The Assistant / Ina Bauer Trio / XAM Duo / The Hardy Tree

It’s funny and intriguing how synth-led musical constructions have come almost full circle in terms of credibility and creativity.  Having been both a vehicle for exploratory ambition as well as DIY minimalism from the late-‘60s to early-‘80s, only to be abused and maligned from the over-polished mid-‘80s to the Pro-Tooled ‘00s, things have come … [Read more...]

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – Balance / The Early Years – II

Forever upholding the congregational faith for the latterly vindicated and reinvigorated sounds of vintage shoegaze, krautrock and noise-rock during its existence to date, London’s Sonic Cathedral label has overcome plenty of ups and downs (notably a devastating distributor warehouse fire and pressing-plant congestion battles) to keep its leading … [Read more...]

Yeti Lane – L’Aurore

Whilst Sonic Cathedral’s operations have been dominated by the young and hungry output of Spectres and The Vacant Lots lately, the label hasn’t forgotten the artists that fuelled earlier release schedules. Hence, when French duo Yeti Lane completed a long-awaited follow-up to 2012’s The Echo Show, Sonic Cathedral was fully-primed to deliver the … [Read more...]

Spectres – Dead

Having already been trailed with a 2-track 12” in the autumn, now we finally get to hear the full fruits of Spectres inviting forefathers, fans and fellow-travellers to decapitate and drag last year’s debut Dying album into the ghoulish afterlife that is Dead. It almost goes without saying that as remix albums go this is far from being a … [Read more...]

Spectres – “Spectre” b/w “Bondage” 007″

Bristol’s Spectres certainly never shy away from upending music industry conventions and clichés whilst simultaneously upholding the more enduring yardsticks of their idols.  Whether it be commissioning gory promo videos, reviving the possibilities instead of the pointlessness of remix projects (for a recent 12” and an upcoming full-length … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#45 (Spectres’ Joe Hatt and Adrian Dutt on Goo)

Spectres' Joe Hatt and Adrian Dutt on… Sonic Youth’s Goo (Geffen, 1990) Both: For a band who were so heavily rooted in the no wave/experimental scene, they managed to smash their way into a mainstream where they didn't belong. The fact that Sonic Youth were able to bring so many influential bands along with them - Swans, Dinosaur Jr, … [Read more...]

Spectres – “Stealed Scene” b/w Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – “The Sky Of All Places”

As part of a concerted campaign of protest against the misaligned mechanics of Record Store Day - as outlined in full on the Record Store Day Is Dying website - comes a split seven inch co-released by Sonic Cathedral and Howling Owl Records, featuring Bristol’s Spectres and Guadalajara’s Lorelle Meets The Obsolete covering each other’s noise-soaked … [Read more...]

Spectres – Dying

The Barnstaple-born but firmly now Bristol-based Spectres have followed a satisfyingly old school career path to date; choosing to grow at a healthy organic pace through a string of collectible short-form releases (predominantly on the self-built Howling Owl label) and relentless gigging (with the likes of The Vacant Lots, Lorelle Meets The … [Read more...]

Various Artists – Psych For Sore Eyes 2

It’s been a richly productive and transformative year for Sonic Cathedral.  No longer just an ostensible outpost for those who never forgave Ride for Carnival Of Light or those that kept the faith to enable this year’s Slowdive reunion, the label has broadened its horizons to take in the self-rejuvenating solo works of Luna’s Dean Wareham, the … [Read more...]

Dean Wareham – self-titled

Following speedily on from last year’s sublime mini-LP, Emancipated Hearts, Dean Wareham carries on solo trading with the first self-monikered full-length set of his continuously enlightening post-Luna career.  Those expecting the album to be an overtly rocking reaction to the intricate and pensive Emancipated Hearts - particularly with My Morning … [Read more...]