It’s not often we get to review the music of artists from Alaska. We’ve written about Paul Jacks before, who comes to us from Anchorage, the capital, whose long, bone-shatteringly cold winters, and closeness to active volcanos, make it a place highly likely to stir up creativity in even the most frozen of hearts.
Future West returns with ‘See What I See’, the follow up to ‘Human’, which was released back in February. Out yesterday, June 14, ‘See What I See’ is a retro-tinged synth-led track which sees Future West imploring an unknown other person to skip town with them. It’s a full-on bop with a super-catchy chorus.
If you follow Neil Arthur on Instagram you’ll be familar with his posts where he photographs an obscure object and asks his followers what it’s a picture of – mostly with the caption, “Ask the family?”. The answers are many and varied, but always showing humour and thought, sometimes spot on and sometimes wide of the mark.
The new album from Tim Muddiman & The Strange, ‘Domino Blitz’ feels like it draws something from Bowie’s ‘Diamond Dogs’. There’s a distinctly dystopian vibe to the twelve track record, the follow up to Tim’s 2016 debut, ‘Paradise Runs Deeper’. It’s dark and deep, and moody, but it’s what you might expect from Muddiman if you’re familiar with his previous releases.
Nightmare Air comprises Dave Dupuis, Swaan Miller, and Jimmy Lucido. The trio are based in Los Angeles and shred up the stage with guitars, drums, and “meticulously layered boy-girl harmonies”. Their studio albums are sublime, their stage performances even more so. Not quite shoegaze, not quite full blown rock, the band’s music is possibly best described as “shoegaze with a rocky edge”.