Interview with Pompeii

Hi guys!  It’s great to hear from you and to find out how it’s all going for the imminent release of your third album LOOM after a 5-year hiatus.  First off, who is in the band and what instruments do you play? EJ: Erik Johnson - guitars & keys CB: Colin Butler - bass & percussion RD: Rob Davidson - drums Dean Stafford - vox … [Read more...]

Interview with Dream Boat

Greetings Page and Dan! I’ve had the good fortune to hear your upcoming sophomore album, The Rose Explodes, in its entirety, and wow, what a sublimely swoon-worthy beauty… It will be released via Cloud Recordings and Arrowhawk in September. What are the vibes like for you during this interim? Page: Thanks for the complement! We are already neck … [Read more...]

Emorie – Never Goes Away

Toronto’s Emorie are singer-songwriter and keyboardist Hunter and violinist Adm. After meeting at a show they began a fruitful collaboration. Their debut album is a mix of electronica, R ‘n’ B, disco,  and indie pop. Violin, vocals and synths work well together on smooth opener "Change". The mood darkens a little on "Pink Dolls" and the … [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...]

Sarah Cracknell – Lipslide reissue

This past autumn saw the re-release of Saint Etienne chanteuse Sarah Cracknell’s 1997 solo album Lipslide in a 2-disc format.  The first CD contains the remastered (and reordered) tracks from the original album, while the second CD adds on various demos and previously unreleased material.  Sarah’s solo work is very much in line with Saint Etienne’s … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 3 Albums

Teen Daze – The Inner Mansions Lefse http://asilentplanet.com/ On debut album All Of Us, Together, Teen Daze, AKA Canadian musician and producer Jamison, crafted blissfully uplifting, mainly instrumental song cycles that stirred up visions and feelings of being beachside.  Sophomore album The Inner Mansions, which was released just a few … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 3 Albums

Maribel – Reveries  Splendour  https://www.facebook.com/maribelband  On the second and aptly-titled album from Norway’s dream-rockers Maribel, the band has toned down the rock element in favor of a drawn out, diaphanous atmosphere that pervades every song.  The initial falling-star- film-noir-reverb-guitar, soporific splendor turns into … [Read more...]

Collide – “Bending and Floating” video

KaRIN and Statik have had a long and active career as the DIY electro-industrial dream machine Collide, releasing their latest album Counting To Zero last autumn.  They hit a high point with the single “Bending and Floating” and its accompanying dreamily dystopian video directed by Edward Mavskegg. The video seems like it comes from a lost … [Read more...]

Sigur Rós – Valtari Global Listening Party

On the night of Thursday, May 17th, at 7pm to be precise, Icelandic wonder-band Sigur Rós hosted a Global Listening Party for upcoming 6th studio album Valtari, which was streamed in full at the appointed hour across all time zones.  Since I always seem to be late to the party, I joined in the festivities with the airing of the 2nd song and without … [Read more...]

Interview with RYAT

Hey there RYAT!  You’re music has been on my mind on ‘n’ off for the past couple of years, after I heard some songs off your entrancing electo-pop album Avant Gold, which was released in 2010 on Obvious Bandits.  Your new album, Totem, is coming out in early June on Brainfeeder and I can’t wait to hear that!  What’s the vibe like for you these … [Read more...]