An interior tale of (literal!) quiet regret delivered in a late night, post-rock package. A hopeful tune in times of trouble. And a polyrhythmic electronica excursion that draws all the right comparisons.
It’s Radio Free Lightning Bug’s weekly Pack of Three, friends.
Find your favourite below!
“Quiet Regret” by Transistor Girl
Name: Transistor Girl
From: Geneva, Switzerland
Sound: Quietly brooding and compellingly tense and atmospheric post-rock awash with electronics and echoey guitar.
Story: Some songs tell grand narratives of high drama. Others tell stories that happen only in the most fleeting thoughts and collected emotional geography. No points for guessing where this track falls, kids. This song touches on themes that the title only teases at, with the slow build of the music bringing it to fruition via movie soundtrack influences and smoky, downcast vocals. This is one to listen to with the headphones on, lights out.
“In Circles” by Lightning Echoes
Name: Lightning Echoes
From: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sound: Optimistic and texturally varied folk-pop with earnest, hopeful lyrics sung in real, untreated voices.
Story: In an increasingly uncertain world, having some encouraging and hopeful anthems is welcome – even necessary. This is certainly one of them from producer/performer/multi-instrumentalist duo Kaitlin Deavy and Alejandro Zarazúa who go by the name Lightning Echoes. The two met while studying music technology and production, with their partnership flourishing out of creating work for their portfolios, and based on a common love for smart pop music that goes beyond the expected. “In Circles” is their debut single.
“Counterpart” by Cubicolor
From: London, UK and Amsterdam, Holland
Sound: Haunting electronica with jazzy flourishes, ominous strings, and quietly menacing textures.
Story: Radiohead and Massive Attack comparisons abound with this trio made up of Dutch producers Ariaan Olieroock and Peter Kriek, and British producer / lead vocalist Tim Digby-Bell. Those comparisons are ultimately pretty justifiable. On this track, their newest single, they deliver the sonic richness contained within aural environments that are equal parts compelling and foreboding to easily place them in that company. The single is a follow-up to their debut album, 2016’s Brainsugar.
Time to round up your impressions, everyone. What are your thoughts? How have the above rocked your world, or kept it from rocking in the best possible way?
Do tell, and as always,