Bernaccia – Growl Peace Belief

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Having followed with eagerness the progress of British band Bernaccia since the release of their debut EP in 2014, it has been a source of great enjoyment hearing the evolution in their striking sound. A proposition truly hard to pin down but openly flavoured by essences seeded in the likes of neo-psych rock, desert blues, and Eastern spices, the Newcastle band’s music has blossomed from the low key yet fully magnetic alternative/psych rock tempting of that first outing, the Cinema EP, to the rousingly haunting and spiritually anthemic soundscapes making up first album Growl Peace Belief. The nine track offering simply absorbs the senses, picking up the imagination with equal ease as tribal bred rhythms and melodic suggestiveness unite with harmonic flames and lyrical drama. It is one of those rare releases which comes and along and bewitches with aural alchemy; an album forcibly pushing the band to the fore of the UK rock scene.

Originally a quartet when forming in 2014 and more recently a quintet with the addition of vocalist Ellen Chetcuti’s charmed tones alongside the powerful delivery of vocalist/guitarist Jonny Noble, Bernaccia has increasingly drawn rich attention through a live presence taking in shows with the likes of Royal Blood, Lola Colt, Alabama 3, The Fall, Twisted Wheel, CUD, and Wolf People among many and releases like Cinema, its successor Light//-//Dark later that first year and singles such as Power To The Hills, Awake, and recently Angel. Each has revealed a new blossoming in the sound and imagination of the band, it all now coming to a head in the climactic Growl Peace Belief.

The album opens up with War Cry; a track emerging from an intriguing coastal sounding landscape as the listener is drawn by an exotic guitar melody with inviting tabla inspired beats courting the coaxing. Expanding its embrace with every passing second, an Echo and The Bunnymen feel caressing the imagination, Noble’s voice is the final pull into the shamanic bordering on erotic seducing of the senses. With the darker hues of Kieran Healy’s bass a brooding tone alongside the insistent repetition of Chris Cox’s drums, and the united roar of Noble and Chetcuti an inescapable engagement over their respective psyche entangling enterprise, the track is fiercely irresistible only imposing its persuasive weight further through the creative synth drama cast by Stew Falkous.

bernaccia_promo_photo_RingMasterReviewThe following Spiral is a slimmer proposal in terms of intensity, wrapping ears swiftly with an eighties synth pop welcome with just a touch of Bowie’s Heroes to it. As the synth bubbles and expels riveting mists of electronic enterprise into the air, guitar and bass begin weaving a tapestry of imagination which in turn seems to instigate a growing tempestuousness coming to a towering head as the vocalists expertly combine. Departing with the same masterful charm it started with, the song makes way for an equally thrilling proposal in Awake. Rhythms instantly trap attention with their tenacious dance, Chetcuti joining them with her firmly enticing voice backed by Noble soon after before the song drops into a mystique laden bellow of sound with the latter seizing ears as that shamanic prowess of the band again grips body and spirit. The imagination constantly has a field day with Bernaccia songs, this one like a flight across a cavernous and intimately spiritual soundscape.

Power To The Hills also provides eighties reminding hues, this time King Trigger with their similar rhythmic invention and Nick Cave through the song’s dark rock n’ roll graced theatre of word and tone suggested in thoughts. The track is another which builds dramatic crescendos which boldly ignite the senses, the build of melodic and rhythmic ingenuity leading to them just as rewarding and provocative as the fiery expulsions themselves.

As the ear enslaving captivation of Angel and the poppier shuffle of Vega come and go, band and album simply tighten their grip and further inflame an already discovered appetite for the Bernaccia invention. The first of the pair is arguably the least imposing of the band’s songs but just as virulent in its imagination and infectious psychedelically hued tempting while its successor has all the shadowy beauty and danger found in other songs but with a catchiness which infests the listener as a blues/psych flavouring similar to that conjured by My Baby arrests the imagination.

Every track within Growl Peace Belief is a treat with Murder one of the most thrilling next with its repetitive keys placed melody and volcanic intensity. Graced by another glorious vocal union between Noble and Chetcuti and the individual theatre of sound and suggestiveness crafted by all, the track is superb, it’s nagging quality alone manna for ears before Senorita consumes with its romancing Latin seduction and dramatic rhythms as keys and harmonies virtually swamp the senses.

