Archives for October 2009

Aficionado – The Myth About Real Life

About a year and a half ago, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Aficionado via their fantastic Circus Music album. It was a very innovative, skillful and fun record from a band of masterful arrangers who still maintain the carefree energy and rebellion of High School recluses. Their follow up is the short but sweet EP The Myth About Real … [Read more...]

Richard Hawley – Truelove’s Gutter

You can attempt to make different kinds of music. Try and write stuff that’s cluttered, busy and overabundant; try and make something quiet and solemn with a tendency to drag; even try to make something loud but inviting with rich hooks – but whatever you do, don’t ever fool yourself into thinking anyone can do it. Richard Hawley has, quietly, … [Read more...]

Short Takes

Brian Buckley Band - "Mother's Day" single self-released The first thing that really strikes you about this song is Buckley's interesting voice. The first few lines are delivered in a hushed tone, but when this guy breaks into that powerful falsetto you swear he could move mountains. The poignant lyrics about a new mother losing her baby … [Read more...]

Album from dboy released in November

IVOLV alternative present “remember the light and believe the light” the new album from dboy dboy, the singer/songwriter based in west yorkshire releases his first full length album on IVOLV. these 12 new tracks come hot on the heels of the singles “people are fragile”, ”off to war” and ”broken in a musical landscape dominated by new technology … [Read more...]

A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Ashes Grammar

A Sunny Day in Glasgow seemingly came out of nowhere a few years back with a delightfully klangy and blissed-out EP, The Sunniest Day Ever, an even klangier and more blissed-out full-length, Scribble Mural Comic Journal, and a loosely gorgeous and lengthy tour EP, Tout New Age. All of this music was both arty and accessible in the best ways, … [Read more...]

The Lovely Eggs – “Haunt Me Out!”

“Haunt Me Out!” by The Lovely Eggs appears just in time for Halloween festivities and, in the words of Holly and David (or is that Twin Peaks?), “The Eggs are NOT what they seem!!”  This new single is available as an extremely limited release of 100 CD copies (with the Twin Peaks mystique continuing on the b-sides “It’s Spooky” and “Rappin’ In … [Read more...]

Casper & The Cookies – Modern Silence

The songs on Modern Silence alternately exasperate and enthuse as the band rummages through the past 50 or so years of musical history filtered through a lo-fi, indie, pop/rock lens.  The band line-up consists of Jason NeSmith (ex-member of Of Montreal) on guitar and vocals, Jim Hix on guitar and vocals, and Kay Stanton on bass and vocals (with Joe … [Read more...]

Throw Me The Statue – Creaturesque

Throw Me The Statue is officially a band, now that the project has grown from the one-man bedroom-pop stylings of Scott Reitherman to include drummer Jarred Grimes and multi-instrumentalists Aaron Goldman and Charlie Smith. And, while the production work of Phil Ek (The Shins, Built To Spill, Band Of Horses) has helped integrate the new players and … [Read more...]

New album from Fieldhead in November

Leeds resident Paul Elam records his solo works as Fieldhead. Paul is a full-time member of The Declining Winter (featuring members of Hood) and a member of Glissando's Fleeting Glimpse Ensemble. Fieldhead releases They Shook Hands for Hours through Home Assembly Music on November 2nd. The release comes as a 10 track CD album, with a limited … [Read more...]

Owen Tromans & the Elders – The Fall of Acre

The snake is an animal rich with imagery and significance. It’s best known as the evil serpent that tempted Eve in The Bible. So it goes without saying that the context animals can and do represent is substantial. On another note, contrary to popular belief, the raven was the first animal that came out of Noah’s ark and not the dove. These elements … [Read more...]