Exclusive Album Stream of Made Of Stars by Strata Florida (Louise Trehy of 1990s 4AD duo Swallow)

Louise Trehy is back at long last with a spectacular new album that channels the dreamy bliss and noisy distortion of the best of the 1990s U.K. dream-pop and shoegazer bands.  Fans of Kate Bush, Liz Fraser/Cocteau Twins, B’linda Butcher/My Bloody Valentine, Miki Berenyi/Emma Anderson/Lush, and Toni Halliday/Curve will not only be enthralled … [Read more...]

Louise Trehy of 4AD duo Swallow is back as Strata Florida

Strata Florida is the newest project of Louise Trehy, formerly one half of the 4AD duo Swallow. Debut album Made Of Stars is only Trehy's second album in twenty years. Swallow's flame flickered bright but brief in the early 1990s, and disillusion after the band’s break up caused Trehy to abandon music altogether. Her creative spark was … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#39 Andrew Kwasny of Elika on Architecture and Morality

Andrew Kwasny of Elika on… Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’s Architecture & Morality (Virgin Records, 1981) I found Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark a little bit later in life. That’s not to say I didn’t know them. I was familiar with a handful of their hits; “So in Love,” “Electricity,” “Enola Gay,” and of course the young love … [Read more...]

Q&A with Elika

Hello Brian and Evagelia!  It's great to be able to find out more about your band.  For those who don't know about you, who plays what instruments in the band?  Who is the songwriter/composer? Brian:  I play guitar and mix the records; Eva sings, plays drums and illustrates everything; Khaya holds down the low end and Andrew does a little bit of … [Read more...]

Interview with Bloody Knives

I heard your most recent EP, Death, on AOL Spinner and was totally blown away by your wild amalgam of sound!  I’m totally into your unique combo of hardcore pace of drum and cymbal bash, expansive astral synth projections, and Preston’s dreamy, buried vocals.  What has the reception been like for your Death EP and why, oh, why is it available only … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 2 Albums and 2 EPs

 Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy – You Are Everything Call it music and words; call it magic.  Steve Kilbey and Martin Kennedy’s third and final album together is everything their collaboration stands for.  The alchemy that exists between the two artists is palpable, and where separately each is mighty (re)fine(d), when combined, their sonic … [Read more...]