Concluded by its invasively melodic and drama driven title track, another stunning pinnacle of the album deserving ears more than words to reflect its might, Growl Peace Belief is the realisation of the hard work, thick imagination, and spirited energy Bernaccia has spent and discovered these past two years. It is also the declaration of a band ready to have a big say on the British rock scene ahead.

Growl Peace Belief is out now and available through many online stores and @ https://bernaccia.bandcamp.com/

 

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Pete RingMaster 13/10/2016

 

The Eastern Swell – One Day, A Flood

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If one word had to be used to describe One Day, A Flood, the debut album from Scottish quartet The Eastern Swell, it has to be spellbinding. From the first listen the tapestry of genres which shape its songs catches the imagination but it is with subsequent listens that the real bewitchment blossoms. Inspired by and weaving together essences from the likes of progressive folk, experimental rock, and neo-psychedelia among numerous other flavours, The Eastern Swell combines poetic storytelling and melodic suggestiveness in one impressive captivation.

Edinburgh formed, The Eastern Swell emerged in 2014; the Anglo-Scottish foursome of guitarist/vocalist Chris Reeve, vocalist Lainie Urquhart, bassist/vocalist Neil Collman, and drummer Andy Glover first going by the name of Lainie & The Crows. With a well-received EP, name change, and the signing with excellent Scottish label Stereogram Recordings under their belts, the band set about creating their debut album with producer Pete Harvey (Modern Studies, Meursault, and King Creosote) in his own Pumpkinfield Studios. Themed by tales of “about vulnerability and the frailties of being human”, One Day, A Flood casts individual reflections linked by the underlying premise and a fluid movement from one song to another. Enjoyably working individually, the album’s tracks also impressively create a single experience which is just as potent, maybe even more so, taken in one listen. With self-admitted inspirations to the band, when creating One Day, A Flood, including the likes of Syd Barrett, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Fairport Convention, King Crimson, Pixies, Thee Oh Sees, Cat Power, and Gillian Welch, it is fair to say that the album is a rich collusion of styles and flavours honed into one kaleidoscope of imagination.

The album opens with the outstanding Rattling Bones, a track drenched in drama and emotive intensity. A sonic mist first encases ears, this quickly followed by a gloriously evocative riff soon joined by an equivalent lure from the bass. A sudden drop into a sombre air of melancholy with a dour but tempting melody, as the warm tones of Urquhart caresses ears and thoughts, then enjoyably wrong foots. Soon though, the track develops a lively stroll to its gait, marked by the bold roll of rhythms as provocative strings from guest Pete Harvey further toy with the imagination. The song is superb, a seamless patchwork of enterprise and creative hues setting the scene and character of the album.

the-eastern-swell-one-day-a-flood_RingMasterReviewWhat’s Done Is Done is next up; sharing the dark throated riffs and bass tone of its predecessor as essences of psychedelia and late sixties/early seventies melodic rock merge and the great blend of harmonies across Urquhart, Reeve, and Collman embrace. It oozes a seductive touch with every exotic sigh, warm surges and electric impulses uniting in a gentle but dynamic rousing of ears and spirit. The excellent proposition is followed and matched in temptation by 1000 Yard Stare where the vocal mix again grabs attention as they immediately cradle ears while psych and folk pop streams of enterprise kiss the imagination. Crescendos of lo fi intensity contrast and work perfectly with this golden glow of voice and melody, the compelling encounter almost tempestuous at times in its Wicker Man like climate and emotion.

The acoustic grace and warm melancholy of Temples is next, Urquhart’s voice uniting with the evocative strains of the cello before brighter guitar melodies and quaintly lit keys dance in ears. Its captivating low key proposal is echoed in the individually bold serenade of Muckish Mountain straight after before Too Little, Too Late reveals its own swing of rhythmic hips and melodic gaiety. Once more the fine and contrasting blend of male and female vocals seduces, a match emulated in the dark throes of the rhythms and radiant smile of guitars and keys. With a subsequent hook to lust after, the song is an intimate yet all-embracing festival of sound and energy providing another major highlight to One Day, A Flood.

