ORGAN: Five music things – The impressive return of Traams, a new Starsha Lee video, the beautifully relaxed sound of Widowspeak, the old school kiss kiss bang bang of London Plane, Jon Spencer and The HITmakers and another slice of that new album…

Shall we do it again, five more? The Five music things thing for whatever it still might still be worth. Five? There’s something rather compelling about five. Cross-pollination? Five more? Five more while Death Pill still hide in their basements and all we can really do is watch their social media feeds and hope they’re surviving over there in Kyiv, they are still posting so that at least is good.

Do we need to do the editorial bit again? Is there another way? A cure for pulling cats out of hats? Is there a rhyme? Is there a reason? Was there ever? What do reasons make? Five more, same as last time (and the time before) five, and no, we never do and the proof of the pudding is in that proof reading. When we started this thing, oh never mind, it doesn’t matter and like we asked last time, does anyone bother reading the editorial? Does anyone ever actually look down the rabbit hole or is it all just method acting? We do listen to everything that comes in, we do it so you don’t have to, we are very (very) picky about what we actually post on these pages or play on the radio or hang in a gallery. Cut to the chase, never mind the editorial there’s loads of music further down the page, well five or so pieces of music that have come our way in the last few days and cut cut slash and cut to the damn chase, who needs an editorial? Here’s your five pieces of music for today….

TRAAMS – Personal Best

1: Traams, now this is a strong come back, stonger than ever maybe? “TRAAMS return with the much anticipated announcement of their new album ‘personal best’, set for a July 22nd release via long-term label Fat Cat” so says the press release that landed with this first taste. ” The news is accompanied by a new single titled ‘The Light At Night’, which features Joe Casey of Protomartyr, and features a new video co-directed by Charlotte GoschLee Kiernan of Idles, a band – among several who have risen to prominence in recent years – who have long been admirers of the Traams sound”.

Personal Best marks the band’s first full-length album since 2015’s critically-acclaimed ‘Modern Dancing’, and comes hot on the heels of their recent highly acclaimed single ‘Sleeper’, which featured guest vocals from Soffie Viemose of Bella Union’s Danish five-piece Lowly. 

The new single The Light At Night is another high quality cut from the band and proffers a biting look into their musical evolution on the new album. Propulsive rhythms meet angular, droning guitars, cyclical synth lines and incisive, almost shamanic, vocals from Joe Casey, which build into him repeatedly spitting “kill the body then the head dies,” with an intensity that is his and his alone.

The stark video mirrors the trajectory and feel of the song showing a priest erupting from solemn sermon into uncontrollable dancing, whilst the congregation (including the band and a few special guests) look on”.

Well that’s what the press release said, and well, you’ve got the video up there, you have the facts, you don’t need anything else from us other than to deprive them of their uppercase demands and a bottle thrown through a window and we’re impressed and I guess things are coming round, we can only picture it. The album pre-order details along with two tracks are up there on Bandcamp


2: Starsha Lee have a new video, that’s all they said, “here’s a new video”, so here’s their new video, nice carpets….

3: London Plane – Old school kiss kiss bang bang down the Batvave with the Specimen style Goth food, the proper stuff should you like that kind of old school stuff. The New York duo do their chosen thing rather well, that edge of post punk funk, that slice of ark drama, that sucking in your cheeks incase someone is looking thing, cobra in the house and the venom working slowly. Ther’s three tracks from the debut album there to give you a hint right now on their Bandcamp . is it a Bauhaus thing? Probably, london After Midnight thing


4: Jon Spencer and The HITmakers and another slice of that new album that we probably should get around to reviewing. There’s been a vouple of good singles now, “I like it when you shoot!” cries Spencer in this “wicked, psychedelic romp that will take over your television set and bend your brain!  Hidden trauma, repressed desire, and double identities all do battle in this theater of the mind!” 

“Spencer throws himself into the burning pit between good and evil, but beware: things are not all what they seem, not when true love is at stake! Total submission is the order of the day — a burning desire to sacrifice one’s self to a perfect ideal!”. As for us, we have things to do, places to be, we’re throwing the music at you, the raw garage sound that Mr. Spencer has always kicked up with pretty much every band he’s thrown our way. As someone else said, “is classic Jon Spencer taken to the extremis – electro-boogie, constructivist art pop, a psychedelic swamp of industrial sleaze and futurist elegance. It is an epic master work of freak beat from the world’s weirdest garage. Across brain-boggling layers of fury, fuzz guitar, and a crash-bang battery of phaser blasts, photon torpedoes, and otherworldly zounds, he frantically spits, croons, rhapsodizes, and seduces. Spencer Gets It Lit is his most complex and groovy record in years, a dark, danceable odyssey – both a studied take-down of the early 21st century, and a celebration of the place where electricity meets the mind.   

The new album is now out on Bronzerat, like we already said, you don’t need out words, you can listen t othe whole thing on Bandcamp, you know we wouldn’t post it here is we didn’t rate it. He done crossed the line again, we need bands that cross the line again and again, this is wired up garage rock ‘n roll, Mick Jagger’s got nothing on him, it is indeed an instant clank’n’roll classic, all of it, every little bit when push comes to shove it, although dare we suggest a Jon Spencer album can get a little one dimensional, they do tend to be on all the same level, the same textures repeated, maybe he is a singles man? An EP merchant? He is damn good though, his bands always are…


5: Widowspeak are a rather beautifully relaxed band, an easy band, a soothing flowing band, a simple band – well maybe not but it does all sound so simple, so easy, so uplifting and sunny and it maybe is an album they you need to let grown, it might not be instant, let it flow though, let the New York band reveal the depth their beauty has.

Widowspeak’s sixth album started out with loose strings of a concept, a story about a fictional band, not sure about that but short guitar solo during The Drive is almost perfect. “Widowspeak’s sixth album started out with loose strings of a concept, a story about a fictional band: A chain-stitcher working in the satin district of an unnamed city, a neighborhood of storefront tailors devoted to elaborate costumery for country-western…” read more. Just about everything about this album is right.


And while we’re here, it feels like we haven’t mentioned Cardiacs for an age around these fractured parts…


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