A.R.C. Soundtracks – DERELICTION​/​/​MIRROR

Although the geographically-scattered and now hiatus-prone Last Harbour appear to have been supplanted by A.R.C. Soundtracks as the primary vehicle for shared co-founders David Armes and Kevin Craig, it’s certainly not restricted the twosome’s creative range. Quite the contrary in fact, as this third even deeper-reaching album attests.  In our … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#46 (Brave Timbers’ Sarah Kemp on The Night Is Advancing)

Sarah Kemp (Brave Timbers) on… Appendix Out’s The Night Is Advancing (Drag City, 2001) I first got to hear of Appendix Out through a boyfriend I had at the time, around when I was about 19 or 20 years old. We were listening to bands like Low, the Dirty Three, Will Oldham and his Palace stuff, and I guess it was maybe because Appendix Out … [Read more...]

We Mythical Kings – Visitations

With the geopolitical grimness of the 2010s echoing the mid-‘70s to mid-‘80s, it’s perhaps no surprise that the darker experimental sounds of said timeframe are also reverberating in the musical world.  Not just as art-imitating-life dystopian soundtracks but also as dream-like imaginings of more sophisticated peaceful futures.  This year such … [Read more...]

Hypnodrone Ensemble – The Shape Of Space

After a previous four-album series from the Little Crackd Rabbit imprint that ran from late-2013 to late-2014 - which yielded particularly impressive wares from A.R.C. Soundtracks and P.J. Philipson - comes the first in another run of four CDs to appear over the next year or so.  Whilst the second studio set from the divine Brave Timbers and … [Read more...]

P.J. Philipson – Peaks

Already active in the left-field Manchester music scene through his work with Starless & Bible Black, The Woodbine & Ivy Band and Nancy Elizabeth, Peaks is guitarist and producer P.J. Philipson’s debut solo release.  Acting as a stylistic break from his past and recorded with just stereo-delayed electric guitar and two simultaneously … [Read more...]

A.R.C. Soundtracks – Archive: Volume One

As Last Harbour have been the flagship band for Manchester’s Little Red Rabbit Records, it’s appropriate that fledgling sister imprint Little Crackd Rabbit should properly find its wings with a side-project featuring the group’s co-founders, David Armes and Kevin Craig.  Fitting the new label’s self-proclaimed dark, improvisational and experimental … [Read more...]