With ever lingering thanks to Shauna (Ummagma) of Shameless PR, we get to contemplate another host of fresh tracks to try and tempt and share the most ear grabbing treats within them with you.
First up is So Few Have So Much, the new single from NYC-based producer/musician Charlie Nieland. It is the second track taken from his forthcoming new album, Divisions scheduled for released early 2021, and a sure fire lure to anticipation for that thicker encounter
Famed for his part of power dream popsters Her Vanished Grace for over 20 years and currently one half of the literature-inspired songwriting and performing duo Lusterlit with Susan Hwang, Nieland has had ears gripped as firmly with his solo creativity and So Few Have So Much is a prize example. The song is a fusion of dream pop and indie rock but equally has tinges of post punk and progressive rock to tempt and enthral.
The track immediately jangles on the senses but with a warmth and infectiousness which swiftly is under the skin. Tangy melodies and crisply energetic rhythms courtesy of Billy Loose unite around the just as magnetic tones of Nieland, a union providing a friendship as familiar as it is unique with ears. With the celestial harmonies of Hwang joining the temptation, the song effortlessly seduced and sublimely aroused.
Its release is accompanied by the video or its predecessor and album title track, Divisions itself a track which forges an eager anticipation for the album’s release but with a singular post punk seeded heart amid shadow wrapped drama which too is a web of styles and textural invention; it all soaked in tempestuous tension which never fully erupts but taunts throughout. Both tracks gripped and pleasured meaning that album cannot come soon enough.
With new EP, Say Goodbye To The Light luring keen attention, the latest single from Thrillsville springs all the temptation needed to go explore. The Fever is a virulent contagion of dark electro rock with the theatre of imagination and enterprise we have kind of come to expect from its creator.
Thrillsville is the solo project of LA-based composer/producer Rani Sharone who is also part of one of our favourite bands here, Stolen Babies, and has collaborated and performed with the likes of Puscifer and Marilyn Manson. His sound is a web of electronic, industrial and goth rock woven into a tapestry of synth and electro pop. As the new EP proves it is a compelling and contagious proposition no better epitomised than in The Fever.
Inspired by a 1960’s episode of the Twilight Zone, the single immediately surrounds ears in dark drama, crepuscular electronic suggestion gathering until erupting in an infectiously controlled stroll as manipulative as the growing tapestry of intimation loaded sounds around it. It is something akin to a fusion of Nine Inch Nails, Celldweller, The Mission and Depeche Mode but boldly individual in its character and temptation.
With Dominique Lenore Persi (Stolen Babies) a melodic siren in the mysterious depths of the song, The Fever proved a compelling rapture.
As a new anthology album, titled Collection, begins its rich tempting of fans and newcomers alike, indie psych rock outfit Tombstones in Their Eyes offer the richest lure with its lead single I Can’t See The Light. The track is a hazy, shadow wrapped slice of seduction epitomising the evocative sound of the band which has continually drawn ears and imagination since the first days of the Los Angeles hailing band.
Collection sees the trio of John Treanor (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Stephen Striegel (drums, percussion) and Josh Drew (bass) pull selected songs from debut album, Sleep Forever, through subsequent EPs, standalone singles. Each has been re-mastered and some re-mixed with many being released on vinyl for the first time for the release and fair to say that I Can’t See The Light is one of its most compelling highlights.
The song instantly imposes its rhythmic touch and suggestive character upon the senses, sauntering almost marching through ears until gripping their attention and evolving into a mellower fuzzy breeze. Yet tempestuousness lays in its depths, brewing intimation loaded drama throughout the track as vocals and guitar conjure an equally mercurial dreamy serenade.
Layered with Spacemen 3 meets My Bloody Valentine essences, I Can’t See The Light is an echo of the prowess and evolution within the Tombstones in Their Eyes sound and bearer of the rich qualities which brought thick acclaim the way of last album, Maybe Someday, eager praise already gathering around Collection.
December 4th saw Illuminate, the new album from indie pop dreamwave duo Magic Wands, released with another of its captivating tracks unveiled as a temptation soaked single. Blue Cherry joins Angel Dust and Cyan Blue as a radiant lure to that bigger outing and like its companions left ears and imagination enraptured with relative ease.
Consisting of Chris and Dexy Valentine, Los Angeles / Nashville hailing Magic Wands create their uniquely bred dream pop from a myriad of “British and European new wave, post punk and 80’s pop music with a futurist flare” influences and it is a kaleidoscopic adventure of sound and imagination which not only embodies their album but the body of Blue Cherry itself.
Within seconds of its first rhythmic pulse, nagging electronics and dreamy melodies wrap the senses, radiance and elegance seeping from every note as too the vocals soon coaxing keen attention. Even so there is inherent drama in its depths which rises up as guitars weave their suggestive strands within the dream pop landscape sculpted by keys.
Blue Cherry is romance and intrigue woven into one captivating siren call of a song with a sound just as dramatically provocative; all reasons to go haunt Illuminate.
This past November saw the new album from Fred Abong released along new single Invisible Man, a resonating acoustic incitement which echoes the potent prowess within Our Mother of Perpetual Help.
Throwing Muses bassist during the band’s Real Ramona period, Abong has forged a solo presence which demands attention and has lured references to the likes of Elliott Smith, Bob Dylan, the Replacements, and Leonard Cohen. It has uniqueness though which stands alone and in no better temptation than within Invisible Man.
The song is dark and intense in its minimalistic but dramatic presence, his gnarly bass immediately gripping ears and feeding an inherent appetite for the drama the instrument can produce. Guitars are just as cloudy in their air and provocative in their touch to compliment the similarly earthy melancholy thick tones.
Invisible Man is a song which has grown in persuasion and addiction by the listen, one which will not suit all tastes but will, like the album, make you pay attention.
To complete this selection of releases to inspire your exploration is One Shot the new single from singer-songwriter Madisyn Whajne. It too is a teaser for a larger body of temptation; in this case the debut album from the Canadian rocker, and a song which had us bouncing in pleasure and intrigue for that December 11th released full-length.
Toronto-based, Whajne uncages a sound which is as pop as it is punk, as power pop as it is melodic rock and thick in rousing energy and just as tenacious temptation. Imagine a mix of The Primitives and The Vaccines with plenty more besides and you get a flavoursome clue to both One Shot and indeed the larger Save Our Hearts.
From its first throes of guitar, One Shot has ears fully attentive, the swiftly emerging catchiness of the song taking care of the body whilst Whajne’s captivating vocals caught the imagination. There is a great rock ‘n’ roll earthiness to the song which aligns perfectly with its pop instincts, an eighties/nineties spicing adding to its ballsy yet warmly radiant enticement.
Not quite teasing the three minute mark, One Shot is short, tasty and irresistible bait to the adventure waiting within Save Our Hearts.
So Few Have So Much is available now.
The Fever and the Say Goodbye to the Light EP are out now: available @ https://itsthrillsville.bandcamp.com/
I Can’t See The Light and Collection are available now through Somewherecold Records, the latter digitally and on vinyl and CD @ https://tombstonesswc.bandcamp.com/album/maybe-someday
Blue Cherry and Illuminate are out now via Feline Records, available @ https://magic-wands.bandcamp.com/album/illuminate-2
Both Invisible Man and Our Mother of Perpetual Help are out now; available @ https://fredabong.bandcamp.com/
One Shot is out now with Save Our Hearts released December 11th through Summer Love Records; available @ https://madisynwhajne.bandcamp.com/releases
Pete RingMaster 11/12/2020