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Review of 'Escape II' album by bloodhounds on my trail on Moon Sounds Records

Bloodhounds On My Trail are Johnny Green (guitar, vocals), Chris Donaldson (guitar), Nik Donaldson (drums) and Ché Walden (bass). Rooted in their joint love of shoegaze bands, ranging from the late 1980s to early 90s, Bloodhounds On My Trail aim to fuse the rhythmic underpinnings of bands like the Velvet Underground and the Stooges with the infectious stylings of shoegaze luminaries such as Cocteau Twins and Slowdive.
Since playing their first show in February 2014, the band has been blossoming through a whirlwind combination of live shows, festivals and recording sessions. Their music was met with positive reactions, encouraging press, and opportunities to play with notable Australian artists such as Lowtide, Contrast, and White Walls.2015 also seen the band gain momentum with appearances at local gaze festivals alongside Flying Colours, Immigrant Union, Black Cab and Day Ravies.
Escape II was released on Moon Sounds Records in December 2015.
This album has a great vibe, a huge sound with a great presence. The vocals are excellent with a dreamy and ethereal feel and the bass and drumming provide a solid foundation. There’s some excellent synth sounds and great distorted guitar tones too.
A jangly guitar riff to open with an atmospheric background synth, the song has a great chilled vibe propelled by solid bass and drumming. The vocals are excellent having a dreamy, ethereal presence.
Great atmospheric opening, the drumming enters to give a great momentum. The guitar riff provides an excellent tension and I like the way the vocals site low in the mix. Great changes of feel from distorted to a more acoustic sound.
Old Fools
Another great jangly riff to open, the drumming builds to the introduction of an excellent distorted toned guitar. I like the way the bass is quite subtle but provides a solid momentum for the guitar to weave around. The vocals are excellent again, sitting low in the mix gives a dreamy feel, a bit like a half heard conversation.
Silence, it’s Golden
This song has a great atmospheric string type synth sound to open, drumming enters to give a great momentum. The subtle guitar riff works really well. The vocals are more upfront and there’s a really good change of feel when the distorted guitar enters.
She’s in My Plans
There’s a tension to the opening subtle strummed guitar chords and drone type of sound. The jangly guitar riff adds a great element and the drumming, bass and distorted guitar enter to give an excellent momentum. It’s a big, brilliant sound with great movement complimented really well by the vocals. The song has hypnotic qualities with an edge of tension.
Jolly (Ummagma mix)
This is an excellent remix, it’s subtle whilst retaining the essence of the original but adding some drone / soundscape elements and a hint of glitch too.
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