23rd of February sees a very special three band line-up at Stourbridge’s art space venue of ScaryCanary.
Sharing a label with BEAK>, KVB and 65DaysOfStatic probably gives you some idea of what to expect from Wiltshire three piece Thought Forms but for those unaware then imagine the soundtrack to being lost in an otherworldly desert landscape. Imagine a slow strength draining trek through dunes and valleys, amidst colours and sounds foreign and unnerving. Hypnotic droning bass lays over improvised and jazz like drum patterns whilst reverb drenched guitars cut through, sometimes speaking with the sound of a whale song sometimes like the sound of an alien craft. Vocals lilt from ethereal musings akin to My Bloody Valentine through to a slow Arab or Shamenesque trip. These people can build a soundscape like nobody else can and have found their talent required from the “Ex Machina” soundtrack through to support tours and slots with Portishead and Thurston Moore.
Recommended listening : “Forget My Name” or “Burn Me Clean”
Ambient trip hop with strong melodic riffs and vocal lines take mid slot from part British and part Dutch band Alcuna Wilds. A sound that is hard to pin down to these ears but they are likened to Portishead. Little known on this side of the North Sea and playing predominantly in Holland it would be advisable to see them whilst they are here. Speaking of Holland, you see bands with similar vibes often on Jools’ show, so either you will see them there in the future or you will see them criminally ignored..
Recommended listening : “Surbuban Noir”
Outlander provide the local talent on show. Playing quiet and playing slowly are two of the hardest things for bands to do. Some bands instinctively know how to and some don’t. It is most definitely the former with this Birmingham band. Gentle musical movements build into an effervescent geyser of feedback and rumbling drums before subsiding again. An aural lesson in dynamics.
Recommended listening : their recent live set at The Crossing
Tickets £6 available online from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/379074
Photo by Rebecca Cleal, courtesy of PR