Wooden Arms – Trick Of The Light

In my most used music player, the one that I place albums and tracks into for reviewing purposes, there is an unnamed album file containing six also unnamed tracks, an album that I've had for about three years and which every so often I play once more. It is a bit unusual musically, a mixture of alt.folk and orchestral strings that isn't really … [Read more...]

Memory Drawings – The Nearest Exit

Whether by accident or design it feels apt that this third album from Memory Drawings should appear - as did 2014’s preceding There Is No Perfect Place - somewhere between the fading edge of summer and the shortening days of autumn.  Picking-up where its prequel pretty much left off, The Nearest Exit finds the Anglo-American conglomeration of Joel … [Read more...]

Highland Kites – I’m Not Weak

Highland Kites are the duo of Marissa Lamar and Neil Briggs, joined here by guitarist Alex Edwards, and I'm Not Weak is their fourth album release, although at five tracks it more probably qualifies as a mini-album. It's certainly enough to persuade the listener to peruse the Highland Kites back catalogue, however. Perhaps best or more easily … [Read more...]

Astrïd & Rachel Grimes – Through The Sparkle

As the nominative leader of Louisville legends Rachel’s, Rachel Grimes can certainly take a large chunk of credit for broadening the horizons of many post-rock aficionados into more classical views between 1991 and 2005.  Outside of her influential canon with Rachel’s, Grimes has continually spread her talents more widely; with guest spots on … [Read more...]

Faten Kanaan – Pleiade Hex 6

Following on from 2016’s cult-establishing debut solo LP The Botanist And The Archaeologist and a 7” single collaboration with Pye Corner Audio from a few months back, expectations that this second full-length album from Faten Kanaan would mark a big outward leap forward are higher than they would be for any other Polytechnic Youth signing.  … [Read more...]

T. Rex – Remixes

It's over forty years since Marc Bolan and his band first made their presence known. At a time when synthesizers were as remote from ordinary music buyers as NASA technology and colour television was still a novelty, T. Rex were at the forefront of the glam-rock movement, bands whose appearance was glitzily colourful and whose foot-stompingly … [Read more...]

Phil Lomac – “Don’t Know What Love Is”

Veteran Phil Lomac has been an essential part of several bands over the years and is equally at home in the reflective singer-songwriter mold and the dynamic rock ‘n’ roller.  Stints in bands like The Brown Root Seed Company, Ron Neill & the Eleventh Hour, and showcased his lead guitar and vocal prowess. He eventually started on the solo … [Read more...]

Phylactery – Necromancy Enthroned

Necromancy Enthroned runs like a thrash and death metal bullet train. The album opener, "Risen Restless Dead," judders for twenty seconds before it fires off on a groove heralded by double-bass drumming. The song battles through a few changes and clings to the rails of its vitriol. Phylactery plays metal very much in the tradition of pioneers … [Read more...]

Various Artists – Avocet Revisited EP

Given the ceaseless archival patronage that London’s Earth Recordings has given to the back catalogue of the late Bert Jansch, it was perhaps only a matter of time before the label branched-out into a compiling a tribute collection of some stripe.  It might have seemed logical - although more logistically complex - to round-up a gargantuan covers … [Read more...]

Antietam – Intimations Of Immortality

A lot has changed in the world since Antietam last put out an album in 2011.  Yet like close comrades Eleventh Dream Day, the continued existence of the group - which originally formed way back in 1984 - is a source of comfort and a good example of sustainable longevity.  Also like the part-time EDD, latter-day ‘whenever it’s ready’ release … [Read more...]