Redder are a Finnish electronic group dealing in ambience and subtle melodies which will undoubtedly be the aim for their debut album Walk Long Play which is set for a late November release that follows on from the self release of their debut EP Border/Lines which was released last year. The latest single to be take from their upcoming debut LP is ‘Let us Get Out’ and it acts as an example of delicately formed melodies and structures around an understated vocal. It may not be the most urgent and rapid tracks, but this is far from it’s aims. The echoed and soft edged percussion pull the song outwards from the gentle piano chords, as do the slightly distorted and unfocused vocals that retain their melodic harmonic integrity, whist also adding to the songs growing space and atmosphere. The clarinet interludes into the song’s progression gives the track a slight grounding to work from as well. Not a spectacular track, yet one that showcases their skill and considered approach.
There are some tracks out there that induce a certain warmth inside when listened to, the kind of feeling that comes with a zestful summer’s day or a pensive drive through a city’s evening. The new Rockforce Records release from Ottawa’s MaXD, Bad Habit, is one of those tracks. This deep and beautifully refined single is layered with detail and emotion that makes me want to road trip with an open-top beneath a blistering sun with little care for the route’s end.
We are enticed with stabbing synths, crisp, heavy drums and delicate arpeggiations, all tied together with striking piano chords that come in often to progress the track yet keep it grounded to its original motivations. But perhaps the most striking aspect of this track is the depth and richness to its production, which is worthy of a profusion of praise. This track is dense, it’s heavy with delicate undertones of subtly and sweetening that demonstrates a clear mastery of production in this genre. Based on this single alone, MaXD is certainly one to keep a close eye on in the future.
Bad Habit drops through Rockforce Records on 30th October.
Written by Ben Steed
Greywind are the brother and sister duo of Steph and Paul O’Sullivan from Killarney in Ireland. Their new single ‘Afterthoughts’ is to be released on October 31st with acclaim from the likes of Zane Lowe and Daniel P. Carter already. The track opens in a gentle fashion with smooth and echoed riff along with a isolated, crisp and slightly innocent vocal before fluidly altering her vocal to the ensuing pounding guitars, bass lines and percussion that’s similar to that of earlier pop punk bands of the 21st century which doesn’t sound particularly fresh, yet the delivery and dramatics of the transitions from gentle to unrelenting are amicable as is Steph’s vocal, which holds strong throughout. A song that showcases their practical skill more than anything else.
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