New Jamie Lenman single , ‘Mississippi’

I'm sorry, I don't know who took the OG picture. I think it's  Chris Baker.

I’m sorry, I don’t know who took the OG picture. I think it’s Chris Baker.

Just a quick one to let you all know you should listen to Jamie Lenman’s new song, Mississippi.

I would embed it here, but it won’t let me, so I’ll just link you here.

“I’m super excited for people to hear the new material,” he says, “and I’m looking forward to seeing folks in person throughout the year.” Thoughts? Absolutely, yes. And there’s potential tour dates coming up? Get in.

Listen to the song if you want something from Jamie that feels… sludgy? Let’s not label it and just say it’s a fun listen if you like rock music.

New Music Review – three way plane – A Waltz For Unity & Love / New Destination

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Band: three way plane
Single: A Waltz For Unity & Love / New Destination
Genre: Punk, alternative-rock
Social-media: Facebook/Twitter/Bandcamp/Soundcloud

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Turns out, Greece is a very large place, with lots of places I’ve never heard of, the band I’m looking at today, three way plane, are from another place I’ve never heard of, Αθήνα. So glad I don’t have a Youtube channel, or I’d have to try and pronounce that. These guys are a alternative-rock/punk outfit that have been together for a number of years now and have release a few EPs a full length and now this a single from an upcoming album (?). A Waltz For Unity & Love / New Destination was released on Christmas day of last year, so get festive again and give it a quick listen, afterall, it’s worth it.

This single, with two songs (I still find that strange, no matter how many times I see it), mixes things up in a number of exciting ways – the movements and versatility that three way plane cover in these two songs is actually rather impressive. A Waltz For Unity & Love moves through influences of psychedelic-rock with some quivering guitar, a hint of post-punk in the verses and some harder rock during the chorus. Stick all these together in the blender and you get a rather messy concoction of psychedelic-rock – when the guitar solo kicks in, everything gets very hazy and thick.

Although the song doesn’t take off in the way I’d like it to, there just seems to be something missing, it could be that the chorus seems oddly restrained.

New Destination felt like a mixture of surf-rock and some early punk bands – I’m thinking Red Hot Chilli Peppers mixed with Dead Kennedys? It was killer listening for the funky bass changes to pick-scrapes/chunky chorus. This song also sees the singer letting his hair down a bit more, which is what I think A Waltz For Unity & Love, needed. That being said, both songs are strong with the exotic and varied way they’re put together, so nothing ever feels dull – it’d just be nice to see these guys turn it up a bit more.

Final thoughts:

three way plane have release a fun single, where both tracks are just as great, without one or the other suffering due to the fact it’s just ‘the other less popular song on the single’. And the idea that these guys create their music through jamming and improve shines through here with their stimulating changes and fun sound. Watch out for the new album!

New Music Review – Western Jaguar – Council

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Artist: Western Jaguar
Song: Council
Genre: Indie-rock, alternative, singer-songwriter
Social-media: Facebook/Twitter/Soundcloud/Bandcamp

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Today, we have a cheeky look at a track from Indie-rock/alternative musical act, Western Jaguar (make sure you type Western Jaguar Band if you ever want to find him on google). The mind behind Western Jaguar is Canadian, Jeffrey Trainor, and I’ve had the pleasure of grabbing a sneak peak at the track the opening track, Council from his upcoming release Wayfarer, set to drop on March 26th. Council is due for release, by itself on the 15th of January from Trainor’s Bandcamp page, see above, as usual.

The track itself seems much more prominent than previous releases – Glacia (previous album) for example, sounded rather lofi, which worked for it, but with what I’ve heard on Council, everything has been brought forward to be given more emphasis on everything. Hopefully it will be as bright as heard on Glacia.

Whilst the majority of the song is rather sedate thanks to some gentle guitar pickings and deep drum thumps, things do pick up rather quickly with some punchy drumming and fiddly guitar. There’s bass there too, but you know, it’s just there. All add to an intensifying feeling of desperation that the vocals provide.  Everything does feel very cold as well, though, that could be owing to where it was made (I’m told Canada is very cold sometimes).

It all feels smooth everything fits together well as the song evolves. And it all feels especially smooth with all the little details in the sound of the instrumentation – everything feels polished to a personal standard, which means a good standard, but not one that feels sterilised. Vocal performance from Mr Trainor suits the musical style and the lyrics that I think people can relate to. As a whole, vocals and lyrics are very accessible, which is what I think makes this song particularly effective, especially when it gets to the outro final ‘Ohhhh, where do we go?’

Council is a great, atmospheric track that can send chills down your spine with its sound and relaxed vocal stylings. I’m definitely looking forward to hearing more of Western Jaguar’s upcoming album, so mark the 26th of March down if this music agrees with you and grab a copy of Wayfarer.

Swinging Mama Moonshine Preview Single

Sisters available on the 30th of January

Mama Moonshine are a bluesy, funky foursome from London that take influences from a variety of influences ranging from Red Hot Chilli Peppers to Ella Fitzgerald and it shows. The band is preparing to release their new single, on the 30th of January, called Sisters.

The band have actually already received a few words of encouragement from Tune Yards and Little Dragon – Yukimi Nagano, from Little Dragon, had this to say: ‘Had a listen to your music. You have a great voice! Keep writing songs 🙂 and have a blast in the studio!! Lots of luv Yukimi.’ So it’s good to see that these lot have got a sound worth noting, at least by Nagano, but how does it what do I think?

Sisters is rather groovy and I think it does set the right tone for what Mama Moonshine are all about. There’s plenty of funky bass and beats from the percussion to keep you jiving along and the guitar does a rather sweet job of adding some bright and warm textures to the song, especially as the song progresses – the guitar gets slightly more rampant. You can almost imagine listening to Sisters on a large boat somewhere in the Mississippi while the song gets thicker and you dance harder, if a little bit clumsily.

