Archives for September 2015

VLY – I / (Time)

I / (Time) is the debut album by a diverse collective spread across the Atlantic Ocean. I hear spacious arrangements; I hear solid musicianship; I hear off-kilter chord progressions; but mostly I hear a band for which I am obviously not the audience. The members of VLY have long, anonymous résumés and also belong to outfits that include the … [Read more...]

Fresh LP from Ted Z and the Wranglers

Ted Z and the Wranglers, of Southern California, deliver outlaw country-charged rock. Ted's catchy story-songs are fully-realized tales of love, regret, getting older, and getting in trouble. The band stirs up its Americana influences, featuring quick picking and bluesy slide guitar over galloping train beats and swinging shuffles.  In the span of … [Read more...]

New EP from artist d.oh

d.oh is the musical moniker of one Daniel Oh, a Canadian, rock, blues, jazz, and pop-influenced electronic artist who created his hybrid sound when he was experimenting with music in his bedroom. Between and during classes at the University of Toronto, Daniel has been fervently pursuing his true passion - music.  His new, self-deprecatingly titled … [Read more...]

Tullia Benedicta – Anteros

Although never a label to discourage the collaborative tangling of its artists and their shared musical influences, the Italian-born and now London-based Tullia Benedicta is perhaps the first younger artist to be openly inspired by the work of Second Language's co-founder Glen Johnson and his work leading Piano Magic.  Previously a member of … [Read more...]

New LP from In Gowan Ring

B'ee is a leading figure in psychedelic folk, who has recorded under the pseudonyms In Gowan Ring and Birch Book since the mid-90s. The Serpent and the Dove is his 8th album. It is also In Gowan Ring's 5th album after a 13-year hiatus. A modern-day troubadour, B'ee makes his own instruments, travels the world and brings back a myriad of musical … [Read more...]

The Virgance – Paradigm 3

In July of this year, when I was reviewing a compilation of new music by Shoegaze bands (The Revolution: The Shoegaze Revival album) I noticed a distinctive variation of approach towards the music, with the Traditionalists recreating the sounds of those bands recognised as the most influential (among them Slowdive, Ride, Cocteau Twins and MBV) and … [Read more...]

Debut album from Starlight Girls

There’s something about Halloween season that fits this six-piece Bushwick band’s siren allure and gothic-tinged theatricality. Their poetic lyrics are inspiring, channeled by a unique energy-driven mix of surf, pop, and noise with a bit of metal for good measure. Founder and lead singer Christina B played keyboards and sang as part of her … [Read more...]

Yassou releases 5 video-only songs

  It's been argued that we see music more than we hear music; a phenomenon that began with "Girls On Film" and grows with every viral, visual interpretation that corresponds to an artist's output. Fully submersing themselves in this ideology, Yassou has taken the opportunity to do what bands and solo artists should have started doing years … [Read more...]

Madison – Wonderland EP

Delightful dance-pop darling Madison shines brightly on her latest captivating EP titled Wonderland.  The NYC-based but globe-trotting singer-songwriter has a total of four catchy, upbeat EPs to her name, including the 5-track Wonderland which arrived in late-July.  Madison adds heaps of pizzazz to the overcrowded electro-pop dancefloor and she … [Read more...]

Blank Realm – Illegals In Heaven

The evolution of Brisbane’s Blank Realm from embryonic psyche-rockers to power-pop chameleons over the last five years has been one of most gratifying artistic success stories of the revived Australian independent music scene.  Building on the cocoon-shedding diversity of the lo-fi Deja What? (2010), the frenetic full-flight precision of Go Easy … [Read more...]