Anders Helmerson is keen to relate his latest arrangement – iScherzo – to futurism, noting, “My music is conceived in an iworld”. I can see the comparison with its speed and momentum, but I’ve always considered that form too angular and abrasive to feel comfortable relating it to this piece.
Bold piano runs paint broad strokes across the canvas, as a grand picture takes shape from these three base elements. Admittedly, the colour runs a little outside the lines, but that’s alright. For, Anders stretches but never snaps – moments of near-madness on the improvisations always right their course back to the delightful, recurring, ‘la-di-dah melody.
Lukaz Chyla’s walking bass grooves go on a similar roundabout journey. He sometimes disappears from view, but even in those moments, you can still make out the muddy rumbling under the radar. His always-progressing strumming fills in the foreground as Anders does the sky.
If they are our painters, then drummer Juan Meija is our frame – sturdy and reliable. He rides the crashes a little too much for my liking, but all of his strikes hit clean and with cause. His comfort in moving around the kit also aids this track’s graceful forward momentum.
They create a beautiful sound, which while shifting and complex, never causes stress. It’s incredible that this elaborate and elegant arrangement could be performed remotely, as seen in the music video.
The arrangement of drums, keys and bass, played intensely (with moves from outside the jazz playbook), makes a comparison to BADBADNOTGOOD necessary – especially to their 2014 offering ‘III’. But the constant progression and honed performance lets the Anders Helmerson Trio stand on its own merits. I look forward to more.
iScherzo is the first single from the coming LP ‘Opus i’. To hear more from the trio, follow them at the links below:
“Taking their listeners on an otherworldly experience from start to finish, Punt guns’ daring nature and sense of originality never cease to amaze”
Neanderthal Cyber Rock formed by Godlike beings across the Balkans, Russia, China, and the sweeping plains of Mongolia – welcome to the world of Punt Guns. Based in London, Punt Guns are a twin attack of baritone guitar, six-string bass, and a whirlwind of cinematic atmospherics and industrial depth charges thrown in for good measure. Gearing up to release a brand-new album, the first glimpse of pure-spun gold on the horizon is Nemesis, an astonishing journey through dark corridors and forbidden zones with an accompanying video that will make your blow your mind and make your eyes melt. Forget everything you’ve ever heard – Punt Guns are the real deal.
Punt Guns were formed in 2017 by Marek Bero (bass/lead vocals) and Giampaolo Guarnieri (guitar/unearthly sounds) and have allied themselves with producers Andy Wright and Gavin Goldberg, whose credits include the likes of KLF, Jeff Beck, Simple Minds, and Massive Attack. The first stunning results were documented on their debut album, a mix of skewed pop melodies, violent rock riffs, and alien orchestras but this only hints at the glories to be heard on their forthcoming release. Now augmented by drummer, Dan Western and guitarist, synth maestro, and producer Jiri Novotny, their sound is derived from a sonic stew of classical, baroque, Balkan and Slavic music, soaked up by the band as their lives took them around the world. They’ve travelled for years and spent time in such disparate locales as Mongolia, Slovakia, Italy, the Himalayas and Lebanon. The band are influenced by the vast global array of music, but also influenced by the likes of maverick sportsmen (Giampaolo travelled the world as an extreme skier in a previous life) and film, with transgressive directors like Argento, Godard, Vadim and Bava all casting their shadows on their work.
Marek came up with the name “Punt Guns”. Long forgotten and then banned, this absurd gun with a gigantic, long canon was used to hunt fowls, leading to the angry duck that represents the band, as well as the ‘quacks’ which drown out any naughty words in the radio edit of Nemesis Esteban Ron in Buenos Aires arrived at the logo by using an angry picture of Donald Duck and reducing it to the band’s own Punt Guns duckling. You’ll have to wait until later in the year to hear the new album in full, with work currently underway at the legendary Rockfield Studios (Queen; Pixies; Royal Blood) in Wales but the first single, Nemesis is introduced by the band themselves:
“The main riff and harmonies of the verse came after a coaching session Giampaolo had with Jean-Marc Belkadi during which they worked on Ashkenazi and Russian chords and harmonies. Giampaolo translated such ideas from a standard tuning guitar to his baritone guitar. He played the tune to Jean-Marc who said that it was a “dark & unpredictable” vibe that reminded him of UK gangster style movies. This led Giampaolo to use part of the quote by Alan Ford defining Nemesis in the movie Snatch and use a voice-over actress, Sophie, to narrate it. Jiri started to create hooky electronic elements to the initial draft and Dan recorded drums for the chorus. Marek then laid down a huge bass line and a sick, slapping bass solo together with magical hooky lyrics that worked as a quasi-dialogue with Sophie’s narration. This track offers the “rock pedigree approach” of the band and then climbs to an electronic world reminiscent of the likes of Justice, Goose or Aaron”.
