Balance And Composure – ‘Reflection’

BALANCE AND COMPOSURE - 'REFLECTION'

Earlier in the week Pitchfork got the scoop on Balance and Composure‘s latest tune ‘Reflection’ from the Doylestown rockers forthcoming album ‘The Things We Think We’re Missing’, available from September 10 via No Sleep (USA) and Hassle (UK/EU). It’s been a long time since a straight ahead alt rock anthem has made such an impact, it’s been reposted and reposted and reposted this week. So perhaps you’ve already heard it – but if not, suck up the unapologetic melodic rocker below.

 
Balance And Composure – ‘Reflection’

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Murmansk – 'Before Kitchen Knives'

Care to be screamed at? I think modern rock has a lot to answer for – there’s not enough spontaneous screaming going on these days! Laura from Helsinki band Murmansk releases a blood curdler on ‘Before Kitchen Knives’ from their 2009 record ‘Eleven Eyes To Shade’. Lesson learned.

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Murmansk are currently working on their third full length which will be released in the new year. By the way, I’m sure there’s a reason why the Swedish noise rockers decided to name themselves after a Russian city, but I don’t know it.

For more, visit Murmansk via their official website or connect @ Facebook.

True Widow – 'Bathyscaphe' & 'I.N.O'

It’s getting late in the year and I can still say that True Widow‘s ‘Skull Eyes‘ is one of my favourite tracks of 2011. True Widow’s ridiculously long titled album, ‘As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center Of The Circumference Of The Earth‘ is top notch sludgy rock! So upon hearing the news of a new True Widow EP I was so excited that a little bit of pee came out. Joking, joking!

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True Widow‘s ‘I.N.O’ was recorded by the Texans themselves at their practice space with their own gear, before the last album was released. In fact, according to truewidow.com it was their first recording.

So I know what you’re thinking – oh right, so now they’ve released a full album we’re being fed the outtakes and b-sides. Thankfully, this is not the case. There’s three totally fresh tunes on the ‘I.N.O’ EP that are just as heavy and expansive as anything True Widow have produced to date. From the opening instrumental ‘For Grace’ to the fourteen minute epic of the title track, this EP works as its own self contained mini-album.

‘I.N.O’ drives along like an old grunge tune at half speed, getting more progressive and experimental as it stumbles forward. Whereas ‘Bathyscaphe’ starts with a hypnotic and raw guitar line before kicking into a full on swagger. Like only Texans can! It eventually builds with the female backing vocals while the guitar sound descends towards the scratchiness of a blown out speaker. ‘Bathyscaphe’ is a slow grind and blends into the more haunting tune, ‘S.Y.B’.

True Widow – ‘I.N.O’ tracklist…
1. For Grace
2. I.N.O
3. Bathyscaphe
4. S.Y.B
5. S.F.H.D

Grab True Widow’s ‘I.N.O’ EP on CD or download via Kemado / visit True Widow @ www.truewidow.com.

Manner – ‘Caught In The Middle’

Brooklyn’s Manner released their debut album ‘Side Launch’ this week, pick it up here. This kind of techy rock doesn’t normally float my boat but holy s**tballs Batman, Manner bring some serious stops and angles on this one! ‘Caught In The Middle’ crashes about with robot rock precision and high production quality across the board. There’s some definite Tom Morello stylings going on too.

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