Review: Winter Gardens – Tapestry.

Tapestry-Front copy.pngWinter Gardens this week release their debut EP, Tapestry through their own label Austerity Records. A beautiful record that brings elements of Dream Pop and Shoegaze this band for me when I heard about them, I had to hear and I had to share. You can give a listen to ‘Tapestry’ now via YouTube here.

The melodies are really captivating. Melodies that spiral in combination with subtle drumwork make for an excellent introduction to the sound of this band and certainly pull you in from the start, the title track ‘Tapestry’ really making it clear the talent this band have. The melodic quality continues on tracks such as ‘Laminar Flow Pt. 1’ where that talent for creating incredible sounds continues to be made clear.

Ananda Howard’s vocals throughout this record is truly ethereal. Highlighted on intro track Tapestry, they harmonise with the sound being created throughout, the lyricism powerful with the strong melodies that have been created. However I really feel its accentuated on closing track ‘Wonders Bleak’ where the incredible melodies partner with her vocals in an incredible way and it makes for dramatic listening.

A beautiful record that delivers unique and ethereal sounds, Tapestry certainly makes for a dreamy listen that takes you to a whole new space and time. If you want something to take you somewhere else, this is the record for you.



Review: Wilmette – Self Titled.

This week sees the release of the new EP from Wilmette via Mutant League Records. Made with Seth Henderson, whose worked with the likes of Knuckle Puck and Real Friends, this band certainly have the talent to create something great and on their new self – titled they certainly do. You can stream ‘Alchemy’ via YouTube now here.

Coming in to this record with an impact the size of a meteorite strike, this band certainly really bring it on every song. ‘Adderall’ is a huge song with powerful drums with perfect timing and riffs that build this song into something more, with bouncy energy that pushes this song to a whole new level. This track followed by ‘Too Close to Closure’ highlight this band’s talent for powerful melodies that just hit you full force in every moment of the record.
To match the intensity of the melodies, the band deliver incredible vocals and screaming tones that you would expect from Hardcore. Raw, brutal vocals combined with a good singing vocal that makes for a great combination – tracks such as ‘Adderall’ are great examples of this with a big chorus that delivers on this song but also on tracks such as ‘Alchemy’ where the band deliver one of the highlights on this record.

A fantastic EP, Wilmette really come through on their self titled with powerful melodies that work with the combination vocals brilliantly throughout the whole record. Definitely check out ‘Alchemy’ and ‘Adderall’ you’ll regret not doing so.

Review: The Neptunes – Mermaid A Go Go.

After a long break, this week sees the return of The Neptunas. Releasing ‘Mermaid A Go-Go’ on Friday via Altered State Of Reverb, the band have worked with With Daddy-O Grande from Los Straitjackets to make a record that is just such a fabulous listen from beginning to end. You can give a listen to some of the band’s work now through Youtube here.

It’s very hard to ignore, in fact impossible to ignore just how groovy this record is. Packed with bops from beginning to end, this band use guitars with such genius throughout this record allowing for every song to be something you move along to no matter where you are, for me, my kitchen table. In there with the guitars are fantastic drum beats that keep incredible beats that entwine through these tracks and make you forget your job is meant to be writing a review.

Great instrumental pieces abound, but where this band deliver vocals, they deliver infectious choruses and catchy hooks. ‘Secrets Of The Sea’ and ‘Shark Tooth Necklace’ are great examples of this as the band may keep it simple lyrically in moments, but really deliver songs that live no one is going to be able to stop themselves getting involved with.

Fun, funky and groovy for every minute of it, The Neptunas make a record that is light and brilliant in every second – these songs are definitely going on my playlists when release day comes, there’s no way you can’t like this record as this band deliver sea-themed rock tunes to incredible melodies.

(I also really like their mermaid themed wardrobe, those dresses are cool!).

Review: Loose Fit – Self Titled EP.

 

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Loose Fit last week released their self titled record through FatCat Records. Taking hints and echoes from musicians as wide spread as Bush Tetras, Maximum Joy and B-52s, this is a band with an eclectic sound and needs to be heard to be taken in, in all its glory. ‘Black Water’ from the record can be heard here

A random assortment of sounds that work together, Loose Fit is a name, but also a sound and that sound is amazing on this record. ‘Reflux’ shouldn’t work as well as it does – what sounds like a horn, drums and a cool riff that gives this track bounce makes for such a trio of incredible noises and it just pops on this EP.  ‘Pretty much as soon as I heard this song it went on my playlist’ levels of good. 

