Bauda – Sporelights

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Sporelights, the new album from progressive/post rock band Bauda, is certainly not a difficulty proposition to get closely familiar with but it does need time to reveal the myriad of layers and creative colours within its compelling body. Consisting of seven immersive encounters, the release is a flight of temptation which has major moments of creative seduction but equally from start to finish only keeps ears and imagination eagerly and increasingly greedily involved.

The fascinating Sporelights is the third album from Bauda, a band which emerged in 2006 as the solo project of guitarist/vocalist/chief-lyricist-songwriter César Márquez. Inspired musically and lyrically by the great landscapes of their homeland Chile, the project released the Del Mar Al Aire EP in its first year with debut album Oniirica appearing in 2009. As things evolved and grew, Márquez recruited drummer Nikolas Recabarren and bassist Juan Díaz into the band in 2012, the trio’s creative collusion giving birth to second album Euphoria…Of Flesh, Men and the Great Escape that same year. In 2013 the line-up was added to by keyboardist Edgardo González with Bauda soon working on its next release, Sporelights. Produced by René Rutten of Dutch alternative rock band The Gathering, the album takes its themes from “the perpetual struggles of men against the enslaving nature of modern societies”, and swiftly lays an immersive ambience on the senses as a sign of things to come.

bauda-cover_RingMaster Review   That coaxing is through opener Aurora, an instrumental of sonic suggestion and rhythmic incitement which is as portentous as it is gripping revelry for ears and thoughts to contemplate. The keys of González weave a radiant, kaleidoscopic tapestry of sound and suggestiveness as a more tempestuous atmosphere brews, rhythms in turn aligning to the more caustic creativity of Márquez’s guitar. Subsequently as cold and sinister as it is warmly inviting, the piece flows and evolves right into Vigil, the post punk air and textures of the former continuing but soon wrapped in enticing vocals and the melodic seducing of keys and harmonies. Magnetism drips from the track, its eighties spiced air offering essences seemingly inspired by a Porcupine Tree or The Pineapple Thief whilst the orchestral wind of the song rises and lifts the senses over an underbelly of rugged and compelling rhythms, a blend which alone fully involves attention and appetite.

The album’s title track steps forward next, Sporelights entwining guitar bred melodies with a thickly alluring and inventive prowess; eighties band Modern English coming to mind before a relative calm gains great volatility urged on by the predatory tone of the bass as steely hooks litter the absorbing web spun by Márquez’s guitar. Once more an evocative atmosphere lays an inescapably captivating tempting in collusion with the increasingly impressive individual and united craft of Bauda, the result a glorious, almost smothering hug of lively adventure.

A slightly calmer but more shadow honed proposal comes through War next, its melancholic breath and darkly soaked air simultaneously mesmeric and imposing. Military inspired beats skirt the smouldering beauty of melodies and vocals as thicker haunted hues courting the almost fiery atmosphere and radiance embracing ears and thoughts. As its predecessor, the track is sheer captivation and matched by Tectonic Cells in its own individual drama. Rhythmically an adventure alone, beats and bass swiping and grumbling in a multi textured waltz, the song blossoms into a sunspot of sonic suggestion through keys and guitar. The instrumental bewitches as it incites, seduces with an emotive and physical trespass leaving a greed for more, a hunger then sated by the rock pop festivity of Asleep In Layers, another song coloured with a more eighties post punk/new wave seeding amidst a theatre of progressive and melody soaked imagination.

Completed by Dawn Of Ages, arguably the least impacting but no less enticing song on the album with its crystalline melodic kisses, electronic drama, and tempestuous ambiences around ever impressing vocals, Sporelights is a masterful pleasure. Being our introduction to Bauda, how it compares to previous releases in sound and growth we have yet to learn but if they are half as enthralling and enjoyable as Sporelights, they are a future must check out too.