Bloom is the new single by Kyiv-based rock band In Signs that introduces a much darker-edged sound and looks to build on the worldwide airplay of their previous single, Knock Knock. Having recently expanded their number to include a full-time drummer, In Signs have also moved to a new studio and the changes to their sound are evident on Bloom, which shimmers with tension amongst shadowy atmospheric synths and guitars before exploding into a yearning chorus.
“The song Bloom was created and finalised a few months ago when the most-strict lockdown was in Kyiv. ‘Bloom’ is a little bit darker than the others and this will be a reminder of that time for us.
‘I wrote the song a few years ago but now it’s time to release it. I didn’t change the lyrics but somehow they feel in the right place now. This song was written long ago, before the quarantine but it now feels like “Bloom’ is about covid. I wrote it in bad times, I felt so empty that I just can’t have a normal conversation with friends. I faced misunderstanding and lies. I was very angry and I wrote ‘Bloom’ in a very short time. This song is very emotional to me and I hope that In Signs can carry across the idea of it.”
The new single from Jade – ‘Hey Babe‘ – talks about the disposable nature of love and the shallow frivolity of a man’s seduction tactics, and his obvious unawareness of the queen he is trying to approach. The track is consumed by a blend of sultry jazz notes, classic melodies and pop and hip-hop features. For an artist that refuses to take no for an answer, this track is indicative of her confidence and style and refusal to accept less than what’s deserved.
The Takezo Remix and Steff Garner Remix for the track are out 23rd April.
Having made her name as a fearless entrepreneur in the world of fashion and textiles, Moss’ music career looks to continue the trend, wowing audiences with her mix of nostalgia, glamour and attitude.
At the age of 18, Jade traded her hometown in Yorkshire for the heart of London, determined to make her mark. She unleashed her creative soul in designing clothes and even opened her own boutiques, travelling the world and taking inspiration from everywhere she went. Her designs have featured in major high street stores as well as huge online retailers, mixing old retro design with colourful contemporary fashions to create a look entirely her own. She has brought this mindset to her music, already aware of her raw and unique singing voice, Jade rediscovered her true purpose after the birth of her daughter, Blue.
“The music that I write is about my experiences with love, joy, strength and the importance of self-worth”.
Influenced by Etta James, Grace Jones, Lauren Hill and many more, the catchy melodies and lyrics that stuck in Jade’s head translated well when recording her songs. Her style is described as an eclectic arty mix-up between the ’80s and 1940s, giving off retro vibes. This original sound brings her emotional, real-life heartbreak stories to life with warm jazzy vocals that hug the soul.
‘Hey Babe’ is written by Jade, composed by Milano based musician Etto and arranged and mixed by Vito de Luca from Aeroplane in Brussels. The song is featured on the upcoming EP Only you to be released on GlaGlaRecords in April this year.
If you’re in the mood for some headbanging alt-rock, then crank up the volume and get ready for Kavanagh’s new single ‘Citizen 202‘. The band are releasing the track on the 26th March and it is not one to be missed.
In true alt-rock style, the track is a blend of conventional rock elements with a powerful punk feel to it. The crescendoed introduction leads you on a whirlwind of gargantuan, distortion-heavy guitars and dizzying vocals, comfortably clocking in under two minutes!
The Brighton based band, containing five members, have been crafting their sound and mastering their dynamic style since 2016, bringing local pubs and clubs of Canterbury to life with their unique sound. They won two national Battle of the Band competitions, so one could easily deduce they made an impression on the locals and know how to put on one hell of a show.
