Galkin – Clear Customs

There hasn't been quite so much of what I used to call psych-rock around recently, or so it seemed. The third album from the Toronto-based Galkin certainly qualifies as that, and while his influences appear to include Beck, Steely Dan, The Asteroid #4 and - somewhere inevitably - the assorted works of Anton Newcombe, the ten tracks that make … [Read more...]

Secret Colours – Dream Dream

Finding what I needed to know about the creators of Dream Dream began ordinarily enough. Their band website has much in the way of media and photography, and a discography revealed that Dream Dream is in fact the fourth Secret Colours full-length release. Then the band statement which had much to say regarding Secret Colours' influences, a Chicago … [Read more...]

The Molotovs – And The Heads Did Roll

I heard The Molotovs for the first time earlier this summer, and "Flowers"  is the best song I think I heard this year. Simultaneously frantic and laid-back, an actually danceable slice of cool, sharp Britbop that manages to recall the giddy heights of 2-Tone, the near chaotic funk experimentalism of 23 Skidoo, the gritted teeth of Babyshambles, … [Read more...]

Robert Turnell: You Fellows Of All Souls

  Robert Turnell's uncle was a highly respected newspaper editor, working on a leading UK national dailypublication, and 'you fellows of all souls' was his traditional welcome to any newly qualified graduates who found themselves staffing the newsrooms under Francis (later Sir Francis) Boyd's editorship. It's easy to picture the nervous … [Read more...]