American Sound, Robert Sotelo, Ali sha Sha, Great Area

American Sound is a new project from Tom Hirst of Design A Wave. Taking the more ambient instrumental moments of Design A Wave as a starting point, American Sound sets of in a more grunge-y direction with a drop-D-tuned guitar in hand. Tom previously played keyboard in the band Cleckhuddersfax and was also heavily involved in the production of Ravioli Me Away’s opera, The View From Behind the Futuristic Rose Trellis.

Robert Sotelo is a mercurial melodist building a resplendent world of pristine DIY pop from the ground up. The Glasgow-based artist’s songs are meticulously crafted, patchworked together with eclectic arrangements and ardent vocal performances. Each of his albums to date has been accompanied by a growth-spurt, 2017’s debut ‘Cusp’ was packed with miniature psych overtures, whilst 2018’s ‘Botanical’ was more keyboard-minded and playful with a near-absurdist palette of sound. ‘Infinite Sprawling’ came out towards the end of 2019 and surprised with songs pulled together like a wakeful stretch, brisk with a lightness of touch. This was neatly followed by ‘Leap & Bounce’ melding a sparse synth-pop minimalism to an emotional undertow.

Ali sha Sha’s debut EP explores her personal experiences of movement and desire. They are sketches of candle flame moments of dancing, journeys to the country, and reactions against political events that limit our freedoms.

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