PANORAMA manages to move from a near-heavy aura to something far more colourful and perhaps mainstream friendly within the walls of a single provocative and deeply thoughtful song.
Ben Stout fronts the deeply atmospheric, contemplative project Memory Sphere, offering up an album of original songs and compositions that prove powerfully immersive, emotive, and a pleasure to escape within.
Driving with absolute character, individuality, and a notably conscious approach to lyricism and songwriting, Magnitude 7 is a hip hop artist with a unique style and set of intentions to his music.
It’s OK not to be a pack animal – to be weird, a misfit, a freak, nerd, rebel and to be, see or do things differently. Some people are threatened by that and see it as an opportunity for a cheap dig to feel better about themselves. We like to call them the “dream police”.
A collaborative project with a uniquely creative and artistically free twist to it. Puerto Rico’s Silvermouse emerge with a full-length album designed to take listeners somewhere outside of themselves; or further within than ever before.
What starts out as a fairly simple, nostalgic and deeply introspective track – mellow emo-rock from the nineties comes to mind – soon evolves into a uniquely creative piece, which stylishly balances the delicacy of indie-pop with the absolute grit and roar of metal.
Freak sets out to be declamatory and certain, with human guitars and a questing vocal performance. There’s something of Simon Le Bon’s melodic choice about the whole affair; a New Romantic sense of panache amidst the grooving to help set the 21st century alight!
Out of the depths of artistry and human thought, out from behind the bright colours and the iPhones and the ‘neverminds’, the UK’s own musical wizard that is Dizraeli re-emerges from his creative cave.
A three piece of guitar, bass and drums comes powering out of the traps here. It’s a fizzy capture, washes of cymbals and some heavy riffing on guitar creating a robust, muscular backdrop for some vocals with attitude.
Occupying the ground between Julian Cope during his Fried period and then the snarl and belligerent punky attitude of John Lydon, the lead vocal punches hard on the track Someone You Know. It then wanders into something more wistful and lyrically more exploratory on Waste of Time. There’s an ever-present natural vibrato when the vocal is more relaxed. But melodically, the vocals are making some very deliberate dissonant choices which reek of swagger and confidence and an overall looseness to proceedings which is genuinely original in the current climate.
Someone You Know also boasts interesting rhythm and arrangement choices. ‘Your expectations are too much,’ posits the singer. But they are actually served pretty well, thanks, with some smart arrangement chops which retain the interest well. These include a wandering exploratory guitar solo part and, in particular, a proper diversion into new territory just before the track’s conclusion, when a bridge part suddenly offers a sonic treat before resolving beautifully into a meaty post-chorus riff and the song abruptly concludes.
Waste of Time is more of a workout dynamically, with some questing guitar riffs adding a mystical air to the mix and the vocal gets to explore more tones, at times coming across like Gary Numan in terms of word-chewing delivery.
‘Waves crashing over waves,’ gets repeated in an intense repeating pattern in an exciting bridge part which again makes a welcome impression just before the song’s conclusion. It’s exciting and unexpected and really delivers.
A shot in the arm lyrically and in terms of attitude and energy, Microcosm’s EP is a breath of fresh air.
ITCH are a band you’re going to want to scratch again and again. Fearlessly inventive and full of vim and vigour, musical nous and style. Go for it!
I try to show people there is always more than one perspective on the same thing. And there can be more than one feeling at stake at the same time. You can simultaneously love & hate someone, even though it’s contradictory & confuses you.
The song leads with contemporary references that help ignite a whole new era of songwriting that holds close to relationship turmoil but makes it all the more relevant to a modern audience.