Archives for November 2017

Beaches – Second Of Spring

I will admit that Beaches were only vaguely known to me until quite recently, their name jumbled together alongside Best Coast and Beach House and one or two other similar bands whose music would appear every so often in my streaming playlists and whom I had decided were at least listenable. Some will know of them from their 2013 album She Beats … [Read more...]

Dean McPhee – Four Stones

Whilst it’s been a fair while since Dean McPhee’s last full album - 2015’s darkly probing Fatima’s Hand self-released via his Hood Faire label - the lone electric six-string explorer has been far from idle.  Besides bouts of touring, McPhee has diligently drip-fed out his wares through repeated appearances via the esoteric DIY Folklore Tapes … [Read more...]

NI – Dedoda

It isn't a word that finds a lot of use in music reviews nowadays, but if ever a band deserved be the described as 'angular', then that band is undoubtedly Austrian post-rock instrumentalists NI. Comprised of three guitarists and a drummer, NI formed around a decade ago and are continuing to pursue their artistic vision, one which takes a direct … [Read more...]

Mikael Tariverdiev – Olga Sergeevna (reissue)

With Earth Recordings and Antique Beat having exposed non-Russian audiences to an aural goldmine via 2015’s Film Music anthology and the 2016 reissue of 1975’s The Irony Of Fate soundtrack, Mikael Tariverdiev is rightfully no longer an undiscovered curiosity to those not exposed to his works from behind the once Iron Curtain.  Yet there remains … [Read more...]

Luna – Feral Child covers 7″ x 2

It’s testament to Luna’s heroic aptitude and adaptability for covers, spread across B-sides and other non-album avenues over the years, that the band’s studio comeback album A Sentimental Education - which is entirely made-up of other people’s material - didn’t seem like a lazy or disappointing cop-out to long-serving followers.  Not to confuse … [Read more...]