Archives for September 2017

Highland Kites – I’m Not Weak

Highland Kites are the duo of Marissa Lamar and Neil Briggs, joined here by guitarist Alex Edwards, and I'm Not Weak is their fourth album release, although at five tracks it more probably qualifies as a mini-album. It's certainly enough to persuade the listener to peruse the Highland Kites back catalogue, however. Perhaps best or more easily … [Read more...]

Astrïd & Rachel Grimes – Through The Sparkle

As the nominative leader of Louisville legends Rachel’s, Rachel Grimes can certainly take a large chunk of credit for broadening the horizons of many post-rock aficionados into more classical views between 1991 and 2005.  Outside of her influential canon with Rachel’s, Grimes has continually spread her talents more widely; with guest spots on … [Read more...]

Faten Kanaan – Pleiade Hex 6

Following on from 2016’s cult-establishing debut solo LP The Botanist And The Archaeologist and a 7” single collaboration with Pye Corner Audio from a few months back, expectations that this second full-length album from Faten Kanaan would mark a big outward leap forward are higher than they would be for any other Polytechnic Youth signing.  … [Read more...]

Interview with Luna

Having disbanded amicably albeit somewhat wearily in 2005 soon after delivering the still satisfyingly rich and rounded Rendezvous LP it was perhaps inevitable - in this age where few acts can stay apart forever unless deterred by death or deathless animosity - that Luna would eventually reform in some capacity. Having remained creative in the … [Read more...]

T. Rex – Remixes

It's over forty years since Marc Bolan and his band first made their presence known. At a time when synthesizers were as remote from ordinary music buyers as NASA technology and colour television was still a novelty, T. Rex were at the forefront of the glam-rock movement, bands whose appearance was glitzily colourful and whose foot-stompingly … [Read more...]

Phil Lomac – “Don’t Know What Love Is”

Veteran Phil Lomac has been an essential part of several bands over the years and is equally at home in the reflective singer-songwriter mold and the dynamic rock ‘n’ roller.  Stints in bands like The Brown Root Seed Company, Ron Neill & the Eleventh Hour, and showcased his lead guitar and vocal prowess. He eventually started on the solo … [Read more...]

Interview with Oliver Cherer

A prodigious musical polymath whose varied musical guises include his multi-faceted alter-ego of Dollboy, the electro-stylings of The Assistant, the motodisco of Rhododendron and Australian Testing Labs Inc., and the freshly-minted ambient Gilroy Mere, Oliver Cherer returns to his folk heart-land with The Myth Of Violet Meek, his first orthonym … [Read more...]

Phylactery – Necromancy Enthroned

Necromancy Enthroned runs like a thrash and death metal bullet train. The album opener, "Risen Restless Dead," judders for twenty seconds before it fires off on a groove heralded by double-bass drumming. The song battles through a few changes and clings to the rails of its vitriol. Phylactery plays metal very much in the tradition of pioneers … [Read more...]