Autobahn – The Moral Crossing

Looking at Autobahn's second album, its darkly mordant sleeve, the band's name, the post-industrial and gothic connotations that these inevitably provoke, it would seem only too easy to dismiss the Leeds band as Eighties revivalists, re-configuring the riffs and lyrical themes of the likes of Killing Joke, Sisters Of Mercy and indeed Joy Division, … [Read more...]

Virginia Wing / Xam Duo – Tomorrow’s Gift

With December’s record label schedules bloated by boxsets, reissues and novelty artefacts, it’s a relief to still find late-in-the-year releases appearing with something fresh.  Enter then, this charmed collaborative affair from London’s Virginia Wing and Yorkshire’s Xam Duo.  With already burgeoning kudos building around the two outfits in recent … [Read more...]

Galkin – Clear Customs

There hasn't been quite so much of what I used to call psych-rock around recently, or so it seemed. The third album from the Toronto-based Galkin certainly qualifies as that, and while his influences appear to include Beck, Steely Dan, The Asteroid #4 and - somewhere inevitably - the assorted works of Anton Newcombe, the ten tracks that make … [Read more...]

Joss Cope – Unrequited Lullabies

Having been released in early-October on the Gare Du Nord record label Unrequited Lullabies is a party already in full swing, so apologies from both DOA and your humble reviewer for our tardiness. We mean to have fun now that we're here. Deciding if Joss Cope is on or under the radar is a tough call. Having first pitched up, alongside older … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]