The romance of light and shadows: a singles round-up

With the ever welcome keen insight of Shauna McLarnon of Shameless PR and the outstanding band Ummagma, we offer up another quartet of singles deserving of your explorations.

First up is the new solo track from Harry Stafford of post-punk gothic rockers Inca Babies and a rather potent taste of the Manchester hailing musician’s forthcoming album, Gothic Urban Blues.

Painted Ocean is a song which casts a web of intrigue and intimation within a jazz and blues wired dark rock landscape. It is a dark echo of the world we live in yet equally intimates on a personal level as its morose yet spirit rousing stroll works away on body and rock ‘n’ roll instincts.

Within its drama bold body, Stafford’s narrative is just as magnetic and enticing; word and sound entangling in a shadow nurtured sea of dark imagination and devilish enterprise further lit by jazz flamed brass across soulful blues enterprise.

Something akin to a blend of The Filthy Tongues and Tom waits, Painted Ocean proved quickly and thickly irresistible and an invitation to Gothic Urban Blues impossible to turn down.

In contrast to the darken skies cast by Mr Stafford, Ukraine’s 6th Crowd weaves an electronic enticement in new single, The Day is Over, which boldly almost viscerally shimmers with electronic luminescence though this is underlined by its own suggestive shadows.

6th Crowd is the solo project of Kyiv based Dari Maksymova who is better known as the front-woman, synth and bass player of post-punk band On The Wane. Her own musical exploration is bred in the heart of synth pop and rave dance floored electro rock adventure and has already offered up a debut single in Самозванцы which was keenly received, together both tracks a taster of her debut EP, Avoid The Void, expected in late spring.

A purposeful rhythmic lure aligns to a similarly dark and immediately firm electronic murmur as The Day is Over stirs, crystalline sparks lighting its temptation. As Maksymova’s radiant tones join the emerging proposal, further light and enterprise is cast by synths yet still that balance of dark and light offers an intimation and tempestuousness which firmly enthrals attention. With Maksymova sharing the song’s heart in her own national tongue it is left to the music to inform the imagination and that it does with almost teasing effortlessness, The Day is Over a source of infection and enterprise sure to lure a greater wealth of ears to its creator and her forthcoming EP.

With a double EP in Fishbowl/ Terrestrial due March 20th, Alienbaby Collective is another fine proposition offering up some potent teasers in the shape of singles of which Degenerate Moon is an infestation of sound, a noise rock bred trespass of ears and imagination as captivating in its melodic craft as it is in fuzz induced irreverence.

Almost menacingly infectious and with a melodic enterprise verging on the toxic, the track is a moment of raw beauty further escalated by the entrancing tones of Liú Mottes, the former guitarist in Blue Crime and New YX and currently part of SOON, Slow Worries, and OBOL LE. Her solo project, Alienbaby Collective creates a sound which holds no fear in going where the listener may fear yet as proven by the bewitching Degenerate Moon it is the source of haunting pleasure, something also epitomised within double A-sided single Fruit/I Don’t Recall Waking Up released even more recently, an incitement which fascinates as it courts emotive responses to its post punk endowed noise rock nurtured predominantly instrumental haunting.

Together both singles suggest, no insist, that Fishbowl/ Terrestrial is a challenge ears and imaginations should take on.

Lastly we have for your intrigue, the new single from The Mystery Plan. With their fifth album, Zsa Zsa, scheduled for an April release through Ten Millimeter Omega Recordings, the US outfit drop the enticing offering of Ballad of JC Quinn as a lead and warm up for intrigue and attention on March 6th.

The song is a vibrant and infectious slice of the band’s dream pop meets melodic alternative rock adventure. With lively “folk nova” rhythms adding to the swinging instinctive funk stroll of the song, it needed little time to reveal a richness of ingredients and flavours as equally swift captivation.

Having already ignited the senses and appetite with previous uniquely sounding and equally contagious single, the Massive Attack-esque Al Gore Rhythms, the North Carolina hailing quintet repeat the captivating deed again with Ballad of JC Quinn; The Mystery Plan laying down grounds for a definite exploration of the sure to be unique charms of Zsa Zsa.

Painted Ocean from Harry Stafford is digitally available now with Gothic Urban Blues released March 27th, both via Black Lagoon Records with album pre-ordering available now @ https://harrystafford.bandcamp.com/album/gothic-urban-blues

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The Day is Over from 6th Crowd is available now @ https://6thcrowd.bandcamp.com/track/the-day-is-over

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Alienbaby Collective’s Degenerate Moon and Fruit/I Don’t Recall Waking Up are out now through Humm Recordings with pre-ordering for Fishbowl/ Terrestrial available @ https://hummrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/alienbaby-collective-fishbowl-terrestrial-lp-humm10

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The Mystery Plan drop Ballad of JC Quinn on March 6th via Ten Millimeter Omega Recordings with Zsa Zsa due for release April 3rd.

