minutes that you just want to extend further in time.

Following is Show Me, a luscious blend of synth-wave and rock combinations which again is hazed, whilst the vocal threads between sharp clarity and gauzy veils. Paul Lewis is able to deliver this rolling flow of mutation and sparkle without it ever seeming forced and the mind is drawn to thoughts of surf ebbing and flowing on the shoreline. A cleverly composed piece of music, which captures much in its brevity of just under three minutes.

The closing track, is also the longest, running at a couple of seconds below six and a half minutes – Thinking It Over reminds me of one of a song previously featured Tim as Paul Lewis imbues the piece with a rolling tempo with a busy vocal narrative that gives the track an inherent urgency, whilst the instrumentation flows expansively and again rather than sounding discordant and indulgent it is perfectly pitched and the listener finds themselves drifting into a capsule in which time stands still.

Whilst each track is somewhat different to one-another Faster Than The Speed Of Sound does not leave the audience feeling they have been listening to a random selection of tracks as when taken as a whole there is a natural progress which takes the mind from the retrospective to the future.

There are two additional tracks on the Deluxe Version of the EP with a slightly different track order.

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Priory Jones And The Mission – makes a musical response to my thoughts

Priory Jones And The Mission who I reviewed back in October kindly wrote a song about how much I annoy them.

Priory Jones And The Mission - Keep Your Mouth Shut Tim

Priory Jones And The Mission – Keep Your Mouth Shut Tim

I ask for a moment of your time with this one – as it is a circular composition. After my review and subsequent thread of personal conversation I found that there was a band who took the time to respond to my thoughts in song.

It somehow seems churlish not to post the thoughts of Priory Jones And The Mission with their response to my comments.

A song of value, with a diatribe sharply focused within an ever narrowing funnel as the instrumental swirls around like the flow of water into a bath plug. The eviscerating vocal distils from the ethers of the eddies of the whirlpool, ever drawing the ears inwards until the conclusion, which, discards the extraneous external postulations.

Priory Jones And The Mission demonstrate their ability to create commentary, in a track which is far from their home territory and I look forward to when they head back to the home-straight, as ‘Tim’ demonstrates these are song-writers able to deliver pin-point relevant compositions.

A quartet of musicians with much to offer to the world of music and long may they continue to paint the images which they see.

My advice – Keep with Priory Jones And The Mission, regardless of their antagonism towards this website and this editor.

I will now do as suggested – ‘Keep Your Mouth Shut Tim’.

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Our Lady

Our Lady is the four piece emo outfit of Molli (Cello), Tim (Vocals / Guitar), Kyle (Drums) and Matt (Bass) from Springfield in the USA.

Our Lady - emo from the USA

Our Lady

Through introducing a cello Our Lady is able to create music which is full of mystery and melody as the slightly ghostly sounds float around the room accompanied by a disjointed vocal accompaniment. The highly charged out-put is wrapped in angst as the band seek to explore the angsts of daily life.

The quartet spend much of their energy in live performance and I would expect these would be suitably emotional experiences for both Our Lady and the audience. Whilst there is a certain sense of suspense in the music, it is equally accessible enough for those not completely sold on the genre, as the content is audible and runs in context, creating sounds which have the potential to appeal to fans of broader alternative indie rock.

Whilst this wont be sitting on my everyday playlist, there is certainly space to add Our Lady to the music collection as they are able to deliver material which has an attractive creativity about it and I am particularly smitten by the use of the Cello to create music with a difference.


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