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Dutch band Klangstof is set to release their debut album Close Eyes to Exit. Frontman Koen van de Wardt was picked up by record label Mind of a Genius, which works with other big names such as Zhu and Gallant. A self-taught singer and songwriter who grew up in lonely rural Norway, Van de Wardt has a strong passion for music. The name Klangshof, with the word “Klang” from the Norwegian word for echo and ”stof” from the Dutch word for dust, describes their sound very well, from its ethereal atmosphere to its hazy and glacial undertones.
Close Eyes to Exit includes the four singles that Klangstof has already released. “We are your receiver”, the band’s latest offering, has already been largely successful. The song is about the nature of the online community and the use of disguises, with the dangers of leaving your offline self behind. “Hostage” is Van de Wardt’s first offering and showcases his ability to create vast landscapes and pair them with intimate lyrics. Reminiscent of early Radiohead, combined with the down-tempo electronic sounds of Flume, the song is oddly nostalgic.
Its been a busy year for the new kids on the block, Cape Town-based Death Panthers. Earlier this year the garage punk rock band released two separate EPs in quick succession. A few months later their first full album, Nothing to Lose, Nothing to Prove, has made its debut on 15 August. The album consists of eight tracks and is a stylistic extension of the band’s pre-existing tracks.
The first track of the album, “Out of town”, is preceded by a short 30 second introduction. The crashing sound of the drums and guitar together starts the listener on a fast-paced and accelerated energy level. The transition between the intro and the track is effective in setting the scene for the feel of the album as a whole.
The following track, “Oh”, is more laid back in style. The bass heavy guitar and more rhythmic drum beat give this track a more relaxed feel than the previous track. The simplicity of the lyrics and instrumentals combined makes the track easy to listen to.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from York, England. In 2011 he released his debut studio album Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm, which gained him public recognition. His second studio album, After the Rain, is a solid collection of songs that deal with themes of love, loss, heartbreak and resurgence.
The album opens off strongly with the track “Tilikum”. Here, the artist sings about how he is in love with a woman whose husband thinks she’s away on business. Leftwich hints that the speaker and the woman are expecting a baby together and are planning on running away. The song employs a soft, warm accompaniment that fits perfectly with the uncertainty of the future that the two protagonists of the song are heading toward.
Twin Atlantic, the almost decade-old Scottish alternative rock pop punk band, will release their new album GLA on 9 September. The four member group from Glasgow came to South Africa for the first time as one of the headline acts for Oppikoppi Fantastic Mr.VosVos in 2015. This is their forth studio album.
The first track, “Gold elephant cherry alligator”, is a powerful introduction to the album. The strong guitar chords grab the listener’s attention. The vocals have a slightly raised edge with the many spoken and yelled parts making this first track one that engages the listener from the very beginning. The abrupt end of the track fits well with this high energy track.
American R&B artist Frank Ocean, born Christopher “Lonny” Breaux was born in 1987 in California, USA. Ocean began his career writing lyrics of A-list artists like Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, John Legend and Brandy. His vault into the mainstream music scene happened in 2011 when he released a mix tape of his own work titled nostalgia, ULTRA. The mix tape was distributed for free on social networking site Tumblr despite him being signed to record label DefJam Records. This was because, as Ocean explained, he regretted his decision to sign with them and therefore released his album free, without any association with DefJam. The mix tape features popular remakes of MGMT’s “Electric feel”, Coldplay’s 2009 release “Strawberry swing” and “Hotel California” by The Eagles. Perdeby takes a look at a timeline of Frank Ocean’s artistic creations.