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...]

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...]

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...]