Thursday, March 06, 2014

Today's good stuff: Farewell JR, Fujiya & Miyagi, Juce, Archie Bronson Outfit

Farewell J.R - Slow Breath

Having just been out on Communion's New Faces tour (headlined by Luke Sital-Singh) his/their first material since the Health EP is a delicate thing, reverbed and pensive, a thing of picturesque serenity, like a painting of a misty Scandinavian lake. But with music. And then someone deliberately spills a few gallons of oil into the lake as massed strings and noises slash across the peace, turning the vocals from stillness to loss.

Fujiya & Miyagi - Flaws

The electro-motorik the Brighton outfit have extended across four albums outright transforms into the propulsive pulses of prime Moroder on the opening track from their fourth album Artificial Sweeteners, out May 5th. Less quixotic than some of their previous work but no less enveloping.

Juce - Braindead

Is it too reductive to call the London trio the British female !!!? (What? Oh alright, the British female Chk Chk Chk) Releasing this through Dan Carey's Speedy Wunderground label it's fairly indebted to ESG - especially when they nick the call-outs from Dance towards the end - with an extra bubbly disco groove that nods at their self-definition as a girl group. But with that indelibly fluid punk-funk rhythm section, not that much.

Archie Bronson Outfit - Two Doves On A Lake

They're back! Albeit without bassist Dorian Hobday but with their psychedelic attack mode still fully engaged on this serrated lope that's taken a step back from Cuckoo's cliff edge to roam the undergrowth. Recent collaborator Kristian 'Capitol K' Robinson produces and is presumably responsible for the bubbling synth bass and Duke Garwood popping by with free jazz abandon just to put the tin lid on the deal. Album Wild Crush follows on May 19th.

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