New Music – Augustus & John, Grounds For Invasion, Guerre
A brace of duos from Galway and a solo act from Sydney in this week’s New Music round-up
Powerful and evocative electronic pop with a few twists in the tail from Michael Smalle (formerly of Cane 141 and B-Movie Lightning) and Italian producer and musician Matteo Grassi. The Galway-based duo’s “Crosslines” EP is full of tantalising sounds and possibilities, especially the title track.
Dark, enticing, old-school beats and beeps with strong, striking, confident and fully-realised lyrics and vocals is what’s on offer from college radio buddies Will O’Connor and Tracy Friel. The Galway-based duo’s debut EP is a rich, rewarding listen and bodes well for the debut album due later this year.
From Sydney, Guerre makes music for the twitchy small hours. New track “Tuk” from forthcoming debut album “Ex Nihilo” for the Yes Please label catches him hard at work on a deep, idiosyncratic blend of off-kilter synths and beats.