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Greater Lengths – An All Saints Compilation

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Founded in either 1991 or 1992 depending on which website you think the more accurate, All Saints records began life as an outlet for some of the lesser known works of Brian Eno, who was soon joined on the label by artistes as influential and actually revered as Roedelius, Djivan Gasparyan, Harold Budd and John Cale, and I would like to tell you … [Read more...]

Nachtmystium – The World We Left Behind

Nachtmystium - The World We Left Behind

The World We Left Behind on Century Media was supposed to be Nachtmystium's last album according to founding member and lead singer Blake Judd.  Fans can now rest easy as he has stated that there will be more psychedelic black metal madness for the masses.  This is good news considering that the band split in 2013 after Blake Judd's arrest for … [Read more...]

Memory Drawings – There Is No Perfect Place

Memory Drawings - There Is No Perfect Place

Following on from 2012’s blink-and-you-missed-it Music For Another Loss long-player for Second Language, comes the second studio set from the Anglo-American outfit Memory Drawings, this time for the Halifax micro-label Hibernate.  Once again built around the core talents of hammered dulcimer connoisseur and percussionist Joel Hanson, violinist … [Read more...]

E – “I Want To Feel Good” b/w “Great Light”

E - "I Want To Feel Good" b/w "Great Light"

In the rush to exploit the revived and seemingly insatiable lust for vinyl in 12”-sized portions, the forever durable 7” single is currently being squeezed out of its market share again (except of course in the case of releases on Jack White’s Third Man label or for fan-fleecing exclusives, reissues or novelty items on Record Store Day).  But the … [Read more...]

We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unravelling

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One thing that happens in the music industry with some regularity is that bands tend to release albums in the autumn, rather than in the summer months. Looking over the half dozen or so upcoming releases presently occupying my in tray and wondering which of these I wanted to write about I picked on Unravelling despite its release not happening … [Read more...]

TOYDRUM – “Void and Form”

TOYDRUM - "Void and Form"

"Void and Form" is the haunting new track from UNKLE/Mo' Wax members Pablo Clements and James Griffith side project TOYDRUM, and it is a ripper. Early on the clash of the synthesizers and guitars have you conflicted as to where the tone of the track will go, but it quickly sets in on a slow rising, ominous path that has you hanging of every … [Read more...]

Richard Thompson – Acoustic Classics

Richard Thompson - Acoustic Classics

Despite the fact Richard Thompson has claimed that this new collection of fourteen acoustically-re-rendered old songs was cut primarily to cater for fresh-converts looking for a simple selection to pick up from his live show merch table - a point reinforced by the cheap tour-CD-like packaging - it’s hard to not suspect that there were other … [Read more...]

Loudon Wainwright III – Haven’t Got The Blues (Yet)

Loudon Wainwright III - Haven’t Got The Blues (Yet)

Having contemplated his own mortality and superannuated status on 2012’s guest-filled Older Than My Old Man Now, with heavy dollops of his trademark wit and special knack for pathos, Loudon Wainwright III still seems far away from packing-away his guitar and putting his feet up as he returns with Haven’t Got The Blues (Yet).  Turning down the … [Read more...]

Silver Servants – self-titled

Silver Servants - self-titled

The collection of artists that have made up the Second Language roster since the label’s inception in 2009 have never shied away from collaboration or exploring shared ideas, whether it be through a myriad of themed compilations or via the direct intermingling of musicians across separate albums.  This new - but long-in-the-works - project takes … [Read more...]

Panopticon – Roads to the North

Panopticon - Roads to the North

Panopticon have garnered quite a lot of praise in the metal underground as of late and with just cause.  Kentucky, which was released in 2012, seemed to propel the band to a cult-like status, with their blend of atmospheric black metal and folk music.  Roads to the North on Bindrune is the latest from Austin Lunn and his astounding array of guest … [Read more...]