Madrost – The Essence of Time Matches No Flesh

The songs on The Essence of Time Matches No Flesh practically spring out the speakers. The opener, "Eyes of the Deceit", offers an aggressive, double-bass-heavy drum attack with crisp riffing bookended by moments of reverb-laden guitars. The band's marketing material describes Madrost as progressive thrash, but the opening track points to … [Read more...]

Anne Briggs – The Time Has Come (reissue)

As well as going down the whole detective-meets-archivist route to track down and reissue esoteric lost releases from the likes of Steve Warner, Howard Eynon and Mikael Tariverdiev, the much-admired Earth Recordings - London’s lower-key yet increasingly higher-quality answer to Seattle’s Light In The Attic label - has also ventured into untangling … [Read more...]

James Elkington – Wintres Woma

With his CV recently enriched with creditable guest spots on records from Richard Thompson, Steve Gunn, Freakwater and Michael Chapman as well as via full-blown membership of Brokeback and a rejuvenated Eleventh Dream Day, Chicago-dwelling English émigré James Elkington has plenty to be proud about as the consummate collaborator’s collaborator.  … [Read more...]

Stellarscope – Standing In The Shadow Of Your Ghost

How would you expect psych-rock veterans Stellarscope to begin their newest album? Opening track "Don't Belong" growls along in a way that anyone already familiar with their music would recognise almost instantly. The rattling drum sound, hissing electronics and Tom Lugos' distinctive vocals are all present although as things progress, it … [Read more...]

Deerful – Peach

Courtesy of the ever excellent Where It’s At Is Where You Are imprint comes Peach, the debut album from Deerful (AKA Emma Winston). Having begun songwriting a mere two years ago, this album - following on from a clutch of intriguing singles and EPs - demonstrates that Winston, once stirred, gets seriously into the job. Moreover, Peach definitely … [Read more...]

Jordan Okrend – “Dance By the Riverside”

Asheville, North Carolina–based singer-songwriter Jordan Okrend goes by the moniker The Jordan Okrend Experience for his new album, Dance By The Riverside, which came out just last week. Okrend released his debut EP, Unpredictable, in 2010, and followed it up in 2012 with the Rising Up EP and a third EP, World Keeps Turnin’ in 2015.  He has been … [Read more...]

Afterlife Revival – “Rich In Love”

Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter Evan B. Harris records under the music project moniker Afterlife Revival and like the second part of the name implies, the richness of the Americana and country genres runs through Harris’ veins. Harris is not only a musician, but an artisan as well who creates original illustrations and paintings.  … [Read more...]

Vic Mars – The Consumer Programme

Having happily come to our attention previously via The Land And The Garden LP in 2015, courtesy of the cherishable hands at Clay Pipe Music, Vic Mars now finds himself on the equally endearing Polytechnic Youth imprint for another marriage made in micro-label heaven.  Although such a switch shouldn’t matter much, it’s a move that’s entirely … [Read more...]

Can – The Singles

Whilst 2012’s bounteous previously unreleased rarities-laden boxset, The Lost Tapes, gave the impression of being the last word on Can archive-raiding projects, there have remained a few loose-ends for those needing everything in the band’s recorded oeuvre neatly in print.  Although the group’s BBC sessions and more top-quality live recordings … [Read more...]

Jerad Finck – “New Kids”

Some of the best younger performers emerge from obscurity seemingly fully formed and brimming with possibility for more. Jerad Finck is one of those performers. His latest single “New Kids” consolidates the core success he’s experienced thus far thanks to an exponential growth in his songwriting powers. He has emerged as one of the major music … [Read more...]