BANJO OR FREAKOUT: Banjo Or Freakout.With no banjos and the lack of anything particularly freaky, the name adopted by London-based Alessio Natalizia must remain something of an enigma wrapped up in sonic art. He paints often fragile, sometimes swirling, dreamlike soundscapes that could relax, intrigue or simply leave you feeling woozy. Things certainly get interesting when he introduces 60s shimmering guitar into the mix, but at other times it appears so much in a loop he could have popped off down the pub and you’d never have known. There’s certainly longevity to it apart, of course, From Everyone Above which is a dream about drowning in a green and blue sea.
SUCIOPERRO: The Heart String And How To Pull It.The Scottish band is not afraid to think with titles such as I Jumped Into The Heart Of A Black Situation and Ideals Have Value which may seem strange for a band with a name that sounds like a Premiership football player. At first there’s a real sense of urgency and intensity with the buzzy guitars giving off a hypnotic sensation, but as it unwinds mood, rhythm, pace and intensity changes so it ends up more a showcase of their variety.