Sporelights is released October 19th digitally and on CD via Temple of Torturous @ https://templeoftorturous.bandcamp.com/album/sporelights

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Pete RingMaster 19/10/2015

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Speaking in Shadows – The Anchor EP

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In describing their new EP The Anchor, UK alternative rock quintet Speaking in Shadows said “This EP has taken us back to our roots – no agendas, no concepts, no gimmicks. We’re writing music that excites and inspires us, and hope that our songs will not only engage and entertain our listeners, but also empower and encourage them to find inspiration of their own.” What they forgot to mention was that they have also bred a new oomph in sound and delivery which whilst indeed offering essences which at times seem closer to 2011 debut album Standing at the Edge than previous EP The Lies We Lead, comes with a core maturity and power fuelling a whole new freshness to get close and personal with.

Hailing from Nuneaton, Speaking in Shadows have been building up a potent following and praise for their sound and live presence since emerging. Comparisons to bands such as Funeral for a Friend, Deaf Havana, and Mallory Knox have come their way whilst Standing at the Edge and the single Sweet Gemini began the flow of acclaim presenting itself to their releases. Last year’s The Lies We Lead EP pushed things on again with its gripping single Technicolour Trainwreck included on Keep A Breast UK’s Check Your Selfie album, with the likes of Four Year Strong, Finch and Man Overboard. Now the band has stepped up with a new collection of tracks which feel stronger, sound bolder, and persuade with the most accomplished craft from Speaking in Shadows yet.

SIS - The Anchor_RingMaster Review     The Anchor opens up with new single Capsized and a rousing blaze of guitar and rhythms to seize the attention of ears and imagination. A slight breath is taken as the instantly impressive tones of vocalist Adam Smith join the flirtatiously groaning bass of Sam Powell, their tempting soon aligned to more melodic flames cast by the guitars of Ali Carvell and Lewis Sketchley. With a resourceful and eventful adventure shaping its body and gait, the song as it grows, becomes gets more contagious with very passing twist to a fluid vocal and musical roar.

It is a great start backed just as enjoyably by Scatter. Led in by the magnetic beats and swings of Grant Sketchley, the song is soon unveiling its own emotive and hearty bellow loaded with soaring harmonies around the core delivery of Smith. Again the bass is a rich lure and companion to the fiery textures bred by the guitars, they only adding rich hues to the irresistible anthemic drama and tenacity boiling within the track. It is an emotively volcanic property which similarly veins Figure of Eighty, a more reserved but no less melodically and creatively pungent proposal than its predecessors. As it engages ears, the song bares its creative heart and emotion with increasingly intensity and prowess, that earlier talked of new spark and power in the band’s sound as ripe and forceful as anywhere upon The Anchor.

Bite growls and swings in ears next, barbed hooks as open as melodic temptation and the ever inviting tone and mix of vocals. Rhythms align more to the song’s grouchy side whilst sonic enterprise fans the melody honed fire burning brightly within an encounter which maybe took a couple more plays than other songs within the EP to ignite the same kind of reactions but certainly gets there in the end. The same can be said of And Grit which also is a more of a smoulder than instant incitement on welcoming emotions but grows into a lusty furnace of heated persuasion shaped by technical imagination and striking individual craft.

The Anchor closes with Easy for You, a track swiftly laying down a spicily tempting hook around which melodic elegance and rhythmic restraint sparks an evocative air leading to tenacious crescendos. The ‘weakest’ song on the EP, yet one that only lingers after departure whilst leaving emotions broadly smiling with satisfaction through a dynamic weave of sound and creative colour, it emphasizes the core strength of The Anchor and the new step in the Speaking In Shadows invention.

Speaking In Shadows impressed with their earlier releases but without doubt have hit a new peak with The Anchor. They are still not a band which you would suggest has come of age yet though which makes their potential and future even more exciting based on the strength of this impressive EP.

The Anchor EP is released October 19th.

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Pete RingMaster 19/10/2015

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Space – Strange World

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Having a more flirtatious attitude towards UK rockers Space and their releases over the years rather than giving a purposeful focus to each endeavour, certainly since the excellent Tin Planet gripped attention, there is now the suspicion we may have been missing out. That suggestion comes through new single Strange World, the first song we have taken a proper look at since the band returned to life in 2011. It is a tantalising weave of styles and flavours casting a creative seduction that is as dark as it is nostalgic as it is irresistible.

