Bursting with meaningful rage that the light-hearted listener with specific musical taste may find obtuse, Birmingham trio Youth Man are releasing their new, absorbing and intense EP ‘Hill of Knives’ on 27th of April. As with their debut EP, Bad Weather, the band have put in five tracks spanning themes from Western hypocrisy, isolation and tyranny. For so few tracks, this large variety of topics is pleasantly surprising and kept my close attention from start to finish. Thoroughly exciting, Kaila Whyte’s fierce vocals and smack-in-the-face lyrics will drill into your mind and lay there for quite some while after listening.
Usually chaos isn’t a positive aspect of an album – however, Doldrums have created an intriguing exception to this rule with The Air Conditioned Nightmare. Inspired by the works of Henry Miller, the music conjured up by Airick Woodhead (who mixes punk rock vocals with DJ produced samples and sounds in place of a guitar truly) does the American writer justice, with his famous quote “nowhere else in the world is the divorce between man and nature so complete”.
Following on from their second album Noostropics three years ago, Lower Dens, the indie experimental band from Baltimore, have returned with a new LP ‘Escape from Evil’.
Earning a reputation for their distinct vocals from front woman Jana Hunter, right off the bat the interesting choice of name for the new album creates a sense of ominous anticipation for the music to come. What sort of evil has Hunter gone through and escaped and just what is the title asking us to question?
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