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Gem Club – In Roses

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Somerville, Massachusetts is home to the ivory polishing trio, Gem Club. Singer/songwriter and founder, Christopher Barnes angelically ushers listeners in with whole body swells, mystical cavern-esque vocals, and echoey instrumentation sure to allow for some hefty introspection or at least a soothing ambience on a backcountry drive. Formed at the … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#41 (Mark Fry on Electric Ladyland)

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Mark Fry on… The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Electric Ladyland (Track Record/Reprise, 1968) “I tried to use the board, the console, and what I had at my disposal, as a palette. Much as an artist would pick the colours, I would pick the colours of sound,” said producer Eddie Kramer about his longstanding collaboration with Jimi … [Read more...]

Bastard Sapling – Instinct is Forever

Bastard Sapling - Instinct is Forever

Bastard Sapling, who sprouted by way of Richmond, VA, play a brand of dirty, gritty black metal.  Their sophomore release Instinct is Forever on Gilead Media/Forcefield records could prove to be quite a spectacle from the attention it has already garnered. From the moment you smash that play button you are proffered a heaping plate of … [Read more...]

Comet Gain – Paperback Ghosts

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Since their first releases in the early 1990s, Comet Gain have ploughed an erratically individualistic furrow alongside any other more well known Britpop band you can remember. Less cynical than The Beautiful South, less satirical than Pulp, as lyrical if less self regarding as Morrissey, their music has found fewer admirers than you might expect. … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]