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EP Review: The Love Buzz Shine On ‘No Different’

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Say Psych: Album Review: Maquina – PRATA

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EP Review: Liverpool Genre-Bending Quartet Bonk! Shine On ‘The Act Of Doing It’ EP

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“Rationalizing our place amongst the Stars is a referendum. A mandate in the scale of a space-time continuum, which is a task that might seem infinitely cavernous to most, but a lifelong mandate to others. As nature’s allowance of time just isn’t favorable to an average human lifespan of a 100 years, this task must …

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Whether composing Music For Robots with 78 fingers, performing with Shobaleader One, or exacting the drum and bass carnage his three decade career is prized for, Tom Jenkinson presents exhilarating experiments in a stoic yet playful manner. But as with any album bearing the “Made In Lockdown” tag, it’s hard not to attribute emotionality to …

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You sometimes get the feeling American composer Adam Wiltzie, despite instigating so much proclaimed ambient classical music for the last three decades, prefers the shadows to the spotlight. Whether intentional or not, Wiltzie’s key artistic contributions have usually been as part of a prolific partnership. Firstly he formed the seminal Stars Of The Lid with …

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‘Rampen’ (rocket launching pad) is the name for the improvisations that occur during live performances of Einstürzende Neubauten: the springboard for innovation and creativity. It forms the basis for the new album that was born out of temporal necessity and other exigencies when a decision was made by the band about recording again following 2020’s …

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Atari Pilot release their hotly anticipated second album, ‘It’s The Journey You Can’t Live Without’. Delivering a poignant exploration of life’s ups and downs, this album serves as a culmination of the band’s recent musical endeavours, weaving together a narrative of loss, connection, acceptance, and hope. Eleven tracks which move between fuzzy alt-rock, atmospheric electronic …

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When you put together the incredible musical skills of songwriter/multi instrumentalist and producer Martin Kennedy and the vivid and unbounded imagination of the legendary Steve Kilbey, you get something far greater than the constituent parts in Kilbey/Kennedy. Seemingly forming part of a triptych with earlier collaborations ‘Jupiter 13’ and ‘The Strange Life of Persephone Nimbus’ …

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Brighton duo The Leaning have released their hypnotic, otherworldly, and strikingly unique new EP, ‘The Orange Night’. Encompassing elements of atmospheric electronic music, indie, and psychedelic rock, the EP explores the band’s varied influences to showcase their full sonic breadth. Opening with the otherworldly ‘The Orange Night’, The Leaning sets the tone with cinematic Blade …

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Liverpool quartet Bonk! has made a big impression with the release of their debut EP, ‘The Act Of Doing It’, an exciting introduction to their blend of funk, psychedelic jazz-rock, and post-punk, presented in a strikingly unique sonic approach. Produced by the esteemed Jim Spencer (renowned for his work with New Order, Johnny Marr, and …

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We are a bit late to this one, but then again it did take Sheffield band The Suncharms 32 years to follow up their album released in 1992, so that makes us feel a little better. And the return album, released late last year, is well worth visiting: it is a delightful collection of jangling, …

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There’s always something intriguing when a band that you thought had disappeared suddenly stick their heads above the musical whirlpool with a new album. So where have Scottish pop orchestrators Urvanovic been hiding? Their 2015 debut ‘Amateurs’, all Admiral Fallow harmonies with hints of Frightened Rabbit big music, made ripples amongst homeland fans and drew …

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