Short Takes (Everlost US, The Grand Undoing & Tumbler)

Everlost US – “I’m Doing My Best” Everlost US is the musical project of the Orlando, Florida-based Jared Kay and his one-man-band approach sounds more like a scorchin’ five-member group than that of a solo musician.  Kay played in several bands before deciding to blaze a trail on his own, releasing a debut EP in 2014.  He recently released his … [Read more...]

Rattle – self-titled

A micro-super-group of sorts - birthed from Nottingham's fecund yet overlooked art-rock community curated by labels like Gringo Records, Hello Thor and I Own You - the onomatopoeically-named-on-purpose Rattle combine the twin talents of Katharine Eira Brown (of jammy psych-rockers Kogumaza) and Theresa Wrigley (from feisty noise-pop outfit Fists).  … [Read more...]

Gravitysays_i – Quantum Unknown

Their first album in over five years, Gravitysays_i are perhaps a well-known outfit in the further reaches of the progressive scene, although prior to this the Greek band were entirely unknown to this reviewer, despite their having formed in 2003 and Quantum Unknown being their third full-length release. Listening to the album in its entirety only … [Read more...]

Short Takes (Jane In Space, Mac Gollehon, The Departure, & Ajay Mathur)

Jane in Space – “Feel it Alive” The members of the industrial-rock-inclined Jane in Space may pound the pavement of New York City, but their sound is in the amorphous atmosphere above the Earth.  The act’s self-titled debut album is slated for lift-off on August 19th.  The trio is composed of Tom Vickers (vocals), a known actor and voice-over … [Read more...]

The Chills – Kaleidoscope World (reissue) / Martin Phillipps – Live At The Moth Club

The Chills’ fraught existence is mired in labyrinthine label legalities and personal tragedies, frequently obscuring access to an often flawed but very often loveable body of work.  Slowly and laterally though, the band’s sprawling songbook is being reopened for long-suffering followers and those converted off the back of last year’s long-gestated … [Read more...]

Noname – Telefone

Hip-hop fans have long been awaiting a debut project from Chicago rapper Noname. Formerly known as Noname Gypsy, Noname made a name for herself via a flurry of guest spots on songs from Chicago artists like Mick Jenkins and Chance The Rapper. Her talent was obvious  - but for years, listeners lived without a full-fledged project, and without a real … [Read more...]

DownTown Mystic – “Dead End Space”

Hailing from the Garden State (that would be New Jersey) which has produced greats like Bruce Springsteen, Robert Allen flourishes under the moniker of DownTown Mystic.  His traditional rock ‘n’ roll and Americana songs emanate Tom Petty and The Boss-like vibes, while also radiating a bit of classic British rock at times. DownTown Mystic entered … [Read more...]

Rachel Mason – “Tigers in the Dark”

Innovative performance artist and musician Rachel Mason is readying to unleash her latest project, the conceptual album Das Ram that focuses on what it means to be a creative spirit in the everyday world.  Mason encapsulates this theme on lead single “Tigers in the Dark”, out September 9th on Cleopatra Records, which sparks with the artist’s … [Read more...]

TheFreqDesign – “In The Lab” b/w “Anguarian Humblingbird” / Polypores – The Fialka Transmissions

Not content to just sit back and lap up the justified plaudits bestowed upon the still-fresh They Make No Say singles compilation, Dom Martin’s Polytechnic Youth imprint returns rapidly to active duty with two new releases - respectively straight off the lathe and hot off the press.  Veering towards the more expansive and layered-up corners of … [Read more...]

The Monochrome Set – Cosmonaut

After very nearly four decades of existence, you could be forgiven for wondering exactly what it is that The Monochrome Set have got to say to us today. In the years since their first appearance in 1978, the North London band - based mostly around guitarists and songwriters Lester Square and Bid - has remained steadfastly out of the musical … [Read more...]