• black feelings Black Feelings (LP, £3.95)

    label: Alien8

    Black Feelings are the essence of a power trio: each member of the three-piece exhibiting a great deal of power while the whole remains balanced. Consisting of two former members of Montrealís Les Angles Morts, the band has developed a unique hybrid of the British post punk and experimental scenes that spawned the likes of This Heat, Gang of Four and the Pop Group with heavy traces of psychedelic-goth and cold wave. Like American band The Liars, Black Feelingsí penchant for combining a variety of influences to conjure up a sound that is both retro and vitally fresh at the same time. The bandís main vocalist and drummer Owain Lawson is kept busy as he sings and holds down the rhythm section alongside fellow founding member and bassist Brian Mitchell, while the sound is rounded out with shimmering guitar and synth flourishes provided by Kyle Fostner. Listening to Black Feelings' debut is never dull, as moody vibes ebb and flow throughout the long player carried by propulsive bass and drums. For a small band these guys have a huge sound. The drums have an almost war song intensity that helps drive the music alongside the bass, guitars and synth all the while delivering really catchy anthemic songs. The feeling one experiences listening to this is very positive, yet with a lingering feelings of darkness hiding in the shadows. For this full length they have enlisted the help of engineer Mark Lawson, whose credits include Arcade Fire, Beirut, Final Fantasy, Akron Family and The Unicorns to name a few. The recording is adorned with beautiful artwork courtesy of ex-Aids Wolf guitarist Chris Taylor. Tracks : 1 Lost Rings Pt. 1 4:37, 2 Hidden Dance 6:17, 3 Gails 3:48, 4 Golden Children 3:10, 5 Lost Rings Pt. 2 5:43, 6 Eternal Bad Trip 4:21, 7 VH135 3:31, 8 Aum SHinrikyo 4:45

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