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Album review: Mildred Maude – ‘Sleepover’: From Cornwall with beautiful, incendiary love

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Album Review: Sublime Creatures Vol. I – House of Reptile records

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Album review: Pie Eye Collective – ‘Salvation’: genius future broken beat and addictive intricacy map a curious world

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There’s a certain resistance involved in listening to voices , whether spoken or sung , in their most vulnerable, unscripted and unwavering form. Almost as if meeting a stranger for the first time and allowing for a conversation to unfold without the small talk. It’s not easily done ,and since this pandemic encroached and invaded …

The album ‘At Least A Hundred Fingers’ by duo Twofish is an epic, cinematic musical journey that ebbs and flows with intensity and dynamism. Difficult to slot into any genre, it has the vibrancy of Dead Can Dance with an infusion of world instrumentation – many synthetic, some organic – and a syncopated thrum throughout …

Soaked in reverb and regret, ‘Dream State Treasure’, the solo album from Scott von Ryper is a shimmering debut from an Australian artist that has quietly established a remarkable reputation for songwriting, delivered with a degree of insouciance and cool. ‘Dream State Treasure’ is a reflective collection of sparkling melodic gems, underpinned by a shimmering …

The Buoys are no strangers to rebelling hooks that leap out of the speakers, cementing their place in the souls of listeners. There is rigorous and prevailing attention to dynamism throughout their music, charged with upbeat and galvanised guitars and niftily gratified with expressive and emotive melodies. ‘Unsolicited Advice For Your DIY Disaster’ is six …

Niko’s Electric Union is a late-night, electrasonic long player on ATIC Records. The all new third album from the Seattle born singer sees her pursuing a more focussed dance lounge sound where delicate melodies and accomplished song writing marry with tuff, unpolished beats, gritty synth bass and layers of abstract keyboards. Drawing from a pot …

Skybelly (the nom de plume of Sara Nelson) has just released her stunning debut album, ‘A Space Tramp Odyssey’: a widely evocative and creative magnus opus which is a deep and rich concept album. Operatic and dramatic in nature, it is a stunningly brave debut which adeptly creates an alternate reality that is steeped in …

‘Simulacra’, answers the bellowing calls from fans for more music, its ten songs that showcase the full range of Skold’s confident voice paired with the raw, cinematic soundscapes and modular synth riffs laid down by Bellum. At once atmospheric and ominous, it is a modern masterpiece in the genre. ‘In Service To The Wolf’ is a …

The mighty folk punk band Ferocious Dog have released their new album ‘The Hope’ via  Graphite Records. An album which is full of their unique Celtic brand of folk punk with heartfelt melodies and intelligent songs. Regarding the album Ken Bonsall comments: ‘I’d say that Ferocious Dog are a different animal on the recording of the Hope album. I …

SONIC CATHEDRAL: it may not be the most prolific of labels in terms of releases – but never mind the width; feel the quality. Just take a look back, wouldya, over the past year and a bit of releases: an excellent, excellent new generation of the ‘gaze debut from East Yorkshire’s vowel-free but guitar thrill-replete …