The Slow Summits is a four-piece pop band from Linköping, Sweden: Anders Nyberg, Lead vocals/Rhytm guitar/Percussion, Mattias Holmqvist Larsson, Bass guitar/Backing vocals, Karl Sunnermalm, Lead guitar/Acoustic guitar/Harmonica, Fredrik Svensson, Drums. In their own words, “a bunch of stressed out middle class dreamers trying to write songs that will make the late washing up, the lawn mowing on rainy days, the ironing of non-iron shirts, the paying of past due bills and the early Saturday mornings in front of a telly showing people playing video games, a bit more jolly. Hopefully our songs will make you wonder, laugh, or nod in agreement. At best, they’ll be a momentary cure for the angst of everyday life, and will make you dance till your socks come off“. Their previous releases consists in the -in some of the most indie corners of the indie establishment (like here), fairly acclaimed- EP Languid Belles and the singles Safe And Sorry, Not The One, Then Again and (Just Another) Holy Night.
A few months ago Lightning In A Twilight Hour released on the Spanish label Elefant Records, the magnificent Overwintering. this is the third album of the project led by Bobby Wratten, in collaboration with Ian Catt, Beth Arzy, Anne Mari Davies and Michael Hiscock. Her Own Refrain, the song which opens the second part of the album, is sung with Anne Mari Davies and it is a “deconstructed dub-pop. Traditional elements being removed, leaving a ghost of a song whose chorus suddenly switches into sharp focusand displays the most electronic facet of the album“. The video is a journey from darkness to light and back again, through a succession of colors that Raquel Calvo has masterfully chosen to blend with the melody of the song. A real treat for the imagination that fits perfectly with the group’s imagination.
E’ vero. Ci occupiamo davvero poco della scena musicale indipendente di casa nostra. Molto è dovuto a una mera questione di gusti personali, un po’ anche al fatto che non amiamo le polemiche e le gelosie che, purtroppo, spesso caratterizzano le discussioni intorno alla musica underground italica. Per rimediare almeno in parte, però – perché siamo convinti che anche da queste parti ci sia del buono e ce ne sia tanto, se solo si gratta un po’ sotto la superficie – il nostro Tiziano Casola (accademico, musicista e appassionato di musica tout court) ha intervistato Filippo Strang, musicista, tecnico del suono e produttore, proprietario del VDSS Studio di Ceprano (l’acronimo sta per Vintage Distorted Shitty Sound), da tanti anni un punto di riferimento per chi in Italia ambisce ad un suono caldo e genuino, completamente analogico, come quello dei dischi indie rock, ‘quelli veri’.
Mustek are a duo from Reggio Emilia (Paolo Bardelli, vocals and synths / Fabrizio Ascari, guitars, bass and programming) who would like to be a bridge between analogue and digital. They have four EPs to their credit that are a snapshot of their different periods: if in the first demo “L’Ora Inquieta” (2005) they frequented the spaces of an electronic-acoustic pop seasoned with trip-hop tinges, in “Dove Ci Siamo Incontrati” (2011) they moved on to a ‘handcrafted’ electro-pop and with “Notturno” (2015) towards more algid and cold territories, while with “Nuvole” (2020) they visited urban and psychedelic places.