Keeping our virtual door open from our link up with Shauna of Shameless PR and the captivating band Ummagma earlier this month, another union is quickly upon us as another clutch of ear binding singles command attention.
With new album, Escalator, just released, Phoenix-based dream-electronic artist FLDPLN leads temptation and attention its way with the release of that offering’s title track as lead single. It is a warm and mesmeric but equally haunting slice of sound which draws the imagination into a dreamy world of intimation and radiance.
FLDPLN (“field-plan”) is the new solo project of Andrew Saks, former frontman of Southern California shoegaze band Sway, and the home for his electronic based dream pop exploration bred through synthesizers, vocals and layered saxophones. As the single shows, it is a sound embracing shoegaze essences and ambient suggestion.
The crystaline scenery of keys opens the song’s view with welcoming vocals confirming the flight of magnetism escaping the speakers. Billowing melodies and shimmering textures brew and surround Saks’ equally tranquil tones, they floating across the increasingly tantalising setting of electronic elegance and with the earthier flames of sax further lighting up the landscape and ambience of the track it all makes for rich captivation.
Similarly, the new single from Italian indie quartet, Bilbosa, is an immersion in atmospheric skies. Featuring Scotland-based Irish vocalist Lori Sky, Neon is a haunting piece of melodic rock bound in evocative ambience which suggests the bands new EP is a must exploration.
As the single, the Ayla EP has just been released via Seahorse Recordings and is the successor to the Genoa hailing band’s well-received 2020 debut album, Diamond Dust. Their fusion of indie pop and math rock has proved a captivating enticement which their new release more than echoes.
Formerly known as Lorraine McCauley, a debut solo EP led to Sky forming Lorraine McCauley & The Borderlands and an album in Light in the Darkest Corners which lit up the Scottish contemporary folk scene in 2012. From taking up an artist residency with La Banda di Piazza Caricamento in Genoa two years later, she collaborated with Bilbosa guitarist David Carroll which down the line has led to their union in Neon.
The song slowly dawns upon ears, its shimmer from a mere breath soon becomes an enveloping hug of melodic radiance which is as quickly soon around the captivating tones of Sky. As synths continue to caress and evoke, the track reveals its earthier stroll, rhythms a crisp draw and guitars an engaging jangle in that spirited gait.
Similarly Sky’s voice and words are an earth bound connect to the track’s celestial skies; the song poetic and elegant in its beauty and rousing in its infectiousness.
A thicker dreamscape experience comes with the new two-track single from Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist AMMO, a twin exposure of sonic eclipsing which beguiled as it fascinated.
A rock and roll photographer, musician and songwriter, AMMO has already left a potent mark on the imagination through previous projects such as Black Flamingo, Darklands and Tête and with her band Brass Box which released their album, The Cathedral, in 2019.
The first in a series of songs to be released from AMMO’s future debut LP, The Great Chaos, under her label Mourning Sun Records, Rose + Crown is a track co-produced and recorded with drummer, Alex Posell of their former band Black Flamingo. It is a song which like a breeze slips into view, bringing a more potent and lusty climate of incitement with it. AMMO’s warm tones soon wrap ears and imagination, her electronic prowess just as descriptive in melancholic intimation and hope bred reflection. It is a transfixing affair, ethereal verging on the other worldly emotionally and in temptation.
The bewitchingly haunting track is aligned to the darker heart of B-side Total Recall, a track honouring The Sound’s Adrian Borland, one of music’s most striking but relatively unrecognised songwriters who took his own life suffering from schizoaffective disorder and severe depression. It is a song originally released as part of Do You Feel That Way Too? A Tribute to The Sound, a charitable compilation on the Dune Altar label aimed at increasing awareness to mental health. Written by Borland, AMMO embraces that familiar bass born breath and dark shadowing woven by The Sound and weaves her own haunting drama and tempting to that core heart. Its keen but contemplative stroll is as rousing as it is invasive, every essence of the track a redolent probe of shadows inside life and heart.
Together the songs make for a compelling release and a suggestion that AMMO’s forthcoming first album will be one striking proposal.
Another artist with an EP recently uncaged is Irish psychedelic indie outfit Keeley. The Brave Warrior EP is quickly picking up eager plaudits and attention and further success is not hard to imagine going by lead single, The Glitter and the Glue. The track is a rousing slice of indie pop with a potent hint of seventies power and dream pop to its infectiousness and quickly proved its dexterity to get under the skin.
The band is fronted by vocalist/guitarist Keeley and includes Marty Canavan on keyboards, Martin Fagan on bass and Pete Duff on drums though single and new EP only credits producer Alan Maguire with keyboards and programming alongside the singer. They also embrace a conceptual thread in their music, one focusing on the 1988 murder in Northern Ireland of German tourist Inga Maria Hauser, which remains unsolved, an investigation conceived five years back by the front-woman and has also born a blog, The Keeley Chronicles, dedicated to and pursuing all aspects of the case.
The Glitter and the Glue reveals the rousing aspect to the band’s multi-faceted sound, immediately launching its rock ‘n’ roll virulence upon ears with senses winding hooks and an indie punk jangle. Equally Keeley’s vocals prove instantly captivating, their energy and catchiness a match for the ever growing web of psych teased sound and emotive drama within voice and word.
The track is a treat for ears and protagonist for thought upon its suggestion and exploration, one sparking an appetite to go explore.
Nordic vocalist Johanna Kuvaja released her new single this past couple of weeks or so too, Wanna Make Love To You, a seductive slice of pop with effervescent infectiousness.
It is a song which like many releases was completed and primed for release as the pandemic took its hold and was held back for times it could properly be supported. It is Kuvaja’s third single and follows debut track Shower and its successor Back For Good; songs which sparked comparisons to the likes of Sabrina, Katy Perry, Kylie Minogue, Christina Aguilera and Madonna.
A trained music teacher from Tampere, Finland who has a long history of collaborating with various renowned Finnish musicians, Kuvaja has a voice which radiates temptation and in Wanna Make Love To You, eagerly brews the lure of a track which backs up its title’s desire of seduction with suggestive melodic tempting and a breath to match.
It is a teasingly contagious affair, the kind of pop which gets under the skin and brings an instinctive sway to hips and imagination.
So that is the latest sweep of singles from the exploring arms of Shameless PR; we will keep that door open as we know in no time her relentless search will find new gems for us to share.
Escalator, single and album (digitally and on colour vinyl) are out now via Sillas Famosas; available @ https://fldpln.bandcamp.com/
Neon and the Ayla EP are both out now via Seahorse Recordings across online stores and streaming platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music.
Rose + Crown/Total Recall is out now via Mourning Sun Records; available @ https://musicbyammo.bandcamp.com/album/rose-crown
Both The Glitter and the Glue and the Brave Warrior EP are out now via Dimple Discs; available @ https://keeleysound.bandcamp.com/
Wanna Make Love To You is digitally out now across online music stores and streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.
Pete RingMaster 25/06/2021
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