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

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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...]

Sigur Rós – Valtari

Sigur Rós - Valtari

At the risk of making a blatant generalization about one of this generation’s greatest bands, the main draw of a new Sigur Rós record was and still is the music’s uncanny ability to simultaneously put on a show of conspicuous beauty and flummoxing eccentricity.  Yes – “Hoppípolla” may have achieved ubiquity thanks to spots in nature documentaries … [Read more...]

Sigur Rós – Valtari Global Listening Party

Sigur Rós - Valtari

On the night of Thursday, May 17th, at 7pm to be precise, Icelandic wonder-band Sigur Rós hosted a Global Listening Party for upcoming 6th studio album Valtari, which was streamed in full at the appointed hour across all time zones.  Since I always seem to be late to the party, I joined in the festivities with the airing of the 2nd song and without … [Read more...]

Pillars And Tongues – (Laid) Palms To Tell EP

Pillars And Tongues- (Laid) Palms To Tell EP

Ambient, instrumental, whatever you want to call it...this free, three song EP by Chicago's Pillars And Tongues is what you've been waiting for. Hands down one of the finest releases of 2012 thus far, it's like a dream world where every emotion you feel in having your heart broken is being spelled out right before your eyes. This EP is slow and … [Read more...]