Low Sea – Remote Viewing

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    With eleven pulsating bubbles of electro pop which disperse upon the senses like a warm Technicolor monsoon of  liquid aural crystals, Remote Viewing from Low Sea is a scintillating embrace with rewards at every corner of its sultry shadows and dazzling breath. The album from the pair of Bosnian Billie and Liverpudlian Bobby D enchants and mesmerises with a temptation which is blessed by sirens and borne of the most vibrant electronic breath.

The Ireland based duo first met while living in the United States, Billie having fled to San Francisco when the war in Bosnia broke out. Finding a bond the two released a mini album on US-based Lefse Records before working with Dell’Orso Records with the view to creating ‘a narcotic pop album’, something you can say they succeeded in doing with Remote Viewing. A big chunk of the album was recorded and self-produced in a cottage overlooking a light house and harbour in the isolated fishing village on the Irish coast where they live, the other songs mixed by Stephen Hague (Pet Shop Boys, New Order, PIL), including the lead single/title track. With a sound described as “Julee Cruise on sedatives”, the duo has produced an album which washes over the senses like a seductive warm tide rippling with the rays and shine of an eager sun. It is magnetic and hypnotic, occasionally inflicted with a drifting similarity which reduces the fullest potency of some songs, but throughout it is a compelling ambient persuasion to which resistance is a missing ingredient.

Affliction Of Love is the first teasing embrace, its pulsating presence littered with growing radiance and inviting sultriness. Immediately thoughts of the likes of Altered Images, The Mouth Of Ghosts, Propaganda, and Daisy Chainsaw lift above the parapet admittedly as much for the inciting vocals of Billie as the expansive heat of sound. The energetic start makes way for the more reserved but equally as enthralling Sentimental Games. The song entwines intriguingly around the senses, its heart radiating with a golden electro sheen and the deliciously sirenesque vocals wrapping the passions around each and every syllable and emotive charm. The Cellophane Flowers like lilt to the song like the first song brings a slight familiarity to its open distinctiveness, a delightful paradox to immerse within whilst basking in its smouldering kiss.

Across the New Order inspired title track with its wonderful dark prowl within electronic flames, the sensational Starlight, and the equally impressive Cast A Cold Eye, the album brings a growing ardour for its wantonness to bear. The second of the three is a celestial sunrise of instinctive rhythmic energy and angelic harmonies which soaks every atom for immediate obedience whilst the third has the darker edges of early pre-split Human League. Its haunting warmth and niggling underlying taunt is a perfect merger of extremes and sonic devilment as well as another major highlight on the album.

Breathing In Too Fast steps forward with another irresistible stroll; the gnarly resonance of the intense bass sounds a shadow of the most addictive primal stance and again offers an impossibly compulsive fusion of extremes with the melodic electro dew and vocal beauty of Billie eager companions.

Arguably as the closing few songs make their undoubted stunning contributions there is a slight lack of surprise accompanying them, the vocals and synths playing with existing armoury explored on the album but in saying that each track like Alex and the epic touching Last Rain to name two still ignite the passions and appetite for so much more from the band. Remote Viewing is a wonderful album, a release which brings the darkest seductive shadows and evocative ambiences to the most vibrant and mischievous electro dance sunsets.

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8.5/10

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Mike Marlin – Grand Reveal

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     To be honest initially the new album Grand Reveal from Mike Marlin threw thoughts and expectations into mystified disarray, the artist instantly going against what was presumed for our first encounter with the man. It also did not take long to be deeply enamoured with his enterprise and inventive uniqueness. Marlin creates what can only be described as dark folk, though that also limits the impression of what is on offer across the striking album. The songs making up the release evoke and provoke thoughts and emotions but constantly within its startling and varied breath, there is an underlying virulent infectious lure. It is not always marked and at times no more than a whisper but at all times the barb hooked is available and potently contagious.

Born in London in the sixties, Marlin has had an eventful and dramatic life to simplify things. Losing an eye as a four year old while playing in the garden, the traumatic event and the subsequent cruelty of other children shaped he and his determined fire ahead. Something of an academic child prodigy he won a scholarship to Oxford to study Physics at seventeen. At this point he truly began his musical education constantly attending gigs and seeing the likes of Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Dr Feelgood, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Stranglers, and The Undertones to name just a small few. Playing bass in a band in Oxford came next before Marlin dropped out of education and started working in the small family broking business. The next twenty five years or so saw Marlin go through a family meltdown, start a series of technology based companies, and in 2008 decide to be a novelist Throughout he had also written songs with no intent to unveil them for public consumption but in 2009 he met musician and producer James Durrant and they recorded as a creative experiment the album Nearly Man, which Mike now describes as “the greatest hits of a man who never had any hits”. A recording by him of Staying Alive brought him to the awareness of agent Neil O’Brien and one year later from singing his first song to anyone Marlin found himself supporting The Stranglers at the Hammersmith Apollo on their 2011 UK tour. Later that year debut album Man On The Ground was recorded with producer Catherine Marks, as well as joining another Stranglers UK and European tour.

Entering the studio again last year with Marks for Grand Reveal, what has emerged is an album which reaps depths of emotions Mike Marlin - Grand Revealand striking ingenuity which one assumes have seeded from the journey Marlin needed to make in his life. The album starts with the first single taken from it, Skull Beneath The Skin. An ambient key shaped entrance evokes the imagination at first and though it does not light instant imagery there are shapeless ideas bred from its elegant presence. Soon a lone guitar is stroking the ear whilst Marlin brings his excellent part croon part growling vocals to bear on the lyrical narrative. Into its full stride there is certainly a Psychedelic Furs lilt to the eager stroll of the song and vocals, the refreshing sounds and passion offering a R&B swagger to the almost punkish attitude. It is an excellent start which entraps full focus before handing over to the title track, a song with a slow loping stance within an emerging sweltering air rich in emotive shadows and snarling ambience.