cover_RingMaster Review     Formed in 1993, Space released a trio of albums in the generally acclaimed shapes of Spiders, Tin Planet, and Suburban Rock ‘n’ Roll, as well as the unreleased Love You More than Football which was recorded four years before the 2004 unveiling of the latter of that trio. These, with a host of singles, marked the band’s twelve year presence before the band split in 2005. The funeral of former drummer Andy Parle in 2009 brought the remaining original members of Space back together, the breaking of the ice between them that planted the seeds for a return of the band which officially came about two years later. Enlisting bassist/double bassist Phil Hartley, keyboardist Ryan Clarke, and drummer Allan Jones to the line-up of vocalist guitarist Tommy Scott, keyboardist Franny Griffiths, and guitarist Jamie Murphy, Space made their live return with a reunion gig at the O2 Academy Liverpool in December 2011. Despite the subsequent departure of Murphy, the band created and released the well-received album Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab in 2014. Now down to a quartet with Clarke leaving last year, Space gives a flavoursome teaser to an impending new album slated for early next year with Strange World, a song ready to treat ears and imagination.

That it does instantly as provocative percussion leads just as endearing harmonies and tempting guitar to ears. Immediately there is a sixties air to the song aligned to a mariachi/dark rock ‘n roll climate, like the Walker Brothers slipping into Tarantino country. The distinctive voice of Scott is soon walking through the evocative scenery, his tones having lost none of their prowess and expression over time and comfortably courting the brewing orchestral embrace and elegance of guitar and bass strings matched by the keys as brass bring their own the sultry flames.

Noir lit but as intense as a desert sun, Strange World is an absorbing adventure as intimate as it is cinematically suggestive and seriously compelling. The same applies, if a slightly lesser extent, to the accompanying alternative version of Female of The Species which first ignited ears back in 1996 as a single and part of Spiders. Also taken back to the dramatic era of sixties rock/pop, with an appropriate rawness towing along a sci-fi revelry of that time, the song is the return of an old friend with a nostalgic make-over that is quite easy to get lusty over.

For us Strange World is a treat which is also a kick up the backside to any assumptions that a band that has been around a fair old time and returned after significant time away will have also left their glory days behind them. Band Of Holy Joy recently showed the error in that thinking with their recent new album and now Space with their single, and we anticipate on the excellence of Strange World will be again with their forthcoming next album, are doing the same.

Strange World is released via Mulu Records on October 19th.

Forthcoming dates for the Strange World tour:

Wed 21 /October             SWINDON           VIC

Thu 22 /October               ST ALBANS          THE HORN

Fri 23 /October SOUTHEND         CHINNERYS

Sat 24 /October                NORTHAMPTON              PICTUREDROME

Sat 31 /October                RUNCORN           BRINDLEY

Fri 6 /November               MINEHEAD         SHIIINE

Sat 7 /November             CLEETHORPES    BEACHCOMBER

Sun 8 /November            DONCASTER       DIAMOND

Thu 12 /November          LEEDS    LIBRARY

Fri 13 /November            CUMBRIA            MONROE BAR

Sat 14 /November           STOCKTON          GEORGIAN

Fri 20 /November            WIGAN                 OLD COURTS

Sat 21 /November           CREWE THE BOX

Sun 22 /November          MANCHESTER    FAC 251

Tue 24 /November          SWANSEA           SIN CITY

Wed 25 /November        CARDIFF               THE GLOBE

Thu 26 /November          READING             BOWERY

Fri 27 /November            BRISTOL               FLEECE

Sat 28 /November           COVENTRY          KASBAH

Mon 30 /November        SUNDERLAND    THE POINT

Tue 1 /December             EDINBURGH       ELECTRIC CIRCUS

Wed 2 /December           ABERDEEN          TUNNELS

Thu 3 /December             GLASGOW          CLASSIC GRAND

Fri 4 /December               LIVERPOOL         EPSTEIN

Sat 5 /December              LONDON              BRIXTON JAMM

Thu 10 /December          TUNBRIDGE WELLS          FORUM

Fri 11 /December             WOLVERHAMPTON        SLADE ROOMS

Sat 12 /December            LINCOLN              PLATFORM

Fri 18 /December             GLOUCESTER     GUILDHALL

Sat 19 /December            NORWICH           UEA

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Pete RingMaster 19/10/2015

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