Collide – “Bending and Floating” video

KaRIN and Statik have had a long and active career as the DIY electro-industrial dream machine Collide, releasing their latest album Counting To Zero last autumn.  They hit a high point with the single “Bending and Floating” and its accompanying dreamily dystopian video directed by Edward Mavskegg. The video seems like it comes from a lost … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 2 Albums and 1 EP

Nedry – In A Dim Light Monotreme Records Nedry is back with its 2nd album and it’s a stripped down, subdued affair compared to stunning debut Condors.  Both sonic intensity and vocal angst are dialed down as the band steps away from its earlier electro-rock, dubstep sound.  Ayu Okakita’s previously airy, keening … [Read more...]

Jen Stratosphere Fanzine’s Top 3 Albums of 2011

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...]

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

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)

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...]

Q&A with Johnny and Ola of Cock And Swan

Hello Johnny and Ola!  What are the vibes like in your native Washington state and how have things been going? Johnny: We are going back and forth from sunny and gray. Very busy recording with our friends!  I was on tour playing bass with The Curious Mystery, and Ola was in Bothell hanging out with our bunny and learning tenor sax. There’s a … [Read more...]

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...]

Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy – “Close” video

Steve Kilbey of The Church and Martin Kennedy of All India Radio have collaborated again on a captivating second album titled White Magic which is out now.  The multi-talented Martin has created an illustration ‘n’ animation video for the song “Close” where he depicts Steve serenely riding a horse (that sports a near-continuously bemused smile) … [Read more...]

Short Takes on Four Albums

Blood Red Shoes - Fire Like This V2 Brighton, England-based Steven Ansell and Laura-Mary Carter returned last year with their sophomore album Fire Like This and it burns with a cool, blue-flame intensity (as depicted by the album’s cover art) compared to the red-hot wildfire of the band’s debut, Box of … [Read more...]

Chatelaine – Take A Line For A Walk

Toni Halliday, best known as the glacially cool and menacingly seductive singer of U.K. dream-rock band Curve (alongside musical mastermind Dean Garcia) in the 1990s to 2000s, has resurfaced at long last in the form of Chatelaine.  The debut album Take a Line for a Walk was released this past June, capping off a 3-years-in-the-making musical … [Read more...]