Archives for October 2017

Snow Palms – Origin And Echo

Although latterly less prolific in releasing recorded wares, veteran Ellis Island Sound, Phelan Sheppard and State River Widening polymath David Sheppard certainly hasn’t curbed his sonic ambitions.  Last heard officially in 2015 on his first proper solo LP Vertical Land - which sailed multi-instrumentalist ingenuity and erudite magpie-like … [Read more...]

Interview with Katie English (Isnaj Dui)

A founder member of neo-classical outfit littlebow, bucolic miniaturists The Sly And Unseen and part of Antipodean-gothic traders The Doomed Birds Of Providence, the Wire beloved composer/flautist Katie English is best known for her sequence of innovative and stealthily genre-busting instrumental albums in her guise of Isnaj Dui. Released on the … [Read more...]

Black Horse Motel – Parable

Something like five or so years ago Mumford And Sons set a standard for alt.folk that spawned a legion of tributes, with any number of country-punk influenced performers emulating their hard-edged, raucously crowd-pleasing and relentlessly upbeat sound. Inevitably, after a year or two that format began to lose its inspiration somewhat, and it … [Read more...]

Glassmaps – Strangely Addicted

Joel Stein, lead guitarist of Australian indie-rockers Howling Bells, demonstrates a keen ear for melody on his solo album, Strangely Addicted. Under the band name Glassmaps, Stein, with help from Howling Bells drummer Glenn Moule, debuts with ten tracks of infectious, understated pop-rock songs. The album offers sonic variety, all unified by … [Read more...]

New Sincerity Works – Wonder Lust

Cincinnati, Ohio-based New Sincerity Works originated in the summer of 2014 via Mike Tittel of The Loud Family and The Roger Klug Power Trio.  Tittel (songwriter, vocals, guitar, drums, keyboards) is joined by Roger Klug (guitar, vocals), Lauren Bray (vocals, keyboards), Greg Tudor (drums, vocals, pedal steel), Bob Nyswonger (bass, vocals), and … [Read more...]

Bark Psychosis – Hex (reissue)

Although namechecked frequently as a British post-rock milestone, it’s doubtful that many people - besides dedicated Discogs diggers - have acquired a decent copy of Bark Psychosis’s 1994 album Hex for some time due to its long stint in out-of-print purgatory.  Certainly though, members of Dakota Suite, Piano Magic, Last Harbour, Savoy Grand and … [Read more...]

A.R.C. Soundtracks – DERELICTION​/​/​MIRROR

Although the geographically-scattered and now hiatus-prone Last Harbour appear to have been supplanted by A.R.C. Soundtracks as the primary vehicle for shared co-founders David Armes and Kevin Craig, it’s certainly not restricted the twosome’s creative range. Quite the contrary in fact, as this third even deeper-reaching album attests.  In our … [Read more...]

Wooden Arms – Trick Of The Light

In my most used music player, the one that I place albums and tracks into for reviewing purposes, there is an unnamed album file containing six also unnamed tracks, an album that I've had for about three years and which every so often I play once more. It is a bit unusual musically, a mixture of alt.folk and orchestral strings that isn't really … [Read more...]

Interview with Angèle David-Guillou

Four years on from the elegantly grand piano-led compositions that comprised her given-name debut album Kourouma, the French-born London-based Angèle David-Guillou - formerly of Piano Magic and song-based solo alias Klima - returns with the rhythmically fascinating, melodically accomplished and simply rather beautiful En Mouvement on the Village … [Read more...]

Memory Drawings – The Nearest Exit

Whether by accident or design it feels apt that this third album from Memory Drawings should appear - as did 2014’s preceding There Is No Perfect Place - somewhere between the fading edge of summer and the shortening days of autumn.  Picking-up where its prequel pretty much left off, The Nearest Exit finds the Anglo-American conglomeration of Joel … [Read more...]