They are the epitome of unsigned, DIY Rock n’ Roll. With their larger than life sound, it is no shock that they have made waves through the UK, touring the country and featuring on multiple radio appearances. Their talent most definitely has not gone unnoticed and they look forward to supporting Fat White Family in the near future. The track ‘Citizen 202‘ also features in the upcoming movie, Vegan Vampires from Zorg, with members of The Sex Pistols and New York Dolls!
Recorded at Far Heath Studios with Angus Wallace of The Prodigy and esteemed producer Mike Bennett, ‘Citizen 202’ is a virtually faultless track full of flair and fire.
‘Citizen 202‘ sets to outline the next chapter in Kavanagh’s exciting development as a new and unique alternative rock band. Fast, explosive and poetic, their latest tune is a self-expressive, proper hungry rock track that depicts a modern society in less than two minutes.
LearningToDive, New Zealand’s post-punk and New Romantic inspired musician, is releasing a debut album this Spring. The album acts as a love letter to the innovational 1980’s music scene, packed with the best elements of the post-punk and synth-pop genres that come together in an exhilarating blend of sounds.
Known as Bravo Bonez, the singer, songwriter and producer is a native of Wellington, who has compiled this album by translating his personal experiences and perceptions of the world through the template of 1980s musical sounds. Over the last few years, Bravo Bonez had come to question some of his own assumptions about life and his place in the world as a husband and a father.
Now permanently settled in the capital of NZ due to Covid-19, Bravo spends his time reconnecting with his musical passion through a variety of musical projects, as well as helping to develop and encourage local musicians through owning and running his own music studio PureSound Studios NZ
One of the leading tracks, Rainbow Fall, was recorded in Norway in August 2019 when the weather was surprisingly hot. Unsurprisingly, then, beholding a beautifully cinematic landscape on the western seafront in Giske, LearningToDive recorded a track in which his observations about the world take centre stage.
“We want no prejudice, we want a world that’s fair.”
Bonez’s benevolent baritone enters the track in a warm, sonically-pleasing sound that is reminiscent of The Horrors. The track is underscored by tribally rhythmic drums and lively brass notes that come together and exude a comforting optimism. The hook, “Don’t let this rainbow fall” rings throughout to perhaps remind the listener of the inherent fragility of this planet. Finally, the track ends with a friendly and final reminder for: “Humanity, humility.”
The track forms a pseudo-social commentary that is rich in texture, depth and harmony. The track happened to be released in a timely manner as US politics had taken and turn for the worst, the track comments on the unnerving division between the left and the right.
LearningToDive said: “This song, although not directly written about the USA, is a timely release as the USA transitions from one administration to another.
“It is a call for reconciliation between Left and Right, and not to let dark forces manipulate us into fighting each other. A call to be humble, and not to forget others’ humanity.”
‘Little Requiem’ is harrowingly orchestral and the voices of a choir ring out to a synthesised beat that makes the track somewhat ethereal and dreamlike. Only to then be stunned into action by the upbeat tempo of ‘Tainted’.
“Bravo uses his expertise of various instruments from keyboards to the violin to produce a truly breathtaking single full of anthemic atmospherics, ambient dream pop and a smattering of shoegaze” – Indie Central
The final track, ‘I’ll Smile’, appears at first like a letter to a long lost loved one, but slowly transforms into a final goodbye to the bad memories of 2020 and recognises the benefits of letting go of negativity.
“A dirty sun falls, as a crippled autumn fades.
We fooled around, we played with fire.
I understand you’re tired now,
I’ll smile, as you walk away.
I’ll smile, as you walk away.”
However, the lyrics also remind one of the inherent fragility of the earth and our impermanence as mortals, the fact we are playing with fire and messing with earth’s natural balance, and ultimately an understanding that eventually we may be abandoned by such a balance and left to fend for ourselves as we destroy the planet we live on.
The release of High & Dry on the 20th of November was LearningToDive’s first outing under this musical identity. His debut album will be ready for release on the 2nd of April 2021. He now has 4 released singles (High & Dry, Falling Leaves, Rainbow Fall and Tainted), with his monthly listeners consistently sitting around 3200 per month.
