Continuing to tease and light up our ears Shameless PR have sent over another collection of tracks to take a reviewing lick at and we present to you the most compelling of the bunch.
My Nature is a compelling blend of sinister seduction and menacing atmospheric intimation; it is also the latest single from Atlanta-based indie pop duo I Am a Rocketship and the lead track off of their fascinating new album Ghost Stories. It is a song which creeps into the psyche whilst manipulating the body with its infectious grooves and one which suggests indeed demands that the band’s bigger offering should be explored.
I Am a Rocketship unites the craft and imaginations of multi-instrumentalist Eric Weissinger and vocalist/cellist L E Kippner of Swedish synth-pop duo Neobox. From a chance meeting the pair formed Hitchcock Blondes before relocating to Atlanta and creating I Am a Rocketship. Their sound is a kaleidoscope of flavours woven into indie pop bred adventures but songs unafraid to venture through shadows and experimentation embracing electronica and rock instincts among other flavours.
My Nature is a perfect yet individual example of their imagination and the new album, the song immediately haunting ears through Kippner’s captivating tones which are quickly stalked by dark nasally guitar grooves. The riveting just as tenebrific bassline and the teasing touch of keys only add to the evolving temptation with lays across magnetic rhythms; it all proving pure captivation in swift time with its creative flirtation reeking danger and fascination as the song lights the way to easily imagining further rich adventures within Ghost Stories.
Similarly and equally potent in experimentation is the new single from legendary producer Martin Bisi. A fascinating slice of Avant rock, Let It Fall is a dense and compelling encounter bred on unpredictability and relishing the myriad of flavours and styles which inspire that wonderfully erratic but skilfully crafted landscape of ideation.
The track is taken from Solstice, the first solo record in five years from Bisi and his sixth such album within a career working with the eclectic likes of Brian Eno, Bill Laswell, Sonic Youth, Swans, John Zorn, Herbie Hancock, Helmet, Africa Bambaataa, Dresden Dolls, Unsane, Cop Shoot Cop, Human Impact and countless others.
Let It Fall barely shares a single breath before the richness and thickness of its mercurial instincts and sound is apparent and enthralling ears. It is not easy to fully suggest the character and voice of the song but it is one bound in the keen essences of rock, jazz, noise, classical, and art rock and more besides. It too is a fusion of menace, disturbance and contagion; haunting the senses and inspiring the imagination whilst savouring the soprano vocals of Amanda White and Genevieve Fernworthy’s electric viola alongside the baritone guitar of Diego Ferri, the dictating rhythms of Oliver Rivera-Drew and Bisi’s alluring touch in vocals and guitar. Let It Fall was soon a track impossible to ignore; one also urging an appetite to explore its main source.
Contrasting the darker hues of the previous two is the new single from San Francisco electronic outfit Nikavo. Yummy Miami is a warm and inviting piece of electronic infection with its techno nurtured pop and catchy disco bred instincts to the fore though it too offers a sound lined with an adventure and dare we say eccentricity akin to that found within the songs already covered.
Nikavo is a musical union of producers Philip Winiger and Alexey Laduda; a pair whose respective informative musical years, the former embracing a love of the German electronic music scene and being part of industrial/ EBM outfit INHALT and the latter growing up “in the rigid, yet highly creative, post-Soviet space, playing the guitar and singing”, has found a uniting passion for dance music and analogue audio synthesis. It has resulted in a project and sound which has a broad smile to its presence and an almost mischievous instinct to experiment and explore.
Yummy Miami simply hugs the senses with its fun and lively spirit, sparking a dance in the step as it strolls through a melodic breeze. Equally vocals and synths are pure infectiousness matched in persuasion by the rousing skip of rhythms and the heated wiring of guitars. That mentioned irregularity in sound is maybe not as apparent here but certainly at enthralling strength within the single’s B-side, No TV; a track bred through a more darkwave/industrial leaning and no less absorbing.
As the band celebrate the 30-year anniversary of their highly acclaimed debut album, Sweden’s celebrated 90s indie rock darlings Easy unveil new album Radical Innocence soon and comes preceded by a couple of melodic flames posing as singles to draw ears like moths.
Since the release of that first full-length, Magic Seed, Easy has frequently toured Britain and Europe and released a host of acclaim luring records; the previous two as their new offering via A Turntable Friend Records. It is a career interrupted by the band suddenly disbanding in 1994 as members explored other projects but since returning in 2010, with the original line-up of Johan Holmlund (vocals), Rikard Jormin (bass), Tommy Dannefjord (drums), Tommy Ericson and Anders Peterson (guitars), the band has found an ever greater potency in their sound and writing.
The singles, Crystal Wave and the just come out Day For Night, present the melodic jangles and lively textures which make up the band’s sound and new album, the first an animated stroll bound in warm keys, infectious hooks, and a catchy almost eighties pop nurtured breath which swiftly got under the skin. Its successor equally had attention quickly hooked, its rhythmic lure irresistible and a persistent lure into the emotive embrace and infectious enterprise waiting to further tempt. Both tracks remind a little of The Mighty Lemon Drops which does neither any harm, both firmly stamp their individuality on eager ears.