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Pete RingMaster 05/03/2020

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Pia Fraus – Empty Parks

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There are numerous traits which enthral attention within the new album from Estonian band Pia Fraus with with fascination leading the way. In its contrast lit body it offers an embrace of ears and imagination thick in melancholy yet is as life affirming and rich in hope and optimism as any heart could desire.  From its first to last shoegaze nurtured breath Empty Parks eagerly beguiled whilst presenting tracks just as keenly buoyant with contagious dreampop instincts.

Formed in 1998, Pia Fraus has crafted a potent sound and reputation across five studio albums and a host of similarly well and enthusiastically received EPs and singles not forgetting a wealth of shows and tours across Europe and further afield. Their new album, which the band declare their poppiest yet, sees the sextet of vocalist/synthist Eve Komp, vocalist/guitarist/synthist Rein Fuks, bassist Reijo Tagapere, synthist Kärt Ojavee, drummer Joosep Volk and backing vocalist Kristel Eplik linking up with producer John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea and Cake, Stereolab, Broken Social Scene, Teenage Fanclub), himself a true musical inspiration to songwriter Fuks.

Empty Parks has emerged as one spellbinding encounter, a dreamy soulful whisper of pop magnetism sure to provide a warm knowing hug around any dark day whilst recognising the shadows such times bring. From the moment album opener Hidden Parks spread its pensive seduction Empty Parks was charming ears and senses. A soothing touch of keys is swiftly entangled in intoxicating strands spun by the guitar, rhythms a darker hue in the contemplation but just as encouraging with their catchy stroll. With the familiar and always beguiling mix of Komp and Fuk’s vocals, the song effortlessly slipped under the skin, the band’s expected but never dulled blend of female and male vocals rapture in its own right.

 An even paced enticement, the track makes for a transfixing start though the following Love Sports had body and attention quickly bouncing with greater urgency straight after; its pop virulence and melody thick mesmerism pure captivation. As with all tracks there is a delicious claustrophobic effect to the song’s temptation, an easy and whole immersion in its creative enchantment which never warrants a wish to escape in this song or the album as a whole.

Slow Boat Fades Out is next up, a track which shares the radiance and bearing of nineties bred shoegaze with the band’s distinctive character of touch and sound which is further lit up by that sublime vocal union while successor Mr. Land Freezer bounds in on a spirited canter drenched in a thick electronic mist. Both tracks share imagination stirring hooks and melodies which caress like lustful lovers and each with increasing dexterity had the body swinging as they slithered under the skin.

Across the wonderful Young Marble Giants meets The Pastels like graceful beauty of Sweet Sunday Snow and the similar tantalising of The New Water with something of an XTC air to its riveting pop enterprise, the album only tightened their hold on ears and pleasure with Paper Flower Projects adding its own substantial enticement. In comparison to its predecessors, it is almost rowdy in its energy and muggy in its breath but another provider of melodic and harmonic radiance around a rhythmic inducement which makes you want to dance within a web of guitar and bass fertility which grips ears and accentuates the pleasure.

If not quite inciting the passions as those before it, You’re Not in Love held attention firmly in its dextrous hands before Nice and Clever and Late Summer Night soon after shared their respective melancholy bound and increasingly tempestuous serenade and balmy yet similarly suggestively mercurial and intense proposal on ears, the latter with a captivating drone like quality.

Australian Boots brings Empty Parks to a close, the song a final absorbing caress which harbours its own emotive disturbance, one which openly and eagerly simmers but never quite erupts. The track is a joy of intrigue and intimation within an equally thrilling embrace and a fine end to a release which simply kept the real world at bay for forty five odd minutes.

Empty Parks is out now via Seksound / Vinyl Junkie; available @ https://piafraus.bandcamp.com/album/empty-parks

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Pete RingMaster 05/03/2020

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Stolen Dead Music – Jacob Eats Dog

Robust and aggressive yet skilfully woven with melodic imagination and hook littered dexterity, Jacob Eats Dog is the new EP from UK rockers Stolen Dead Music. Offering four tracks of alternative rock with a certain appetite for punk, the release is a rousing holler which had us eagerly on board in quick time.

Hailing from the North East, Stolen Dead Music drew firm attention with their ScreamLite Records released debut EP, Penny Drop, last year, an encounter which sparked an anticipation loaded appetite here for their music. The band links up with the label again for the release of Jacob Eats Dog and guitarists/vocalists Jimi Trimmer and Isaak Patterson alongside bassist/drummer Lewis Patterson immediately held thick attention again with the EPs opening title track.

