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...]

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...]