The vocals are very Caro Emerald/Ella Fitzgerald and the lyrics themselves are relatively straightforward, which is cool, because who wants to have to contemplate the meaning of life while jiving? Both the vocals and lyrics demonstrate a great sense of confidence in singer, Ruth Armitt, and her strong performance with an already tight sounding band – an absolute pleasure to see live, I’m sure.

But yeah, this is a funky track that I really like, I recommend you keep an eye on the band and if you like what you’ve heard today, maybe you should check out the Sisters single on the 30th of January. If you want to keep track, follow the usual suspects:

www.mamamoonshine.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mamamoonshinemusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mama_moonshine

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/mama-moonshine

Witchingseason Release New Single ‘Codeine’

Debut EP to be released at the end of November

Witchingseason are a post-grunge act that I’ve featured before and are planning to release their first EP soon. Before that though, they’ve released another single titled Codeine. This track is much longer than the previously featured Spiders, but more or less features a similar grunge vibe that slides between Nirvana and Queens of The Stone Age, at least on this song it does. The guitar sounds suitably bleak and thick with the bass, while the drums all sound fiery and as usual, singer, Tom Reynolds hits all the right grunge spots.

The interlude that occurs about five minutes in is a nice change in pace, but I feel is somewhat unfulfilled and could be drawn out in a different direction, just to make the stab of snarly guitar at the end that little bit more striking. When said snarly guitar does come in, the drums really go for it here as well which sounds top, which also reminds me of a problem I had with these guys last time – the instruments all just mold together at some points in Spiders, but here there seems to be more distinction. The bass can be heard grooving away in the background and the drums have some fantastic parts.

I can only hope that this transfers over, more so in fact, into Witchingseason’s EP. There will be a review next week, hopefully. Probably.

So stay tuned, this is not over.

New Music Review – Synapse Lens – Laughing

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Artist: Synapse Lens
Single: Laughing
Genre: Shoegaze, indie-rock, dream-pop
Social-media: Facebook/Bandcamp

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Synapse Lens is the solo project of former Limerent Dance Machine vocalist, Joseph Moore and recently, he put out his first solo single, Laughing and Whitewater (Reach for the Gun.) Moore is aiming to get a physical release out for the single and also wants to have a full-length out by late December. So if you like what you hear, stay tuned and you might get a surprise come December.

Synapse Lens has a very easy to identify dream-pop/shoegaze/indie-rock (maybe not so easy to identify) sound that utilises lots of nicely textured rhythm and lead guitar. Although the guitar isn’t balls to the wall loud in the same way that might remind you of My Bloody Valentine, it still has a consistent presence about it.

The lead single, Laughing, is a nicely mixed little number that works well enough, but does feel as if something is missing from it. I think it could be that I think there should be a more driving beat behind it – The guitars are very forward in this track and the drums feel really quiet when compared to the vocals and guitar here. The bass still sounds rather thick, but could be brought forward a little bit.

Oddly enough, the drums feel much more present (sometimes) in the second track Whitewater and although they’re relatively simple, I’m still very much aware of them. Mentioning the drums over the guitar, does feel counter-productive, since there are some great and creative uses of the guitar here and on Laughing. Like the really chunky guitar you hear playing in the background at times – The tone sounds quite crazy in these parts and that’s cool, it breaks up the already pleasant and varied guitar tones.

It’s nice to see that Synapse Lens is using these little subtleties sparingly – The chimes (?) during the intro of Laughing, are a genuinely sweet little touch that I really appreciated. Not so subtle, the heavily effected outro of Whitewater is also great fun to listen to and can, sometimes, feel quite intense. Although I do think some more drum work could really build up these tracks and give them that extra bit of energy.

In terms of the vocals here, I think they suit the music well enough; they don’t seem to be particularly extraordinary, but the vocals do the job just fine. On Whitewater, you can hear Moore pushing his vocals that little bit further, especially on the ‘Reach for the gun!’ lyric, which is marvellous – I’d be interested to see more of that in the future, especially since he seems to have all the guitar work down to a well-rounded tee.

Final Notes:

I enjoyed Synapse Lens’ Laughing and Whitewater, both tracks are strong, although could be made stronger with some remarkable drums at the front with the rest of the instrumentation. The guitar work and nuances from little bits and bobs on the tracks make these tracks worth listening to several times, loudly, with headphones, just so you can take in all of that texture and such.

If you liked what you heard, keep an eye out for a full-length release at the end of December.

Gaze Is Ghost Reveals New Video

Accompanies New AA-Side Single

Gaze Is Ghost is a Northen Irish composer-songwriter that has put out her new AA-single side single, (lots of sibilance there) Revolvere / Murmuration. The video for Revolvere was created by a surrealist photographer Karl Dmitri Bishop, so expect some eerie and peculiar imagery.

The video compliments the song magically: the slow black and white images mesh wonderfully with the melodramatic instrumentation and vocals that Gaze Is Ghost mastermind, Laura McGarrigle, provides.

Revolvere is a slow dreary track with some lush sounds that, whilst they do serve their purpose, lack any colour. In this one instant, its fine, but I feel like a whole album of this could grate on my nerves, unless something impressive and not so blank comes along.

Thankfully, the second track, Murmuration, has more vocal melodies on offer and sounds more interesting, to me at least. It’s shorter and more stripped back than Revolvere, but at this length, the song doesn’t over-step its welcome and become boring.

Both tracks are nice, but in terms of a whole album, I’d need more musical sustenance. I mean, there need to be some major moments to counter-act the minor moments. If you like what you’ve heard, you can buy the double a-side from Bandcamp – it’s a name your price release, so have at it.