ARTIST: Downhill Willows
RELEASE: Downhill Willows EP
RELEASE DATE: 04/03/16
RECORD COMPANY: Carma Music & Pitchbox Productions
German based noisy trio ‘Downhill Willows’ released their self-titled debut EP to the masses back in March 2016. With a sound that sometimes touches the outer reaches of shoegaze but sits more comfortably within the noise-rock / alt-rock stable ‘Downhill Willows’ collectively create melodic, standalone pieces of music that you will either love or hate! What I mean by that statement is that unlike many generic bands doing the rounds today who have a massive sound thats so jam packed full of different musical stylings its hard to differentiate between them at any one time, ‘Downhill Willows’ have a clear sonic sound that isn’t that hard to decipher. The band hail from Berlin and are made up of Kenneth Estrada y Santiago – Vox/Bass, Mario Graute – Drums & Stefan Sebekow – Guitar. Their self-titled debut EP is available to buy/download on various formats right now from: downhillwillows.bandcamp.com
The EP opens with sludgy/ grungy bass frequencies until that soaring lead lick takes over and we’re introduced to track one ‘Trauma’. Its very soon apparent just how melodic ‘Downhill Willows’ actually are as those brilliantly executed vocals coupled with explosive soaring guitars, pounding drums and throbbing bass lines collectively create a very entertaining opening track. Up next, ‘Limbo’ streams on a droning growling whirl as the alt-rock leaning vocal progressions drag a shuffling drum beat with it as it enters the sonic arena thus allowing the track to open up into layers of fuzzy reverberation. Track three, ‘Machines’ has a highly addictive melody drivin’ bass line that carries the entire track and prevents it from falling miserably into the sonic ether whilst ‘Silhouette’ has some beautiful touches of 60’s psychedelia with early ‘Pet Sounds’ vibes melded together with droning guitar swells and that utterly addictive vocal. ‘Downhill Willows’ noise-rock credentials are well highlighted in ‘End’s Anthem’, the EP’s penultimate track, whilst ‘Moon 17’, the EP’s closing piece, is a brilliant slice of stunning expressive shoegaze with soaring layers of fuzzy guitars pulsing through swathes of melodic reverberation & tremulous crashing cymbals.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last four years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze, DreamPop, PostPunk, PostRock & PsychRock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog – The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion. His other arm – Primal Radio – has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.