atmospheric | DOA - Part 2

Q&A with Paul Waclawsky of The Boxing Lesson

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Hello Paul! How are you doing? I’m excited to find out more about you after catching your fantastic video for the slow-burning stunner “Muerta”, which I reviewed here at DOA. I’ve also had the chance to listen to the whole Muerta EP, which you released in the beginning of August on New Fortune Records. When did you first start up the band and have … [Read more...]

Interview with The Twilight Sad

Photo Credit: Nic Shonfeld, Brighton Marina

Hello James and Andy! It’s so wonderful to catch up with you between tours and before the release of your new album, No One Can Ever Know, in February 2012.  I would think that you can relax for a bit now, but based on your tweets, it sounds like you’re staying busy!  What is this about filming an acoustic session?  Have you been gathering footage … [Read more...]

Jen Stratosphere Fanzine’s Top 3 Albums of 2011

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It’s always tough to narrow down a list of favorites, especially to a Top 3, but I’ve finally prevailed instead of failed.  I’m also looking forward to several 2012 releases including albums by Blood Red Shoes, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Twilight Sad, Little Boots, Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy, Rykarda Parasol, Maribel, Therapy?, Lana Del … [Read more...]

The Twilight Sad – Acoustic EP

The Twilight Sad - Acoustic EP

The Twilight Sad released a stripped-down acoustic EP as a free download in the spring of this year and it showcases the strength of the band’s bleak, stark, vivid lyrics and James Graham’s richly disaffected, emotive vocals.  The songs on this acoustic EP originate from Forget the Night Ahead and The Wrong Car and are less overtly dramatic than … [Read more...]

The Boxing Lesson – “Muerta” video

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“Muerta” by The Boxing Lesson is a grand, deliberately-paced slow-builder awash with bluesy slide guitar lines, deep, solemn organ notes, and tense, pained vocals from lead vocalist Paul Waclawsky. Paul’s lamenting vocals arc upwards in airy anguish, as he strings out the words “…waiting to die.”, backed by Jaylinn Davidson’s sweeter-toned vocals. … [Read more...]

Interview with Martin Kennedy of All India Radio and Kilbey-Kennedy

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Hello Martin! You’re no stranger to the DOA musical universe, where we’ve written reviews about your band/project All India Radio and your collaboration with Steve Kilbey of The Church.  Since you reside in Australia, I was wondering how the weather was with you (kinda a Crowded House reference…). Here in Melbourne it can literally be four … [Read more...]

Artists-On-Albums: AOA#23 (A.I.R.’s Martin Kennedy on Ambient 2: The Plateaux Of Mirror)

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All India Radio’s Martin Kennedy on… Brian Eno and Harold Budd’s – Ambient 2: The Plateaux Of Mirror (E.G. Records, 1980) Track 1. “First Light”. We all open beers as the song slowly fades in. The stunningly beautiful combination of Budd’s gentle piano arpeggio and Eno’s shimmering ambience manages to hush an otherwise boisterous group of … [Read more...]

Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy – White Magic

Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy - White Magic

Steve Kilbey and Martin Kennedy, of The Church and All Indio Radio respectively, pull another rabbit out of their collective hat on sophomore collaborative album White Magic.  The 11 atmospheric songs follow and lead off the path of predecessor Unseen Music, Unheard Words, treading (or is that floating?) understatedly through acoustic guitar strum, … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 2 Albums and 1 EP

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Low Sea - The Light EP Lefse Records On this 6-song EP, Bobby D and Billie of Ireland-based Low Sea stir up a strange, but intoxicating brew of atmospheric dreamscapes and cool-tone vocals that bring a chill to the air.  They mix a pinch of hazy shoegazer, a heaping helping of goth and industrial, and a sprinkle of New Wave pop, topping it … [Read more...]

Interview with Chris and Matt of Nedry

3 piece Nedry promoshoot taken at Abney Park Stoke Newington London.

Hello Chris and Matt!  I can’t get enough of your debut album Condors which I reviewed here a while back.  I really enjoy the contrasting dynamics of your songs where some have a slow-pulling tension or easy-going, calm vibe and others are ramped up with guitar, keyboard, and drum turbulence.  Sometimes this even occurs all in one song (“Scattered” … [Read more...]