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Ormonde – Cartographer/Explorer

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I listened to Cartographer/Explorer and wondered about exactly how I could write about it. Most of the albums I hear and that I write about lend themselves easily to a review article, but Ormonde have given me something to think about with this release. Right from the first minute or so of opening track "Beach" it's obvious that Robert Gomez and … [Read more...]

Various Artists – Psych For Sore Eyes 2

Various Artists - Psych For Sore Eyes 2

It’s been a richly productive and transformative year for Sonic Cathedral.  No longer just an ostensible outpost for those who never forgave Ride for Carnival Of Light or those that kept the faith to enable this year’s Slowdive reunion, the label has broadened its horizons to take in the self-rejuvenating solo works of Luna’s Dean Wareham, the … [Read more...]

Virginia Wing – Measures Of Joy

Virginia Wing - Measures Of Joy

What a difference some time, self-practice, touring and label support can make.  After embryonic cassette, 7” single and 12” EP releases through Sex Beat, Critical Heights and Faux Discx, respectively, South London’s Virginia Wing at last reach a first full LP staging post via Fire Records. Sounding like a band transformed; from one with a … [Read more...]

Nightbringer – Ego Dominus Tuus

Nightbringer - Ego Dominus Tuus

Nightbringer has been lurking around for about 15 years now blasting dark, blasphemous black metal across the nether realms.  The group's latest release, Ego Dominus Tuus, on Season of Mist caught my eye and I had to devour this music.  This album marks their fourth full length release to date. Nightbringer invoke a dark, brooding atmosphere and … [Read more...]

Weird Womb – Laziness EP

Weird Womb: Laziness

Nu wave rockers Weird Womb unveiled their EP Laziness at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn with fellow acts The Gondoliers, Slavve and Tape Deck Mountain. Hailing from Tucson, Arizona, the band have created a six track album that stands against the “rock/punk is dead” claims, with garage rock tracks like “Tanned Tits” delivering gritty vocals by way of … [Read more...]

Violet Woods – self-titled

Violet Woods - self-titled

Having debuted in late-2012 with the sublime Raw Love 7” for The Great Pop Supplement label and the dreamy download-only “Driftwood Royalty” single, it’s taken some time for the Cambridge-grown Violet Woods to fashion an album-sized release.  After two immersive sessions in the analogue Aladdin’s Cave of London’s Soup Studios during the course of … [Read more...]

White Arrows – In Bardo

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Their second or as second albums are often known as, their sophomore release, White Arrows may find themselves described as variously Psych-Pop, Tropical Pop or any other phrase that bands are labelled as, but they've created an album that deftly slides without difficulty into any of those categories and pushes the techno style they give us one or … [Read more...]

Various Artists – 5 Years Of Bedroom Suck Records

Various Artists - 5 Years of Bedroom Suck Records

The Australian music scene has been in remarkably rude health of late with the likes of Tame Impala and Courtney Barnett moving from the country’s musical margins to the heart of the globalised indie world.  Beavering a little more in the background of this new wave of creative fecundity - though certainly not flagging behind - is the … [Read more...]

Western Education – Let Your Secrets Out

Western Education - Let Your Secrets Out

Earlier this year, Western Education released their debut album Let Your Secrets Out. The quartet, which was formed by lead singer Greg Alexandropoulos at UMass, describe their band as “A modern indie-dance blend of The Killers, Interpol and Muse”.  It's about time to check out this Lowell based band. Both album opener "Peace" and closing songs … [Read more...]

Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy – Songs from the Real World Vol 2 (Commissioned Songs)

Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy - Songs from the Real World Vol 2 (Commissioned Songs)

Steve Kilbey (of The Church) and Martin Kennedy (of All India Radio) have teamed up again, producing a 2nd batch of warm and enjoyable commissioned songs, each crafted to the thematic specifications of the client.  The lyrics and tone of most of the tunes emphasize the joy and fulfillment of familial bonds and human connection.  Relationships of … [Read more...]