Singleton from Ukraine release their new ten track LP Uncovered on the 21st September 2013. There is an interesting music scene in The Ukraine and Singleton are a band I have followed since February 2012 with their melodic vocal led indie rock.
Singleton – LP cover for Undercover
Breathe In Breathe Out has a video to run with it, which I featured just four days ago and it is fine opener to the release, providing familiarity to ease the listener into Uncovered.
Next is Drown which is a strong piece of work as it builds from a haze laden piece to a more powerful rock derivative with the vocal drowning in the instruments. Appropriately named and a well thought through composition.
Puzzle comes next which again shimmers into the room as cymbals are deployed to reflect the quizzical sentiments of the lyrics and deftly played quivering strings round off the context of a fine track.
Surprises has a more up tempo pace, which registers on the higher notes, providing a different sentiment to Uncovered than the opening three tracks with a more forceful and aggressive sound.
Closing out the first half of the LP is my pick of the release Northern Star which plays with chords and keys, providing Singleton the opportunity to showcase their undoubted abilities as musicians and composers.
Snowstorms and Hurricanes continues with similar creativity as the Singleton gain the confidence to extend the ranges of their sounds and once again the slightly accented voice of Alina Fedorova provides superb context with a softly delivered vocal which blends into the music.
Not Your Part opens with a sound that reminds me of Roxanne by The Police before veering into their own territory once again and building the track in progressive waves of sounds that gain force and direction as the track develops.
I particularly enjoyed This Train for its very jocularity as the audience is taken on a rock ‘n’ roll clippity hop as the quartet bring out the dancing shoes.
The penultimate track All The Words maintains the higher tempo with a more rock focus in which the band is able to deliver a new dimension to the sound of Singleton and a space in which they are able to deliver music of the highest quality as mesmeric guitar and percussion rolls stutter in rapid fire and a fine piece of work. It would be interesting to hear this direction explored further in future releases.
We reach the conclusion of forty minutes of Uncovered with I See The Land and this finds the band in the more familiar territory with the music building texture upon texture as they explore the atmospheric laden sound that is Singleton.
I recommend adding Uncovered to your playlist when it is available, as Singleton offer some very well composed music which is delivered with confidence and in context.
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