John Amadon – Seven Stars

"At least half of the songs on the record", says John Amadon in the interview that forms part of the promo package for his third album, "deal with a deluded obsession I had with a girl". A lot of great music has originated in similar circumstances, and the thirteen songs on Seven Stars take this unrequited relationship only as their starting point. … [Read more...]

The Legends – Over And Over

Anyone who names his or her band The Legends has serious delusions of grandeur or is perhaps taking the piss.  Luckily for Swedish mastermind Johan Angergård (member of Acid House Kings and Club 8, as well as founder of Labrador Records), his project is much closer to sonic grandeur than failure.  Melodic and sweet pop hooks are oftentimes laden … [Read more...]

Interview with Maribel

Delusions of Adequacy:  Hiya Pål E and Lewi!  I just adore your sound that melds the dreamy with the dissonant, the melodic with the abrasive, and the languorous with the propulsive, which recalls the best bits of bands like My Bloody Valentine and Serena-Maneesh.  Can you introduce yourselves and go over who plays what and/or sings in the … [Read more...]

Maribel – Aesthetics

Maribel band members Liv, Kjetil, Lewi, and Pål hail from Norway and they create unremittingly lacerating, dreamy, melodic, and warped noise à la Serena-Maneesh, with a generous helping of My Bloody Valentine and A Place To Bury Strangers swirled into the gnashing, dashing sonic sea.  The unadulterated tunes overtake the listener with an acute, … [Read more...]

Allison Weiss – Allison Weiss Was Right All Along

And right, she is, at least Allison’s take on relationships and break-ups, where she focuses on the memories – the reminiscing, the missing, the dissing, and ultimately, the listening to her heart and moving on through her songs.  Allison keeps her debut album short and sweet, with a running time of just over 28 minutes and a line-up of 10 tunes of … [Read more...]