Review: Marcelyn – Monstrous Experience.

Marcelyn, release their new album this week, Monstrous Existence Originally the solo project of classically-trained singer Marcelyn Lebovitz, the now-trio delivers ‘indie rock weirdness on a silver platter with a side of smooth vocals, audacious bass playing, and groovy beats’ and that is definitely the case on their new album. You can give a listen to ‘Quarantine Song’ from the album now here

A band that certainly has a firm grasp of melodies, this band never fail to deliver fantastic grooves and cool beats that work together to create great things. ‘Set It On Fire’ is a great example of that combination and makes you have to move to it, this followed by the rumbunctious melodies of ‘I Smell Like Experience’ which has some incredible beats – the drums making an impact, which combined with the vocal work working with the melodies, makes for an incredible sound. 

The vocals throughout are extraordinary. Up front but used as another layer in the melodies the vocals are incredible no matter how they are used on this record. ‘Number A’ and ‘The Show Is Over’ show this, the first highlighting the softer tones layering incredibly together to make for an amazing sound. However in contrast the raw, powerful edge of Marcelyn’s voice on ‘Sled Ted’ is incredible and delivers a powerful message on the track and makes for such a fierce song on this album. 

An album that highlights every facet of this band’s talent for melodies and vocals, Monstrous Experience is well worth listening to see just how this band use every talent to create brilliant but haunting in parts sounds that you need a moment for to take in. 

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: Movements – No Good Left To Give.

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This week sees the release of the new album from Movements via Fearless Records. ‘No Good Left To Give’ sees the pop punk band, push their sound to a whole new level and standard as they bring us a record that is packed with storytelling that makes this record something personal and melodies that compliment that perfectly proving that Movements is an apt name for this band as they continue to create one. You can give a listen to ‘Tunnel Vision’ here

Masters of melodies, Movements make this abundantly clear as soon as the record begins. Guitars that sweep through the darker tones of the record, this band together create sounds that compliment the lyricism and feeling of the record so well. ‘In My Blood’ opens the album and shows what this band can do and they follow through with the rest of the album – smart tones and incredible melodies build together to make an album that just hits you with the emotion packed into it. 

Patrick Miranda on this record. How on every song he makes you feel how he feels through the powers of his vocals and the strength of the lyricism, is quite frankly unheard of. Not that this record doesn’t have infectious choruses and hooks. ‘Don’t Give Up Your Ghost’ has that huge chorus that live one day is going to sounds incredible but the power of this record dominates throughout and makes for a listen that leaves you reeling and also wanting to go through it again –  just listen to a track like ‘Garden Eyes’ to see all this in action. 

A phenomenal record from start to finish, this band are ambitious and driven, and ‘No Good Left To Give’ is proof of it. Raw and intense from beginning to end, Movements here once again prove their prowess. 

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: 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: 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: Johanna Glaza – Exile.

 

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Johanna Glaza, Friday, released her new album ‘Exile’ and what an album it is. Beautifully delivered throughout this album is a collection of harmonies and melodies that ensnare throughout these seven songs, Exile truly is worthy of giving a listen to as soon as you can – these thirty minutes might be some of your favourites of 2020.

Using her vocal as a stunning instrument from the beginning of the record, Glaza gives you vibes of musicians such as Kate Bush with stunning notes and high hitting vocals that leave an incredible impression. Throughout the album Glaza pushes her boundaries melodically and keeps using her vocal to explore different styles and it sounds so good, especially on tracks such as ‘Dear Life’.

Dramatic beats and moments of intriguing synth weave together and make for such fascinating listening. Tracks such ‘Isabella’ for example bringing eery melodies and dark moments to the record that conflict with the intriguing and unique beats of ‘Dear Life’, the song before. Ominous beats combined with the haunting lyricism makes for a track that just grabs you from the moment it begins, the vocals delivering such drama to the song too and make for one of the most interesting things I’ve heard so far this year.

An intriguing record melodically and vocally, Exile is an incredible record which continues to highlight the talents of this formidable writer throughout. Tracks such as ‘King’s Alive’ are soft, light and beautiful and ‘Dear Life’ brings to your ears incredible sounds and a vocal range that you have to hear. Go listen.