Jacob Eats Dog erupts with a sonic squall from which a great dub styled bass line emerges, its title track swiftly joined by a post punk guitar clamour before settling into an infectious punk bred stroll. Within that opening horde of second, the band reveals their music is woven on a host of flavours, the subsequent saunter akin to a fusion of Joe Jackson and Angelic Upstarts . Never giving a moment for lungs and body to relax, the track is rock ‘n’ roll incitement proving all anthemic and all irresistible.

Whether the EP reaches the same mountainous heights again is down to personal taste but the following Sit In Silence leaves little for ears and appetite to desire with its post punk clang and soulful vocals across another heavy verging on predatory rhythmic incitement which easily got under the skin. A more hard rock scented texture equally shapes a track which commanded swift and constant attention before Broken Record sets its own rhythmically intense and dynamic trespass upon the senses. Even so its body is all infection and vocal prowess an equally catchy enticement; it’s stalking of ears as arousing as it is imposing.

Just Got Back completes the quartet of songs, the enticement a melodic embrace of calm and reflective enterprise but one built on a tempestuousness which lines every rhythm and riff. It is a track which took longer to be persuaded by even though it only proved temptation from the off but with every listen a new shade of imagination and craft revealed their persuasion and it has grown to be another compelling moment within Jacob Eats Dog, a release you really should be checking out.

Jacob Eats Dog is available now via ScreamLite Records; available @ https://screamliterecords.bandcamp.com/album/stolen-dead-music-jacob-eats-dog

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Pete RingMaster 29/02/2020

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Innadaze – Self Titled EP

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As great as it is receiving potential releases to write and shout about via labels and PR companies there is something extra alluring when it is the artist themselves who get in touch whether by choice or necessity. Such it is with UK outfit Innadaze who recently requested a little attention for their new self-titled EP. Offering four tracks of the band’s quickly revealing individual psych grunge sound it was an introduction and moment of exploration which proved richly rewarding.

Bradford based, Innadaze emerged in 2018, formed by guitarist/vocalist Enzo Annecchini, drummer Billy Lockwood and guitarist Daniel Greenhalgh. With its line-up soon completed by bassist Ato Leo Ame, the band released debut single Wild as Love soon after, a song as potent at drawing new fans as their live shows around Bradford, Leeds, Manchester, and Liverpool across 2019 and indeed a subsequent demo EP. February of this year saw their new EP unveiled and a quartet of tracks which captivated as they wormed under the skin and almost aggressively consumed the senses.

The band’s sound is an alluring fusion of grunge, psych rock and shoegaze, an even mix which maybe hints at others in certain times but going by the new proposition has a certain individuality which again only tempted attention. EP opener, Totally Insignificant, quickly establishes that presence and the rich breath of the band’s music. Immediately bold rhythms and heavy riffs descend on ears; additional teases of guitar lining up intrigue as the song eagerly emerges with grunge bred instincts. Already there is a thick contagion to the proposal, hooks and twists aligning to further lure ears, Annecchini’s alluring vocals bringing that more shoegaze/psych nurtured texturing to the song. It is a seriously rousing affair but one further lit up by melodic dexterity and a host of imagination themed hooks and turns.

It is a tremendous start only matched indeed slightly eclipsed by next up Beyond The Sky. It too grabs ears with a robust and muscular proposal from the off but quickly wraps it in melodic and harmonic enterprise. Again there is an unpredictability to twists and imagination which does not erupt in something voraciously unconventional but ensures every moment comes with open adventure and intrigue. As with all tracks there is a great almost drone like quality to it too which nags away at ears and appetite just as potently as the band’s tenacious and united enterprise.

The similarly outstanding Duress Excess similarly provides an incessant tempting, its core lures buzzing at the senses as rhythms pounce and grooves bound ears in intoxicating almost toxic enticement. Caustic and corrosive in some ways, seductive and seriously arousing in just as many, the track is a controlled yet feverish slice of feral rock ‘n’ roll again proving irresistible to these ears.

The EP concludes with You See Me, a gentler and calmer consideration for the senses still bred in the band’s psych/shoegaze nurtured instincts. Though the song did not quite ignite the passions as its predecessors, with its melodic landscape lit with fuzzy sonic fires and set across a rugged rhythmic setting, the track only fascinated from start to finish.

Innadaze is a band which deserves checking out and their EP one which warrants keen attention. Given the chance it is hard to imagine either will incite anything else.

The Innadaze EP is out now.

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Pete RingMaster 29/02/2020

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