Last Harbour – Caul

Although it’s been around three years since Last Harbour’s last studio LP, the group has remained visible and active in-between times, together and apart.  With a series of archival download sets and co-founders David Armes and Kev Craig unveiling a masterful moonlighting album as A.R.C. Soundtracks, the world hasn’t been starved of Last … [Read more...]

Lazarus Clamp – The Bird Is Not The Metaphor

Since originally surfacing in the mid-to-late ‘90s, Lazarus Clamp’s wares have regularly been filed alongside the likes of Billy Mahonie, Appliance and Mogwai, as part of the British response to the pioneering US post-rock boom of the early-‘90s.  Yet whilst it’s true that the band - led by the indomitable Michael Larkin - has never shied away from … [Read more...]

Last Harbour – After The Flatlands

Along with news that a new album is in the works for arrival in 2015 comes the launch of a Last Harbour archive series - via Bandcamp - to help raise funds for imminent record-releasing costs.  Whilst two simultaneously-appearing digital-only live recordings of Manchester shows from 2009 and 2012 provide good quality examples of the group’s better … [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...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#31 (Fuzzy Lights’ Xavier Watkins on Tago Mago)

Fuzzy Lights’ Xavier Watkins on… Can’s Tago Mago (United Artists Records, 1971) I'll always remember the first time I heard Tago Mago.  I was 15, sat in my then girlfriend's flat, trawling through her brother's LPs. He had a few other Can LPs, Soon Over Babaluma being one, but somehow the slightly Aztec-looking mushroom cloud face on the … [Read more...]

Fuzzy Lights – Rule Of Twelfths

Expectations are perhaps higher than ever for Cambridgeshire’s Fuzzy Lights upon the release of this long-anticipated third LP.  With supportive influential airplay from BBC 6Music and greater interest from the mainstream music press in the UK, following 2010’s tremendous Twin Feathers album, Rule Of Twelfths is one that we’ve been actively waiting … [Read more...]

Last Harbour – Your Heart, It Carries The Sound

Having found a renewed sense of intimacy and focus on 2011’s impressive low-key Lights mini-album, this new Last Harbour long-player comes with a greater sense anticipation than 2010’s Volo prequel.  And although Lights came more consciously bound in a stand-alone and simplified approach, there is certainly a sense of continuity on Your Heart, It … [Read more...]

New single, video, album and UK tour dates from Last Harbour

After a relatively quiet 2011 for Manchester’s Last Harbour, the self-proclaimed collective commences 2012 with a wave of activity. Firstly, a new single - entitled “Never” - appears digitally on 30th January.  A lush atmospheric video for the song is now sat on the front page of the band’s newly re-launched website and at Vimeo. “Never” is … [Read more...]

Little Red Rabbit Records Unveils Free Xmas Compilation

The DOA-endorsed Manchester-based Little Red Rabbit Records label signs-off 2011 in generous fashion with a free-to-download Christmas compilation. Rounding-up a few highlights from earlier this year (from Fuzzy Lights and Last Harbour), some exclusive hints of what might come along in 2012 (from Anna Kashfi, Kalbakken, Lazarus Clamp and Quiet … [Read more...]

Fuzzy Lights – UK tour announced and digital single unleashed

Following on from last year’s excellent Helm EP and the much-acclaimed Twin Feathers LP, the Cambridge-based Fuzzy Lights release a new single just ahead of a full UK tour. Released digitally via Manchester’s Little Red Rabbit Records on 23rd May, the new single features “Slowing Time” (a Twin Feathers stand-out) backed with a new version of … [Read more...]