Six very short reviews
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Sleemo – Dog
(Single | 04/11/2022 | Beth Shalom Records)
Some people are just toxic, dysfunctional and destructive in their behaviour. The single ‚Dog‘ is about persons whose hobby it is to create rumours and therefore try to ruin other people’s friendships or relationships. By the noisy and dark soundscape you can easily tell that Norwich’s Sleemo are in no good mood towards those people.
Mally – Control
(Single | 23/01/2023 | 24hourrecords)
The songs ‚Control‘ and ‚Apple Tree‘ have been in the stage repertoire of Mally for over two years. Recently, during a recording session in their home town Newcastle upon Tyne, the band captured those originals. ‚Control‘ and ‚Apple Tree‘ are raw, wild and merciless housewreckers of Hardcore Punk and Noise tracks.
the soft form dissolves – Pattern Recognition
(Album | 04/02/2023 | Independent)
Brooklyn-based solo project the soft form dissolves presents a sixteen-track album. Indie Rock and Shoegaze interface with glitches and Noise, and thereby create a misty soundscape that contains gentle LoFi sounds as well as harsh walls of Noise. On this hazy sound, the soft form dissolves invites the listeners to a deep insight and introspect.
Balk – Bulk
(Album | 03/02/2023 | Independent)
Another New York-based solo output is the album „Bulk“ by Balk. The eighttrack album is the first physical release by the project, and the fourth longplayer in total. Gentle Indie and some harmonic Folk tunes go hand in hand with gloomy Post Punk and misty Noise here.
Bone Haus – Confoundead
(EP | 03/02/2023 | Independent)
On their second release, Idaho’s Bone Haus present a savage sweeping blow made from Noise, Garage Rock and Punk. Police brutality is addressed on this EP as well as human toxicity or esoterics. The result is a twenty-minute loud soul healing session.
Lipstick Stains – Lop it off
(Single | 17/02/2023 | Emotions False Records)
Phrases like „Look what she was wearing“ or „But he is such a nice guy“ are not new and neither is the fight against these apologetics of rape culture. Rabies Babies sang ‚Rape is rape, even if the rapist is in a band that you like‘, and Lipstick Stains provide us with the next aggressive reminder that rape culture has to die!