With their new album, Coniphers, scheduled for release May 22nd, US rockers Lazaris Pit uncage their new single You Don’t Tag Me In Memes Anymore to also provide a ripe teaser to whet the appetite. The track is a boisterous slice of funk dipped indie rock with an almost rebellious lining of punk rock, the kind of song which inspires a want to know and hear more.
The Raleigh-based outfit formed in 2017 and consists of Ely “Salted Sweet Cream” Yarbrough (guitar and lead vocals), Cameron “Sugarfoot” Preston (bass) and Jon “Dok Tok” Castro (drums and backing vocals). As we suggested their sound is a mix of varied flavours which at certain times also employs essences of funk, soul, psychedelia, reggae, jazz, noise, and ambience in songs as individual to another as you can imagine, a trait epitomised by the feral exploits of Cloudsculpting, the B-side to You Don’t Tag Me In Memes Anymore, and a song with a Everclear breath to its volatile and mercurial reggae and pop punk saunter.
The A-side entices a bit of blues guitar flaming to its rock ‘n’ roll, a poppier rock and that punk instinct uniting in a tenacious and rousing stroll. It also has a great garage rock like rawness to its breath which only increases the magnetism; You Don’t Tag Me In Memes Anymore leaving a lasting mark on ears and intrigue for the upcoming Coniphers.
Another artist entrapping attention with a couple of singles before a larger temptation is Rome-based electro indie pop project Ender Bender. May 1st sees the EQ EP released and providing bold lures for its release are the singles Star Killer and Honey Lavender Girl.
Ender Bender is the solo project of Eddie Olguin, a multi-instrumentalist producer now based in Rome having relocated from LA in a “life-changing move”; a move saving him from self destruction and inspiration to the themes within the EQ EP.
Star Killer swiftly shows itself as a spirited and positive slice of electro rock, every move it makes an eagerly catchy incitement and each melody an invasive contagion drawing out the inner swing in us all. With the spellbinding backing vocals of Roberta Ovatta just as winning as the sounds surrounding them, the song infested ears and body with ease; success replicated by Honey Lavender Girl as it embraced a more indie pop identity. Again Ovatta and Olguin vocally unite with charm and enterprise as guitars and keys weave a fresh side to the Ender Bender sound.
Both songs only lead to one thought, to dance with the EQ EP, job done.
Finally we have new temptations from Beauty in Chaos, the creative project of guitarist Michael Ciravolo (Human Drama, Michael Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel) which sees him link up with a rich host of musicians song by song. With new album, The Storm Before The Calm, due May 22nd via LA-based label 33.3 Music Collective, a trio of singles have raised the keenest of anticipation of its release.
Following The Delicate Balance of All Things which featured The Mission frontman Wayne Hussey, Beauty in Chaos set free the Curse Mackey (Pigface, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Evil Mothers) guesting A Kind Cruelty recently and is now followed by Almost Pure which finds Steven Seibold (Hate Dept., Pigface) alongside Ciravolo.
A Kind Cruelty rises up on a sonic breeze, bass and guitar conjuring rich intimation as the song grows and expands its intrigue. Hitting its full stride, melodies entice and hooks tease, a resonating bassline enslaving at the core. The track quickly proved a thick slab of magnetic melodic rock, every moment capturing the imagination just as its darker shadows and the vocal prowess of Mackey and indeed just as ably as its successor as a single, Almost Pure. Gothic light immediately soaks ears as the song unveils its presence, an eighties dark rock scent escalating the tempting quickly at play; indeed there is a touch of The Mission to the track at times which only thickened that potency.
Both songs epitomise the diversity and imagination which fuelled previous album Finding Beauty in Chaos and we now expect to breed rich adventures within the forthcoming The Storm Before The Calm.
Ghost Stories is now available everywhere digitally, including Spotify, as well as on CD, via the band’s own My Long Wknd imprint. It can be ordered directly from the artist via https://iamarocketship.bandcamp.com/.
Martin Bisi’s Let It Fall is out via Bronson Recordings as too the album Solstice; available digitally across key online stores and online streaming platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music.
Yummy Miami from Nikavo is out now.
The Easy singles are available now with Radical Innocence released through A Turntable Friend Records on 1st May.
Lazaris Pit has You Don’t Tag Me in Memes Anymore available everywhere digitally, including Spotify and Apple Music now with the Coniphers album out on May 22nd.
As of May 1st, the EQ EP will be available across online stores and streaming platforms, including Spotify and Bandcamp.
The Storm Before The Calm will be released on CD and digitally on May 22nd with a later release date to be announced for the vinyl editions. These include a 180g vinyl (including a black numbered limited edition and a black & blue duo-tone). Pre-orders come with an immediate download of A Kind Cruelty and the full digital release on May 22nd includes a 25+ minute title opus that does not appear on the vinyl version. The Storm Before The Calm can be ordered here. https://www.beautyinchaosmusic.com/music-store
Pete RingMaster 02/05/2020
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