Album review: Masayoshi Fujita – ‘Bird Ambience’: a marimba and electronica masterclass for meditative thought

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Live review: Squid, Falmouth, May 18th: who finer to bring us back to the live experience?

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Album review: TEKE::TEKE – ‘Shirushi’: a deliciously wonky, delectably trippy psych debut

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DESCRIBING themselves as “psychedelic slop-pop”, Edinburgh’s Barbe Rousse (it’s French for ‘ginger beard’) are to these ears, conversely, a rather neat proposition. Their digitally released five-tracker, the Factory Settings EP, is the brainchild of Leith home recording magician Alasdair Kelly, and is a paisley treat. Following on from a full-length debut for Double A-Side Records …

DUBLIN quartet Milk have made new track “Always On Time” available on SoundCloud as a taster for their six-tracker 1, The EP, which goes on sale on June 19th.  “Always On Time” is dreamy and languid, building to a brass-laden crescendo as the guitars shift up. It’s a delicate ¾-time sweetheart, wrapping you up warm, …

COMING just weeks after Thrill Jockey put out his politically charged, drifting, textured set Shall We Go on Sinning So That Grace May Increase?, The Soft Pink Truth  – Drew Daniels of sonic mavericks Matmos – has released a companion album; except this set consists entirely of anarcho-punk covers. Whereas Shall We Go on Sinning …

LA glam-punkers Death Valley Girls are looking to drill further into that hole in yo’ soul with a brace of cover versions out on limited 7” from this Friday, June 12th. And they’ve shared the title track online to lure you in. The title track is “Breakthrough”, a cover of the heavy scented organ boogie …

LOCKDOWN hasn’t been all bad: we all have friends who’ve suddenly been able to invest time in hobbies and develop themselves, beit gardening, painting or writing. All that extra time has lead to a bout of creativity. And such is the case for 42 Records’ septet Reclaim Vienna who, trading demos remotely, found they had …

IT’S a marriage made in (sonic) heaven: new-skool Yorkshire shoegazers bdrmm have debuted a remix of their current single, “Reason To Celebrate” by Ride man Andy Bell. Working under his GLOK nom-de-plume, Andy has taken the anthemic original – with its yearning refrain and towering guitars very much in the early Creation-era Ride vein and …

BOUNCY London guitar popsters Sea Girls have unveiled the video for their latest single, “Do You Really Wanna Know?” For the clip, Italian animator Francesca de Bassa has taken photos that members have taken during the virus lockdown and brought them to life as kaleidoscopic, animated collages. An initially empty canvas erupts into an absurd …

DELUXE vinyl reissue imprint Craft Recordings are marking the half-century of southern swamp rockers Creedence Clearwater Revival’s classic Cosmo’s Factory with a heavyweight vinyl remaster. The album, set for general re-release on August 14th, features such boogie classics as “Long As I Can See The Light”, an 11-minute jam on “I Heard It Through The …

A FEW days ago, I wrote in a review that you can’t keep a good genre down; necessarily, it follows that you can’t keep a great band down. And a great illustration of this would be East London’s The Wolfhounds, back with us once more and poised to release their third long-player since reforming, and …

DERBYSHIRE post-folk trio Haiku Salut have announced a lockdown live stream of a new, alternative score they have composed for the Studio Ghibli animated classic, Spirited Away. Their new accompaniment will feature edits and reworks of songs from their first three albums and one new piece of music. And they will be hosting two ‘watch …