Soulsavers – The Light the Dead See

If any longtime Erasure or Depeche Mode fans were perplexed by this year’s collaboration between Vince Clark and Martin Gore (VCMG), they’re not likely to have many questions answered by the latest release from Soulsavers, which finds the beautifully tortured Dave Gahan assuming lead vocal duties.  Depeche Mode was - and perhaps, still is - the #1 … [Read more...]

Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour

At the end of the day, there’s an unadulterated titillation at the core of rock and roll to which we will inevitably return.  Yes, there’s solace and satisfaction to be found in the triumphant spirit of chamber pop and the soul-bearing ruminations of folk, but it’s only a matter of time before we find ourselves once again held captive by the … [Read more...]

Gecko – “Where I’ve Gone”

Having gained national exposure in his native England for the first time this year, it would appear that 2010 is going to be a big year for Gecko.  Will Sanderson is the feisty young British balladeer who figureheads the three piece, and for one so young displays a superb natural talent for song writing. Influences are far drawn and vast, though … [Read more...]

Virgin Passages – This Is Not The End Of The World Again

The first time I heard this, I thought it was some sort of inside joke for people who sit around in smoky bookstores rereading the same outdated Sun Ra fanzines and doing lame Sudoku puzzles. Confessions aside, after many much lengthier musical experiences, I can now say that I am more fully a convert of this strange, spacey sound. So yeah, it … [Read more...]