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After creating a name for herself in the word of fashion and design with her unique, vintage and vibrant style, Jade Moss has taken inspiration from her expertise and mixed it into her music.
With glamorous and retro tones mixed together, ‘Hey Babe’ fuses elements from classic jazz and pop to create a wistful and romantic sound that shows her fearless and defining attitude.
A bold and iconic entrepreneur in the the fashion industry, Jade unveiled her creativity in designing clothes after moving to the heart of London from her home in Yorkshire at the young age of 18.
Opening up her own boutiques and travelling the world in the process, she’s picked up inspiration at every destination, which has helped her designs find success in both high street fashion stores and online retailers.
Her own individual and imaginative style she has created has shown in her music as well. With a powerful and soulful voice, she has put together a song with charm and mystique, singing about true love in the cold world we live in.
It’s catchy and groovy with an old school elegance to it; having been described as an artistic combination of 80’s and 40’s music, ‘Hey Babe’ is a sentimental track that’ll have you singing along.
“The music that I write is about my experiences with love, joy, strength and the importance of self-worth”.
Listen to ‘Hey Babe’ here:
Inspired by artists such as Etta James, Grace Jones and Lauren Hill, Jade has created a neo-vintage pop song filled with emotion and passion.
With the help of Milan-based musician Etto who composed the song and Vito de Luca from Aeroplane who did the arranging and mixing, ‘Hey Babe’ is one that will be featured on Jade’s upcoming EP ‘Only you’, set to be released on GlaGlaRecords in April this year.
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Leif Coffield is ready to share his new electro-pop masterpiece to the world. On February 5th he will release his newest single ‘Say My Name’, a boundary-breaking, dark tune that he hopes will attract the attention of a much wider audience.
Being one that likes to stand out from the mainstream, Coffield created this stunning song by combining elements of hip-hop, acoustic and electronic music in an exciting and exhilarating way.
Inspired by artists such as Kanye West, Bon Iver and Flume, Coffield is hoping to be recognised as one of the UK’s most innovative and thrilling electro-pop artists in the genre.
Accompanying the track, Leif Coffield is set to release an artistic, minimalist music video set in a run down council flat, with dramatic choreography showing his intrigue in brutalist imagery.
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Pakistan-born singer-songwriter SHK, has released an anthem for all with his new song ‘Undefeated’, A lyrical motivation for everyone to follow their dreams.
Now living in Reading, England, SHK has taken inspiration from a very unlikely source. With his main passions alongside music being poetry, spirituality, self-reformation, and martial arts, SHK takes inspiration from this combination to create an upbeat, empowering tune, which is sure to motivate listeners.
Alongside this track, SHK has released an inspired music video with symbols to strength and power throughout:
One of his biggest inspirations for this song was his admiration for Russian mixed-martial artist, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who has remained undefeated in all 28 of his fights. Being one of SHKs personal heroes and having gained legendary status in the world of MMA, Nurmagomedov has remained a devoted and dedicated Muslim throughout.
“I have been really inspired by his hard-work, skills, integrity, discipline and unconquerable spirit. I think he is a great role-model for any professional, especially for Muslims”
The pop-rock tune is catchy and uplifting, with a memorable melody and sing-along chorus that has a deeply embedded life lesson presented lyrically. ‘Unbeatable’ portrays the message to always be true to yourself and overcome any obstacles that may come forth.
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Never settling for anything less than the stars, Michael Cooke has gone from dreaming of being in the Olympics to acting and has now found his calling with music.
Thriving off the freedom to express himself creatively, the Glasgow-based singer-songwriter has poured his heart into his debut single ‘Losing My Mind’ – an emotional number with inspiration taken from numerous artists from the 60’s to modern 00’s indie.
With a folky undertone and a bluesy guitar solo, Michael creates a tranquil ambience with passionate lyrics that hit home. Accompanying the song is a mystical and moving music video that tells a powerfully touching story.
Having had his athletic dreams come to an end following an injury, and never feeling fully fulfilled with his acting career, Michael turned his attention to music to really portray his true personality in his own way.
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