September 22, 2021

The Zephyr Bones: Sparks

photo: Marc Cusco

Spanish/Chilean quintet The Zephyr Bones mix their psych-rock with eighties New Wave synths, a combination that works quite well on their latest single, Sparks. The dry sound of the keyboards gives an edge to the soft spoken lead vocals.

It is a taste from their forthcoming new album, Neon Body, due for release on October 22 via their own label La Castanya (vinyl, CD, cassette, digital). The video was directed by Artur Tort.

The Speed Of Sound: "Opium Eyes" video

Manchester psychedelic power pop veterans The Speed Of Sound have made a video for Opium Eyes, a track from their new album Museum Of Tomorrow: "[They] can make a visit to the Shadow Factory an enticing prospect. Drugs offer only a short reprieve (Opium Eyes) from the horrors of living in the Zombie Century. John Armstrong, the band's songwriter, has found a way to set the post-apocalyptic imagery of writers like John Wyndham to music. The dreams of a better future have become nightmares, but somewhere hope is still on display, waiting to be reappraised and rekindled".

» thespeedofsounduk.com

HCTF review of Museum Of Tomorrow.

September 21, 2021

Wildgroei: Milde Klachten

Dutch experimental pop act Wildgroei are now a trio, with the addition of Rick Weren on bass and more. Stefanie Janssen and Martin Boorwater have welcomed their new member with open arms, allowing them to add a bit of rock to their mix of new wave, opera and trip hop that made their debut EP Ik ging er op staan so special.

On Milde Klachten ("mild symptoms") they tackle bugs (De Mot, health scares and unwanted advice (Hartkliniek, internet connection issues (Netwerk and the current clusterfuck (Warboel). Janssen puts her classical vocals training to good use, making each word count and projecting emotions like they are going out of style. Boorwater and Weren are adamant to make their marks as well, providing an adventurous mix of licks, beeps and purrs. Don't be surprised when the main synth motif of Netwerk gets sampled a lot and finds its way to the dance floor.

Pocket Knife Army + LIJO: shows in Gouda, Ede & Helmond

Dutch avant-electro pop acts (and label mates) Pocket Knife Army and LIJO join forces again for a couple of shows. Both acts love to take risks and are always looking for an opportunity to create something special.

Live dates:

Amethysts: Frore

English dream pop synth duo Amethysts come closer to the radiofriendly mainstream with their latest single, Frore, a reassesment of their relationship that tends to unravel at the ends sometimes. It is the well-produced anxiety that will appeal to like minded searchers for firm ground to stand on. Restraint meets anger and hope on top of a tugging back beat. The single will be included on their forthcoming debut album, out later this year via AWAL & Shy Cat Music.

» weareamethysts.co.uk

HCTF review of Imitate Me.