The Hungarian, Netherlands ambient-electronica duo Dream Map released the single Time on the 13th.
Having got together towards the end of last year Dream Map only have two tracks around, both belie the short time they have been together with the well structured and judged compositions transfixing the audience with their unruffled flowing elegance.
The most recent being the just under four and a quarter minutes of Time. A luxurious pillow of radiating electronica heralds the entrance of the absorbing vocal and fills the room with gently undulating washes of colour in to which the listener finds themselves merging as one in with the misty, dreamy soundtrack.
Washed in luscious reverb and soaked pedal swimming in a shoal encased by synthetic keys, their latest single Time, which was released earlier in the month belies the hive of frenetic under-current jazz-fused activity which underpins the song as the vocal glides through the room merely generating ripples of disturbance and leaving the listener unwittingly shaking their shoulders through the shifting phraseology of the composition.
Old Swing in Time evidence of a group of musicians who know when enough is enough on the mixing desk and although laden with depths of effects the resulting output is of a calming serenity in which the audience can either explore the rapidly oscillating pectoral fins or flow in gentle swoops with the graceful anguilliform locomotion.
The English nu-folk creator Sheehan Duhv revealed the début single – Time – on the 21st.
Having taken time to put in an apprenticeship working with others material Sheehan Duhv felt it was time to explore as the originating musician resulting in Time.
A looped drum gives the song a circular motion, which is picked up and expanded by a felted keyboard whilst an angular guitar skips through the ears, akin to spider hurriedly repairing its web in mid-afternoon before the heat goes out of the sun, to be joined in by a layered vocal – resulting in a composition which has a lo-fidelity honesty which is weaved in to a multi-textured carpet within which the listener takes immense pleasure in sinking their toes.
Smashing Birds is an indie-synth band from Belgium.
Whilst being light on texture the synths allow Smashing Birds to add layering to their output making the material ideally suited to a quiet evening gathering with friends to which the compositions add a pleasing ambience.
Not seeking to challenge the tensor tympani Smashing Birds are an outfit, nonetheless, to get to know as they are articulate and skilled musicians adept at what they do adding much to the world of music and I wish them every success.
By way of an introduction the track Time from the EP No More Revolutions, which is available on bandcamp.