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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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Album review: Cahill/Costello – ‘Offworld’: contemplative dubspace, ambient and post-rock shimmer that steps gloriously out of time

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Album Review: Deafheaven – Infinite Granite

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Berlin based The Third Sound have recently released their fifth album First Light, via Fuzz Club Records. Dealing in a hypnotic blend of neo-psychedelia, post-punk and new wave, The Third Sound are led by the Icelandic musician Hákon Aðalsteinsson, who is the guitarist in Brian Jonestown Massacre and formerly played in the cult rock’n’roll outfit …

PIE EYE COLLECTIVE is the solo project of Bristol-born, London-based sound scientist Matthew Gordon, who melds elements of ambient, broken beat, dub-techno and hip hop, all refracted and discoloured via a spectrum of tape-saturated synthesis; and thus makes a beats-driven and -occluded magical underground to immerse in. Sprite-like, enveloping, oozing with intelligence and devoted to …

Toby Martin (Youth Group) has a distinctive angelic voice and astute ear for indelible melodies, but more than anything his new solo album ‘I Felt The Valley Lifting’ reveals in greater focus on his ability to weave vivid and fascinating tales: reaped from the ennui of everyday existence as well as drawing on folklore and …

On the strength of two shimmering singles released earlier this year, Melbourne resident and multi-instrumentalist Brigitte Bardini announced herself as a prodigious talent in the independent music scene in Australia, a fact confirmed by the release of her debut album ‘Stellar Lights’. This is a sparkling collection of exquisite dream pop finery: spread across 14 …

Silk Cut is a magical Auckland dream pop/shoegaze band that has just released their debut EP ‘astronaut’, and while the band is a brand new piece of clothing, it is formed from vintage material. Singer/guitarist Andrew Thorne has played with Modern Chair – a collaboration between him and another veteran of the NZ music scene, Wayne …

ARE YOU a sucker for an imaginary soundtrack, filmscore funk? Hell, I am. Ever since the days of Barry Adamson’s inestimably influential Moss Side Story, the score for a Manchester crime flick yet to be made, and its strapline: “In a black and white world, murder brings a touch of colour”. And it really did, …

KEVIN DANIEL CAHILL and Graham Costello, guitarist and drummer respectively, first set off on the path that would lead to them wedding as a musical act with an oblique and rapturous aesthetic when they met at Glasgow’s prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, at which Kevin was pursuing a classical music education and Graham, jazz; they …

Bold Melbourne jazz makers The Yugoslav Attack have released new album Illusions, an impressive eight track collection that, according to group frontman James Wiley, take further steps into his own love of jazz, as compared with debut album, Fianchetto, which showed more elements of indie jazz fusion. While this unique combination is still subtly (and …

The follow up to 2019’s ‘Renaissance Men’, sees Ginger Wildheart, CJ, Rich Battersby and Danny McCormack back in the studio to drop another tub-thumper of a record. The fact these guys are still doing this and writing at this level of brilliance needs to be heard. Ginger comments: “Renaissance Men reminded me of our first album, Earth Vs …

Newcastle metal band Rituals have been teasing audiences for a while now by dropping various singles over the last couple of years. Now the band have dropped their EP Awake full of driving powerful modern metal ready to fill many a mosh pit. ‘Awake’ rough sounding vocals with thunderous accompaniment from the crashing guitar, pounding …