The fuzzier air of Quick As A Whip makes a swift engaging between song and ears, harmonies and warm textures only reinforcing its potency before the album’s best moment arrives in the shape of Dancing Zombie Blues. Like a devilish concoction bred from The Dead Weather, Bird Blobs, and Old House Playground, the song rattles and rolls with gothic folk majesty, coming to an abrupt end from which a sonic wash brews and develops into closing enticement Run Down Country Palace. Its nature is of similar breeding though once its raw climate is set, the track’s electric veil parts for the reflective charms of vocals, strings, and a folk honed melodic appraisal. As all tracks though, things are never straight forward, The Eastern Swell creating tapestries that perpetually move and evolve.

Another reward provide is that One Day, A Flood never seems to stop growing in ears and imagination listen by listen, creating an adventure very easy to recommend from a band in The Eastern Swell that we will surely be hearing much more of ahead.

One Day, A Flood is out September 16th via Stereogram Recordings.

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Pete RingMaster 15/09/2016

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Lemonhaze – Mercury

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Continuing their ascent within the British underground towards broader cast spotlights, Scottish quartet Lemonhaze recently released new single Mercury. Pulsating and roaring with the blending of indie and alternative rock with Neo-psychedelia hues, the song shimmers like a sun breaking from dark emotive shadows to transfix and infect the senses.

In many ways, the single offers few surprises in that it is another slice of the rich and adventurous sound the Paisley band is already becoming renowned for. But as with all their releases to date, there is new freshness in air and character from that of its predecessors as Lemonhaze continue to push their songwriting and boundaries.

Formed late 2012/early 2013, Lemonhaze consists of Gerald Doran (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Steven Hillcoat (lead guitar and vocals), Jonny Adams (bass and vocals), and Jamie McLachlan (drums and percussion). Their first year saw the band become a keen supported live presence on the Glasgow music scene, its successor marked by the band expanding their presence and over time gracing venues such as Manchester Academy, King Tuts, Oran Mor, Maggie May’s and many more. The Say Goodbye to Felix EP of 2013 poked at even wider recognition which subsequent singles have only added their creative weight to. Now it is Mercury working its lively melodic charm with no doubt more success and attention waiting for the band through it.

Keys caress ears on the song’s first breath, guitars and rhythms leaping in on the third with the pulsating bassline of Adams especially vocal and inviting. Doran’s vocals equally have the kind of natural invitation to them which is hard to ignore, both rich elements enticing within the melodic smoulder of keys and the elegant jangle of the guitars. Those keys also bring a great eighties spice to the mix whilst the celestial harmonies which seduce throughout hold a hint of The Communards to them.

The track continues to busily provide a tapestry of textures and infectious enterprise, its eager stroll enticing feet and hips to get as involved as ears and imagination by the time of the song’s departure; to be honest well before it takes its leave.

Mercury is a song impossible not to take a real liking to, the kind of rock pop which even if their style is not someone’s prime cup of tea is likely to still get under the skin with craft and virulent temptation.

Mercury is out now @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/mercury-single/id1107635218

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Pete RingMaster 11/05/2016

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Ghosts Of Social Networks – Love Potion

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A dark seduction for the senses and a provocative adventure for the imagination, Love Potion is the debut single from UK band Ghosts Of Social Networks. It is not always easy to spark real attention with your first offering on unsuspecting ears, but the Manchester outfit certainly have no trouble with their magnetic fusion of post punk, indie rock, and neo-psychedelia.

Produced by Gavin Monaghan (Editors, Scott Matthews, Robert Plant, Paolo Nutini), the song is a dark tale of unrequited love and the use of alcohol as a way of getting close to someone. Embraced by a potent emotive exploration; its provocative narrative is more than match by thick waves of sultry and haunting sound which wash imposingly yet engagingly over the senses. With bold textures and lingering sonic caresses, the track openly bears the band’s inspirations from the likes of The National through to The Jesus & Mary Chain, with Echo & The Bunnymen the overriding scent especially when melodies and harmonies entangle and fuzzily smoulder in a fiery seduction. Despite those colours, the song reveals a distinct character belonging to the band, one which greedily enthrals as it sublimely slips into the psyche.

Love Potion is one half of an AA sided offering; its companion Mockingbirds, a similarly dark and provocative proposal looking at those imitating celebrity culture rather than carving out their own identity. The first side of the single is our first glimpse at Ghosts Of Social Networks though, providing a mystique soaked romancing of ears and imagination within a tempest of emotion and instinctive adventure from a band already suggesting they are going places.

Love Potion/Mockingbirds will be released digitally through all major sites May 6th on Integrity Records (INT 054).

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Pete RingMaster 22/03/2016

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