Southern – S/T

Fans of rock and its history of sounds will like Southern, a brother and sister duo from Ireland who are now based out of Liverpool. Music fans of other genres may get bored quickly of this EP. The recording mixes folk and blues in with moments of rawness through distortion on the voice and instruments. The instrumentation is drums, guitar, voice, and hand-claps through-out.

The songs value groove over driving dynamics with triplet rhythms as signature flourishes of both the guitar and drums. The male and female vocals blend well yet don’t seem to add anything to the music other than musical texture. Nonetheless you should keep them in mind to see live the next time they are in Glasgow.

Ash & Bloom – S/T

Ash & Bloom are a duo from Toronto, Canada who’ve been collaborating together for over 10 years but just released their first EP of original work. The instrumentation is very organic with lots of earthy percussion and acoustic sounds without specific overpowering elements. They imply that you the listener can join in the song at any point as it is near impossible not to be humming by the end of “Let the Storm Come.” Thematically, their songs offer just the right mixture of meaning yet ambiguity so that you the listener can add your own interpretation of the song. Ash & Bloom ask the questions but don’t try to answer them in “Heaven is a Ghost Town” Their humorous animated music video for this song includes appearances from Bono, Oprah, Ellen, Ghandi, and Mother Teresa.

[Micah van Dijk]

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