Beaneath all the fuzz and drawled vocals, there’s something strangely warm and balmy about this new Forever Cult EP. Homewrecker may sound on the surface like it wants to tear you apart, but there’s a gently yearning element that suggests what it might just need, is a decent cuddle.
Coming to my attention last year as Pines, a subsequent name change seems to have upped the band’s productivity as they’ve already recorded and released debut album Dixieland under new moniker Greet Death.
Returning to once again agitate and soothe in equal measure, Bellevue Days released their third EP last week. Whispering into life, Rosehill continues to expand on the band’s core sound, using silence as much as it does noise to build mesmerising atmosphere into every moment.
Alright, so it’s by my judgement and depends what’s available at the time on soundcloud. Hence there’re actually sixteen songs here… you’ll see at the end. I’ve added some self-explanatory, and some more imaginative descriptions, but don’t worry too much about reading those; better to just hit play and listen for yourself.
Artefact Siren – Simultaneously taut and ethereal, like a kite in a breeze.
Bryde Less – Always transfixing, her voice soars and rages with emotion on this tale of unequal love.
Chain Of Flowers Flesh Blood And Bone – Slightly more upbeat and jangly that we’re used to from this gloomy lot. I did say just slightly.
DISJOY Divided – Building starkly to crash in a wave of frenzied noise, ebb and repeat.
Estrons Strobe Lights – Boisterous shout-a-long from a bunch of Strangers.
Excellent Skeleton Think I’ll Run – Give it two listens and you’ll be singing this in your sleep, desperately trying to remember where you heard it.
Florence Black The One – Classic rock with a hint of grunge, for people who aren’t old enough to remember either.
GRAVVES My Pet Rihanna – I hope the pet in question is a Tasmanian devil crossed with a hurricane, as there’s no way this song is about a gerbil.
Himalayas Thank God I’m Not You – To be fair, I wouldn’t want to be anyone else if I could write songs like this, with so much venom yet compelling the listener to dance like nothing’s wrong.
The Immediate Not Shabby – Beneath some intriguing metaphors, is an uplifting ode to coping with less-than-perfect mental health.
Lastigband Jelo – The sound of a summer morning spent stumbling joyfully, maybe lightly intoxicated, through the Welsh countryside.
My Name Is Ian Fight, Drink And Die On TV – Cardiff’s new favourite late-night festival singalong. There’ll be tees with this on everywhere next.
Neurotic Fiction Generals – Gently choppy pop, like the sun sparkling off a breezy lagoon.
Silent Forum Trust – Relentlessly agitated post-indie* that you know just from listening is explosive live.
SUNS Wear Me Thin – This drowsily beautiful slice of summery bliss hides unexpectedly agonised lyrics.
And the bonus track: Twisted Ankle Netfix & Loathing – EP Eat A Phone was released last year, but wasn’t on soundcloud then to make the appropriate list; I wanted to give it a shout anyway, so here’s an extra.
*Term stolen from TRAAMS, I think it was.
So urm, my interpretation of the new Forever Cult video is that it’s an advert for pacifism. You know like, if you fight over things then you both end up losing, right? Though the actual song is about… well if anyone can make out any of those grungy, slurred vocals buried somewhere in the delightful racket that is Codeine, then let me know. I can’t make any other sense of it, maybe we’re not supposed to. The EP that this track is part of, Homewrecker, will be out on July 7th via Clue Records.
Well, this is different. Bellevue Days, not content with having just one of the most emotive vocalists around at the moment, have switched up lead singers for their latest track. And there’s no disguising that fact either – throughout, the vocals are the centerpiece of Faith, as its bare-bones outset erupts into rage against the misconception that religion, rather than self-belief can guide a person through the hardest times in life. The song will be included on new EP Rosehill, due out on July 4th.
We understand, really, that we live in a world of constant encouragement to have often unattainably high expectations of ourselves and our lives, buoyed by a media that’s owned by corporations willing to promote whatever ideas they believe necessary to sell their products. The problem we have is facing up to the truth of a matter that has become so deeply ingrained into our culture we barely even notice, never mind challenge it. So in their latest video, False Advertising get Honest about, erm, false advertising, and the way we’re expected to mindlessly accept whatever the broadcasters tell us. I guess the only way end this is by telling you that the single is out now, and buying it will make your life infinitely better.