Australian Testing Labs Inc. – Music For Aircooled Motoring

Although Dom Martin’s Polytechnic Youth and Deep Distance imprints were set-up - in parallel to The Great Pop Supplement label’s kaleidoscopic but now-defunct operations - to respectively capture the sounds of minimal-wave electronica and all shades of krautrock, the borders between both enterprises have become increasingly porous.  Which is … [Read more...]

Ivanna – Leaving Town

Invanna is the new moniker of the Swedish band previously known as Dolly Daggers and The Modern Love that started out in 2001.  Along with the name change comes a difference in sound with a switch from '80s-influenced pop-rock stylings to more acoustic-based arrangements.  Ludvig Sersam (vocals, guitar) composed and produced Invanna’s inaugural … [Read more...]

Thorin Loeks – Thirsty Hearts

Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Thorin Loeks hails from the Yukon, but is currently residing in Vancouver.  He released his debut album, Thirsty Hearts, in the middle of 2016 and it deeply reflects Loeks’ experiences and outlook on the journey called life. Loeks’s geographical voyages have taken him through and from Canada … [Read more...]

Piano Magic – Closure

Although 2012's Life Has Not Finished With Me Yet was to have been Piano Magic’s swansong LP, its title hid a get-back-together clause in plain sight.  With leader Glen Johnson having recently endured the end of a long-term relationship and the death of his father, the need for expansive catharsis that potentially only Piano Magic could channel, … [Read more...]

An Abbreviated Albums A-Z of 2016: From Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy to XAM Duo.

Wherever you’ve been on the geopolitical planet of 2016, there is no doubting that it’s been a turbulent and testing year, which some people would rather forget.  Hence, looking back upon the best albums of the past twelve months feels almost too trivial.  Yet, great culture is nearly always there to remind us what can still make life so enriching … [Read more...]

Julia Jacklin – Don’t Let The Kids Win

Inspired improbably by Britney Spears, Australian Julia Jacklin shares little with the "Toxic" star apart from a talent to sing well-crafted pop songs. Single "Coming Of Age" is a jaunty trip into a '90s groove and the song showcases her almost-drawling vocal style. Clearly not a girl who wants to try too hard – this is one seriously good song. … [Read more...]

The Afghan Whigs – Black Love (deluxe reissue)

Following on from The Afghan Whigs' commercially and critically crossing-over 1993 LP, Gentlemen, receiving the deserved and thoughtful deluxe treatment in late-2014, 1996’s Black Love now undergoes a twentieth anniversary edition.  Crudely speaking, if the former is a claustrophobic small-screen psychodrama about love turned beyond sour, then the … [Read more...]

Glenn Meling – “America”

Singer-songwriter and producer Glenn Meling may hail from Olso, Norway, but the geographical difference between Norway and the US doesn’t get in the way of Meling’s heartfelt Americana sound.  Meling recently released the album Minnesota, named in connection to the many migrating Norwegians settling in that state during the 1800s.  Meling himself … [Read more...]

Gert Taberner – Fallen EP

This recently released 3-song EP from singer-songwriter Gert Taberner blends mellow folk with brighter pop and R&B arrangements.  Taberner is originally from Germany, but soon after finishing his schooling he headed off to Vancouver, Canada.  He worked on his first record there before relocating once more, this time to New York where he … [Read more...]

Polytechnic Youth presents… The Home Current & Tomorrow Syndicate

Throughout 2016 Dom Martin’s Polytechnic Youth imprint has gone from strength to strength, as documented repeatedly across these very pages. Now, just ahead of the Christmas close-down, arrives two more must-collect limited 7”-sized offerings, which stretch-out the label’s self-set minimalistic boundaries even further. The first of these two … [Read more...]