Yann Tiersen – Infinity


If there's one thing that will explain to the uninitiated who Yann Tiersen is, it's that he is the musician who provided the soundtrack for the 2001 French film Amelie one of the most internationally popular French films of the Millennial and which enticed many hipster film goers into their nearest multiplexes by way of Audrey Tatou's sassy urchin … [Read more...]

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – “Little Fang”

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks - “Little Fang”

It seems appropriate that Avey Tare’s (aka David Portner) new band is named Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks. The horror film motif fits their murky and somewhat grotesque sound, and promotional images project the band wearing masks and shining knives at the cameras. But, the name also describe the place Tare’s main project, Animal Collective, has in … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 3 Albums

Alcest - Shelter

Alcest – Shelter The French, post-black metal duo of Neige and Winterhalter has released its 4th studio album and it’s a shoegazer genre-inspired beauty that cuts ties with Alcest’s original post-black metal sound.  Gone are the occasional rapid-fire drum beats, slicing edge of the metal guitar blade, and Neige’s sometimes shouted out vocals.  … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 3 Albums

Tropic Of Cancer - Restless Idylls

Tropic Of Cancer – Restless Idylls This much-anticipated debut album from Tropic Of Cancer (AKA Camella Lobo) was released in September on the Blackest Ever Black record label.  Camella’s occasionally compelling mix of the coldwave and goth genres, however, doesn’t quite gel on this album.  The problem is two-fold and involves the instrumental … [Read more...]

Interview with The Stargazer Lilies


Hi Kim and John!  It’s quite a delight to chat with you about your new band and upcoming debut album We Are The Dreamers.  You’re no strangers to the music scene, since you were both integral members of the dream-pop band Soundpool.  What’s the reason behind your move from Soundpool to The Stargazer Lilies? John:  Hi Jen, the pleasure is ours! … [Read more...]

Mandala Eyes – “Circles or Spirals?”

Mandala Eyes - Cymatics

Florida based multi-instrumentalist Alex Alexander, better known by his stage name Mandala Eyes, has been releasing music ever since his first EP Living in 2010. Recently though, Alexander has started working on his latest project Cymatics. The first single of the ongoing project was released earlier this summer and is titled “Circles or … [Read more...]

Matthew Shaw – Lamorna

Matthew Shaw - Lamorna

Spring has come late to Britain this year. As the last of the unseasonal snow thaws and flower buds reluctantly open Matthew Shaw’s Lamorna seems a fitting soundtrack. Minimalist sounds stir behind tentative birdsong as spring makes its slow arrival. In fact, the album was recorded last summer at the pretty fishing village and cove in Cornwall the … [Read more...]

Mountains – Centralia

Mountains – Centralia

With a firm hand for delicate layers and slow-burning compositions, the duo of Mountains creates a stellar relationship with the listener on their latest instrumental album, Centralia. Regarded as their ‘most fully-realized album,’ the duo worked closely together, crafting the album through repetitive work that involved the heavy use of acoustic … [Read more...]

How to Dress Well – Total Loss

How to Dress Well – Total Loss

Throughout his short career, How to Dress Well’s Tom Krell has already garnered the tag of being ethereal and ultimately transcendent. On Love Remains, the fragments of his life were adorned with stellar hooks (“You Won’t Need Me Where I’m Goin’”) and moving, tremendously great melodies (“Endless Rain”); each song, paired with his voice, made for a … [Read more...]

Guest Review by Mark Lesseraux of Kyle Bobby Dunn – Bring Me The Head Of Kyle Bobby Dunn

Kyle Bobby Dunn - Bring Me The Head Of Kyle Bobby Dunn

Kyle Bobby Dunn's new album Bring Me The Head Of Kyle Bobby Dunn is a sprawling two record set which, like his 2010 release A Young Person's Guide To Kyle Bobby Dunn, culls pieces from several years of work. Dunn's ambient drone compositions have always evoked cinematically haunting images and Bring Me The Head Of Kyle Bobby Dunn does not … [Read more...]