The Retroaction brings the gritty groove of the 60s and 70s to the modern day. In 2016 the band won the "Best new group award" at the Hamilton Music awards. Keith Mosfet and Thomas Duxbury originally started playing together as a backing band for a local songwriter with Thomas on Bass but eventually decided to form their own band. Soon after Charles Kostash joined on bass along with Raul Gutierrez on drums. Collectively the band is inspired by groups such as The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who, along with newer groups such as Arctic Monkeys, The Orwells, Black Keys, Alvvays, and The White Stripes.
"The video itself is a fun take on the exploration of our record collection. While the players hand is examining some of the classic and humorous records, the lyrics for the single are displayed along with band themselves. The lyrics for the song were written about the idea of loving a stranger, the brief moment of imaging life with them. The inspiration came when Keith had a large crush on a neighbor, the opportunity to speak with her never came up, but there was an energy, looks, and an obvious attraction. Once on a stormy night he witnessed her running from her car in their shared parking lot to her apartment below. "Tonight I seen you running, running in the rain. Thats how I know theirs something, I hope to see you again. But ill just keep on waitin', waiting for you. My heart is slowing breaking, I guess i'm drinking for two.""
Ali Murray is an ethereal folk songwriter/musician from the cold isle of Lewis in the north of Scotland. He writes dark atmospheric folk music with lush sweeping dreamy soundscapes and Celtic-twinged instrumentation. His new album LAND OF EVERGONE strikes a balance that is intimate and soaring, peaceful and haunting, sad and quietly joyful, delicately reverberating with Murray's dreamy voice and guitar playing.
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.