Whale Fall – “The Dawn Thief”

Whale Fall, the instrumental post-rock band from L.A., California, is set to release its sophomore opus, The Madrean, this spring and the cinematic atmosphere that emanates from this album evokes the grandeur of the panoramic landscapes of the Madrean, a region that exists between the southwest of the U.S. and the northwest of Mexico.  It’s a vast … [Read more...]

Interview with The Stargazer Lilies

Hi Kim and John!  It’s quite a delight to chat with you about your new band and upcoming debut album We Are The Dreamers.  You’re no strangers to the music scene, since you were both integral members of the dream-pop band Soundpool.  What’s the reason behind your move from Soundpool to The Stargazer Lilies? John:  Hi Jen, the pleasure is ours! … [Read more...]

Q&A with Metal Mother

Hello Taara!  I’m really enjoying your latest album, Ionika.  You know, I’ve heard *about* you for a while, but only recently checked out your music.  Boy, I’ve been missing out!  I’m enchanted by your sometimes otherworldly vocals and spacious synthscapes.  What has the release of your sophomore album been like for you? Hello! Thank you! The … [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...]

Short Takes on 3 EPs

Blood Red Shoes – Water EP http://v2music.com/ http://www.bloodredshoes.co.uk/ Laura-Mary and Steven muddy the waters with a harder, fuzzed-out sound on their latest EP, an emphatic nod to hard rock and garage rock styles.  The inherent exuberance and defiance found on their earlier output is bogged down on Water by a sludgy sonic brew … [Read more...]

Chris Abrahams – Memory Night

To fully appreciate Memory Night wait till it gets dark and find a field to lie in, get up on the roof of a derelict factory or sneak into a deserted theatre, plug your iPod into the PA and sit in the back row as the auditorium fills with the four dark unworldly soundscapes on Chris Abrahams’ third solo release on Room40. Abrahams has long … [Read more...]

Interview with Castratii

Hello Beauvais and Jonathan! I’m so elated to connect with you about your enthralling, enigmatic aural effusion, debut album Eora, which was released this past August on Time No Place. Beauvais and Jonathan, you’re both based in Australia, relatively near Sydney, and Liela, I’m assuming, is still located in England. How did the geographical … [Read more...]

Q&A with Teen Daze

Hello Jamison!  It’s so wonderful to get the chance to connect with you over your blissfully euphoric album All Of Us, Together.  Your latest release is the melancholic and introspective The Inner Mansions, but what first caught my ear was the tune “Treten” from All Of Us, Together. Your sound has morphed from when you first started out.  Early … [Read more...]

New Music Spotlight #3

Dangerous Muse – Red EP Electronic synth-pop artist Mike Furey, AKA Dangerous Muse, has been on the scene for a while, breaking through with MTV-approved “The Rejection” in 2006 and with an enticing video for “I Want It All” in 2009 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN6sc-zpFL0).  Mike has released a string of singles and EPs, with 2 more EPs on … [Read more...]