Gilroy Mere – The Green Line

Since gently dropping his Dollboy nom de plume as a catch-all repository for his chameleonic creativity a few years back, the Hastings-based Oliver Cherer has been no stranger to these very pages by trading with the pseudonyms of The Assistant, The Wrestler, Rhododendron and Australian Testing Labs Inc. as well as under his own name.  Whilst … [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...]

The Assistant / Ina Bauer Trio / XAM Duo / The Hardy Tree

It’s funny and intriguing how synth-led musical constructions have come almost full circle in terms of credibility and creativity.  Having been both a vehicle for exploratory ambition as well as DIY minimalism from the late-‘60s to early-‘80s, only to be abused and maligned from the over-polished mid-‘80s to the Pro-Tooled ‘00s, things have come … [Read more...]

Tyneham House – self-titled

Although the Second Language label has certainly embraced pan-European creativity across its catalogue to date, arguably its collective character has been defined predominantly by a distinctively English sense of mystery, invention, history and eccentricity.  This thankfully has not presented itself in jingoistic small-minded traditionalist forms … [Read more...]