In combination with these what I think to be kinda ‘funky’ but with an edge melodies, are some incredible vocals. The way she uses her voice with these songs, changing tone throughout and delivery every word with such brilliance. ‘Black Water’ is a great example of that talent with soft high notes that indulge your ears then using a deeper tone to deliver that hook. It’s used as another instrument on this record and it is used so incredibly well. 

A superb record from start to finish, just go and listen. Catchy moments, infectious melodies, brilliant sounds, this band have it all and have it with abundance. 

 

Review: Yakima – Go Virtually EP.

 

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Last week saw the release of the debut record from Yakima, Go Virtually. A band packed with promise, Yakima makes that abundantly clear on their new record moving from singles into a solid and consistently brilliant EP that shines a light on their well-crafted melodies and brilliant vocals. Check out their bandcamp now here

How do I explain the sound of Yakima? With elements of Pop, Rock and Indie, this band create a woozy and winding sound throughout their record, using melodies in ways that make for incredible listening. Tracks such as ‘Judy’s Lament’ are hazy, lush and brilliant as the guitars blend with the subtleties of the drums and sounds to make for a perfect song. 

With these melodies, the band command your attention through vocals that entwine delicately with their perfectly made melodies. Harmonious throughout, the vocals are great and with melancholic and thoughtful lyricism that works with the sound of the record so well. Tracks such as ‘Thanks’ and ‘Sheep Boy, Cry Man’ – which is the most sombre of these tracks makes for a hard-hitting and brilliant listen that captures your attention. 

A brilliant record that highlights this band’s astonishing power for creating powerful songs that just enable each musician to stand out, Yakima debut here with a record that sets their standard so high – to think this band are at the beginning with something as good as this is almost unbelievable, but hearing the singles, it’s no shock at all. Give it a listen as soon as possible, you will not regret it. 

 

Review: TULIP – High Strangeness.

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Recently releasing their new album ‘High Strangeness’, TULIP on their new album create something that weaves and works together throughout. This female fronted Symphonic Groove Metal band have on their new album blended together a collection of songs that highlight their talent for atmospheric but heavy sounds. You can listen to the album now through Brave Words here

This band’s vocalist is a powerhouse. A voice that projects with full power on every song, TULIP here lead with force. Incredible high notes that weave into the melodies on such songs as ‘Deep State’ and raw and aggressive on others such as ‘Transfiguration’, this band truly use that powerful vocal perfectly throughout this album and in combination with this band’s high standard with melodies it makes for a partnership that works throughout this record.

This album is certainly reminiscent of the genre, but that doesn’t stop it being a thunderous sound. Awesome riffs that pack a punch throughout and drums that ramp up these songs to another level, TULIP are not a band without its magic when it comes to creating a sound so big, you need a stadium to hold it all in. This is especially clear on tracks such as ‘The Inner Light’ which starts light but crunches down into a track with awesome melodies and huge drums that makes for such a great listen on this record. 

A powerful album that makes clear what this band can do, TULIP are a band hard to ignore. 

Review: First Responder – Courage.

Released on the 13th, ‘Courage’ is the new record from First Responder. The follow-up to 2016’s In My Dreams My Windows Faced West, First Responder took a hiatus leaving Courage half finished but with new bassist Collin Geddis (guitarist Cameron Carr and drummer Zayn Dweik round out the band), a couple fresh songs, and some updated arrangements Courage came to life and what a life it is.

If there is anything you notice on this record, it must be Mollenkopf’s incredible vocal. Operatic and lilting throughout, this singer’s vocals are stunning throughout this album. Soft tones on tracks such as ‘Birds Of Prey’ and ‘Dog Days’ make for powerful listens and throughout this record her voice delivers beautiful, heartfelt lyricism that just makes for such an incredible pairing. 

In partnership with these glorious vocals are some just as equally glorious melodies. ‘Dog Days’ is a good example of this too as the melody and vocal work in perfect harmony, and tracks such as ‘Dreams Of Dancing’ continue that theme, with a brilliant vocal tone with easy guitar melodies and cool beat entertwining to make for a beautiful song on this album – everything just shines throughout this record, the band working together to create something that highlights their incredible talemt. 

