Archives for August 2014

We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unravelling

One thing that happens in the music industry with some regularity is that bands tend to release albums in the autumn, rather than in the summer months. Looking over the half dozen or so upcoming releases presently occupying my in tray and wondering which of these I wanted to write about I picked on Unravelling despite its release not happening … [Read more...]

TOYDRUM – “Void and Form”

"Void and Form" is the haunting new track from UNKLE/Mo' Wax members Pablo Clements and James Griffith side project TOYDRUM, and it is a ripper. Early on the clash of the synthesizers and guitars have you conflicted as to where the tone of the track will go, but it quickly sets in on a slow rising, ominous path that has you hanging of every … [Read more...]

H/\N/\H Debuts ‘Out Of Touch’

HɅNɅH’s debut single, "Out of Touch" presents a lush and exotic layering of musical genres, weaving elements of soul, electronic, and indie sensibility into a into a fresh, ethereal sound which transports the listener into a dreamy, rhythmic realm. The Brooklyn based vocalist infuses her music with palpable soul, and mesmerizing soundscapes.  Keep … [Read more...]

New Single from UK space-rock sextet Ex Comets in September

Ex Comets is a brand new band made up of six lost cosmonauts from Leicester, via Groom Lake.  Think a Grandaddy, Pixies, and Fugazi super-group playing live in spacesuits on Paradise Ranch and you're  somewhere in the right solar system.  This October the band will be making its live debut playing shows with Amazing Snakeheads, Joanna Gruesome, and … [Read more...]

Richard Thompson – Acoustic Classics

Despite the fact Richard Thompson has claimed that this new collection of fourteen acoustically-re-rendered old songs was cut primarily to cater for fresh-converts looking for a simple selection to pick up from his live show merch table - a point reinforced by the cheap tour-CD-like packaging - it’s hard to not suspect that there were other … [Read more...]

Loudon Wainwright III – Haven’t Got The Blues (Yet)

Having contemplated his own mortality and superannuated status on 2012’s guest-filled Older Than My Old Man Now, with heavy dollops of his trademark wit and special knack for pathos, Loudon Wainwright III still seems far away from packing-away his guitar and putting his feet up as he returns with Haven’t Got The Blues (Yet).  Turning down the … [Read more...]

Mia Doi Todd to release her 10th Album in September

Mia Doi Todd's latest offering, Floresta - her 10th album --  grew from a seed.  It was Brazilian music!  So many forests grew, and flowers bloomed, and humankind lived and loved and despaired. In March of 2014, Los Angeles singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd spent ten days at the beautiful Estúdio El Rocha in São Paulo, Brazil and recorded an album of … [Read more...]

Dangerous Muse – “Fame Kills” video

Mike Furey has unveiled a ‘spectacular Spectacular’ (to borrow a phrase from Baz Luhrmann’s  Moulin Rouge) for “Fame Kills” under his music project moniker Dangerous Muse.  The original song debuted in 2011 and is a thrillingly epic electro-synth track that is achingly melancholic and dreamily romantic – and totally danceable.  “Fame Kills” … [Read more...]

Athens Intensified Music Fest September 11, 12, 13, & 20

The 2014 Athens Intensified will take place September 11, 12, 13, & 20 in beautiful downtown Athens, Georgia. Now in its third year, the festival is undertaking its most ambitious lineup yet. It has expanded from two nights in a single venue to four nights across two weekends in five venues. This year’s headliners are Atlanta’s forceful and … [Read more...]

Silver Servants – self-titled

The collection of artists that have made up the Second Language roster since the label’s inception in 2009 have never shied away from collaboration or exploring shared ideas, whether it be through a myriad of themed compilations or via the direct intermingling of musicians across separate albums.  This new - but long-in-the-works - project takes … [Read more...]