Archives for July 2014

Great Mutations – Cheap Stuff

Looking over band sites and publicity for a while now, I often wondered what happened to the music video. It seemed as if a lot of bands I was hearing about either didn't think promoting any videos they had made was worth the effort or they hadn't actually made any that they felt worthy of sharing with their public audience. So when the Cheap Stuff … [Read more...]

TAPES shares “Waiting”

TAPES was conceived as a creative release from the monotony of daily life. In 2011, the mysterious producer left his hometown of Knoxville for an internship opportunity in San Francisco. In the following summer, he fell off the grid to write expansive, blissed-out soundscapes that stimulated his TAPES project. The sound of TAPES is elusive and … [Read more...]

Interview with Dream Boat

Greetings Page and Dan! I’ve had the good fortune to hear your upcoming sophomore album, The Rose Explodes, in its entirety, and wow, what a sublimely swoon-worthy beauty… It will be released via Cloud Recordings and Arrowhawk in September. What are the vibes like for you during this interim? Page: Thanks for the complement! We are already neck … [Read more...]

Casket Girls announce tour, ‘Secular Love’ remix

 Listen: "Secular Love" Strange Majik Remix via Earbuddy or SoundCloud  Listen  : "Secular Love" via SoundCloud The Casket Girls have announced a summer tour in support of their critically acclaimed sophomore album True Love Kills The Fairy Tale available now on CD, LP and cassette on Graveface Records. The tour will kick off on July 28 in … [Read more...]

Glen Johnson – Same Sex

Although there was a certain degree of sadness attached to the dissolution of Piano Magic - informally announced around the release of last summer’s excellent Heart Machinery rarities anthology - the knowledge that many of the main group members would carry on with other projects has been both reassuring and tantalising.  Hence, co-singer Angèle … [Read more...]

Wave Sleep Wave announce album, preview ‘Pico’ on Soundcloud

Wave Sleep Wave are a duo who sound like a gang––Jerry Adler creating harmonically and sonically breathtaking tapestries of guitar sound, punctuated with the urgent, stabbing delivery of first-rate lyrics; and Yuval Lion expertly pouring the rhythmic foundation on which this music stands. It is at once highly conceptual and deeply compelling. Most … [Read more...]

Interview With Laurent Leemans

A couple of months ago I reviewed 'Driftwood', the very well crafted and intricately performed 4th album release of The Imaginary Suitcase, the musical pseudonym of Belgian guitarist Laurent Leemans. With a career in music that now goes back almost 25 years, Leemans has much of interest to say about why and when he began to make music, bands he has … [Read more...]

Land Observations – The Grand Tour

James Brooks’ first album as Land Observations - 2012’s Roman Roads IV – XI - was a quiet revelation with its inventive melding of minimalism and pyschogeography.  In approaching this sequel, Brooks has more challenges and expectations to meet in retaining the balmy intimacy of his layered solo electric guitar soundscapes whilst moving the one-man … [Read more...]

New EP from Andrea Balency

Anderea Balency is an extremely promising and exciting artist - a 22-year-old part-Mexican, part-French producer/instrumentalist. Fans of her work include James Blake, Inc., Au Revoir Simone, Mount Kimbie and The Cure, who have all invited her to support, and Rob McAndrews (Airhead, R&A Records) who co-produced this EP. It mingles electronica, … [Read more...]

Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite

Tech death giants Allegaeon return once again to shatter the cosmos and your perception of metal with Elements of the Infinite on Metal Blade Records.  2012's Formshifter was a mind-bending foray that pushed into the upper echelons of metal releases for the year.  With that being said the bar has certainly been set and how it unfolds should be a … [Read more...]