A beautiful record, ‘Courage’ is an album crafted to such a high standard and if you have been waiting for more from this band, it sure is well worth the wait. Stunning vocals and brilliant melodies, go listen to this masterpiece of melodic musings!

Review: The Wants – Container.

FriThe Wants - Container album packshot.jpgday sees the release of the new album from The Wants, ‘Container’ which is released via Council Records. A band formed of members of Bodega, a band that is a class of their own, The Wants show a lot of that same promise and it’s well worth hearing. ‘Fear My Society’ from the album can be heard here.

The band on this record really do bring a sound that is unique to them. Beats that seem other-worldly and melodies that push sound to another dimension, The Wants on this record certainly know what they’re doing. Tracks such as ‘Fear My Society’ have a cool groove and a huge beat that come together to make for an excellent track and that combination seems to become a norm throughout this record. 

With these incredible melodies we have angsty and raw vocals that keep up with such ease. For instance, the excellent ‘Ape Trap’ is packed with a simple hook which is delivered brilliantly here and ‘Clearly A Crisis’ is powerful and gently delivered with a harsh riff that makes for such a highlight on this record. This band bring together such powerful songs here, with lyricism that delves into the human psyche with such sophistication. 

An always interesting record to listen to, ‘Container’ from the beginning to the end flows melodically and delivers biting and powerful lyrics that keep you hooked on this record. The Wants here really push the edges of Techno, Pop and Alternative to make something incredible to listen to. 

 

Review: Disq – Collector.

This week sees the release of the new album from Disq, ‘Collector’ through Saddle Creek. Assembling together a razor-sharp, teetering-on-the-edge-of-chaos melange of sounds, experiences, memories, and influences on their new album, this is a band that you have to hear. The band on the record give us the pop-rock vibes you can only dream of and a style all of their own that leaves you wanting more.

Disq on this record really do make melodies, and make them on another level. Huge beats and riffs that drop through the record and weave into the beat with expertise, this band really have a talent for making melodies that keep this record building and bouncing around to perfection. Tracks such as ‘Konichiwa Internet’ in particular are great examples of the way with this band create such chaotic but brilliant melodies.

With these beats are the band’s way with words. Telling stories through their lyricism, this band work everything in harmony so well and it especially shows on tracks such as ‘D19’ and ‘Loneliness’ which in tone sound so different and lyrically too, however these songs unfold and have such a quality to them. ‘Loneliness’ in particular feels like listening to a stream of consciousness that sounds incredible to melody.

Disq continue to highlight the strength of their melodies on this record, pushing their sounds to new levels – ‘Fun Song 4’ certainly seeing the band using all kind of sounds and tones to make an instrumental that certainly connects the album perfectly. Lyrical storytelling and moody melodies make this an album that works to perfection.

 

Review: Thick – Five Years Behind.

Thick this week release their new album, Five Years Behind through Epitaph Records. On the record, THICK confront the countless disappointments and injustices: the reckless hypocrisy of people in power, social media’s erosion of genuine connection, dudes who feel inexplicably entitled to share their most loathsome opinions – and that description certainly sounds like my kind of record.

Delivering incredible hooks that get into your head with such ease, Thick on this record craft some great songs, delivering raw and honest lyricism that keeps you hooked from beginning to end. ‘Sleeping Through The Weekend’ in particular gives us the bouncy melodies you need in combination with some fantastic hooks that never stop giving on this song, and that runs throughout the record.

Packed with energy, which is delivered by great riffs and awesome drum beats that keep the pace going throughout the whole of the album, 5 Years Behind does not let you breathe all that much. ‘Won’t Back Down’ for example builds into something excellent, with drums that really pack a punch and a riff that winds up the song with such style, it makes for such a good track on this album. The great riffs continue on tracks such as ‘Can’t Be Friends’ and give this song a whole new energy that just sounds so good.

An album that live is going to go off, 5 Years Behind is a raw, energetic and pacey album that keeps going and going for days, and it makes for an incredible listen as they delivery their own firey, bouncy punk vibe that you will never not be a fan of. ‘Your Mum’ is definitely going on a playlist as soon as possible.