The impressive start continues with War To Begin and Amazing, the first a track with a repetitive persistence coring a fiery embrace which sizzles and burns upon the senses. Like many of the songs on the album its catchy temptation is irresistible with the vocals of Marlin are an appetizing graze within the melodic energy of the confrontation. The second of the pair is a dawdling tension of feeling and atmosphere with an agitated yet hypnotic pulse to add steel to the emotive charge. The beginning of the track is compelling enough but when it flares up with an electric abrasion from the guitar and heightened fire to the vocal attack, a major highlight is bred.

As it progresses The Grand Reveal increases its potent attraction with further pinnacles coming through the outstanding sinister dark folk triumph of The Murderer, the song easily the best on the album with its distorted innocence and sultry intrigue not to mention malevolence, the warm sixties tinged Forgive Me Yet with its vibrant brass shards of colourful sounds and Cajun banjo coaxing, and Doesn’t Care. The last of the three songs picks at the ear with glistening spots of sonic brilliance whilst the guitar picks its moment to precisely play the passions like a siren. It is a kaleidoscope of emotive craft and richly appetising enterprise, something which describes the whole album perfectly.

With every song offering a shadowed tale lyrically and musically to whip up imagination and pleasure with their diverse inventive aural fuels, Grand Reveal is a rare and rewarding feast which no one should pass upon.

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8.5/10

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Me, You and Thomas – Eventually

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    With a lo-fi indie rock sound energising the air as well as the senses through potent fuzzy sonic persuasion, Eventually the new and second single from UK duo Me, You and Thomas continues the impressive emergence of a fresh sound which started with their debut single Repeat. The self-released song caught the imagination of a great many and with the new Howling Owl Records released track, the band is set to step into a brighter spotlight.

Consisting of Rhianna Berarey (vocals, guitar, piano) and Joe Sherrin (drums), the Bristol two-piece cement their emerging presence in UK indie music with a trio of songs which seduce and provoke with equal strength and accomplishment. The title track Eventually Frontimmediately takes a grip with its opening salvo of rolling drum hooks and engaging guitar beckoning, their touch wrapping an inviting arm around the shoulders of the senses, luring them deeper in the focus of the song and the impending scuzz lined bluster of its heart. As it parades its impressive presence within the ear there are loud whispers of bands such as Au-Pairs and Girls At Their Best as well as the scintillating discord challenging likes of Breeders and Throwing Muses apparent. The song is as infectious as it is aurally evocative and recruits the passion with ease to its contagious cause rewarding with intense rewards in return.

The following Stop Here has a less energetic freedom but a more imposing depth to its reserved gait. Again the rhythms of Sherrin cage and lead the intent of the song whilst the guitar of Berarey brings a steely narrative to the sound whilst her soft yet sharp vocals seduce with a lyrical embrace to match her open tones. Into its stride the track has an agitated atmosphere which soaks the ear with an inviting menace to make a distinct contrast to its predecessor but a co-conspirator in securing a solid engagement of the emotions.

Closing track Boundary takes another step into a slower emotive stirring which though it lacks the more instant attraction of the previous pair emerges as an engrossing and thought forming encounter. Again the bands previously mentioned comes to mind with elements of The Passions added, but the sound even with those references to old bands has a fresh bite to its melodic excursion.

With an extremely limited run to its CD version, Eventually is a single you need to snap up quickly but more importantly it is another step for a band we feel sure we will hear a lot more of.

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7.5/10

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Valentiine – Love Like

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    Sipping the essences of The Breeders and The Distillers to offer their own individual riled wash of attitude and provocation, Australian garage punk band Valentiine make their debut with an impressive and impacting single. Love Like is a three minute caustic caress which leaves a tingle from song and the open promise of the band.

Hailing from Melbourne, Valentiine is an all-girl rock trio band which has been making potent impressions in their homeland over the past three years or so. Consisting of Vanessa V(guitar/vocals), Erica E(bass/vocals), and Shelly K(drums/vocals), the triplets of abrasive aural affection have lit up ‘Melbourne’s most loved dirty little pubs’, thrilled audiences at the likes of the St. Kilda Fest and the Cherry Rock festival, and at the latter part of 2012 undertaken a 22 show European tour taking in UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, as well as playing sets at OxJam Festival in Leicester and the Grungapolooza festival in Leipzig, Germany. That moment in time across Europe also caught the attention of Integrity Records (Million Dead, Reuben, Miniature Dinosaurs) who signed up the band and release their first single.

Taken from their forthcoming album, Love Like initially plays with the ear through a long guitar stroking with dour yet compelling vocals, their tone and breath instantly bringing thoughts of Brody Dalle to mind. The roam of the track never worries urgency but has an intimidating and steely presence which the likes of L7 and Distillers would have hungrily used whilst the melodic persuasion comes with menace and a contagious edge leaving only rich satisfaction as it embraces emotions and thoughts. As the song switches from gentle malice to fiery intensity early Pixies enters the equation but Valentiine still hold their own distinct stance throughout to ignite a potent promise for them and their impending album.

Accompanied by an acoustic version of the song which also manages to prowl and threaten with an equally exacting persuasion in its stripped down impressiveness, Love Like is an exciting debut from the band and sets up the strong sense that this is just the beginning of a formidable presence within femme-rock.

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8/10

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