Virginia Wing / Xam Duo – Tomorrow’s Gift

With December’s record label schedules bloated by boxsets, reissues and novelty artefacts, it’s a relief to still find late-in-the-year releases appearing with something fresh.  Enter then, this charmed collaborative affair from London’s Virginia Wing and Yorkshire’s Xam Duo.  With already burgeoning kudos building around the two outfits in recent … [Read more...]

Bark Psychosis – Hex (reissue)

Although namechecked frequently as a British post-rock milestone, it’s doubtful that many people - besides dedicated Discogs diggers - have acquired a decent copy of Bark Psychosis’s 1994 album Hex for some time due to its long stint in out-of-print purgatory.  Certainly though, members of Dakota Suite, Piano Magic, Last Harbour, Savoy Grand and … [Read more...]

Curanderos – self-tilted

Initially available on limited gold vinyl amidst this year’s Record Store Day releases avalanche, this debut - and possibly one-off - outing from Curanderos, was probably only picked-up by the most dedicated and cash-rich collector of all things psych-rock.  A super-side-project of sorts, the group captures the conjoining of Bardo Pond’s guitarist … [Read more...]

Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology

2014’s The Silver Globe became rather a word-of-mouth sleeper-hit for Manchester music scene veteran Jane Weaver.  With its strung-out yet well-structured blend of krautrock and retro-space-age soul, the LP crept up on art-pop lovers with its translocating sonic earworms.  Consequently, the anticipation surrounding this sequel set - released via a … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#51 (Mission Of Burma’s Roger C. Miller on Piper At The Gates Of Dawn)

Roger C. Miller (Mission Of Burma, Trinary System et al.) on… Pink Floyd’s Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (Columbia, 1967) In the fall of 1968 I was in eleventh grade and psychedelia was in full swing. I was playing in bands, idolizing Hendrix and Cream, and listening to the most far-out sounds I could find. My dad, who played piano in college … [Read more...]

Noveller – A Pink Sunset For No One

In the two years since the acclaimed release of Fantastic Planet gently pushed Sarah Lipstate further out to a global audience, she has continued to service her Noveller project with a characteristic hard-grafting mix of sociability and solitary exploration.  This has meant touring extensively as a somewhat unexpected support act for Iggy Pop; … [Read more...]

Las Kellies – Friends & Lovers / Rats On Rafts / De Kift – self-titled

Already well-known and respected for curating UK, US and Antipodean acts, Fire Records has also latterly looked and listened wider than some otherwise likeminded labels by delving into the Argentinian and Dutch music scenes to further expand a globe-exploring remit.  This has meant giving homes to the Buenos Aires-birthed Las Kellies and … [Read more...]

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Mid Thirties Single Scene

Having convincingly refocused his songwriting skills on the surprisingly fulfilling Delivered EP earlier this summer, Melbourne's Craig Dermody returns again already leading his empathetic troupe on the first Scott & Charlene’s Wedding long-player album since 2013’s somewhat inconsistent Any Port In A Storm.  Pleasingly, Dermody seems to have … [Read more...]

The Chills – Kaleidoscope World (reissue) / Martin Phillipps – Live At The Moth Club

The Chills’ fraught existence is mired in labyrinthine label legalities and personal tragedies, frequently obscuring access to an often flawed but very often loveable body of work.  Slowly and laterally though, the band’s sprawling songbook is being reopened for long-suffering followers and those converted off the back of last year’s long-gestated … [Read more...]

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Delivered EP

Although forthcoming third LP Mid Thirties Single Scene might change things, Craig Dermody’s still offputtingly-named outfit has yet to properly excel as an albums-centric enterprise. However, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding have commendably dispensed a series of more durable short-form releases into the currently fertile Australia’s DIY music world … [Read more...]