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See: The monochrome video for Trevor Sensor’s ‘Chiron, Galactus’: an instant classic of mourning, cathartic Americana

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Album review: Chihei Hatakeyama – ‘Late Spring’: a halcyon, beautiful ambient journey

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Album review: El Michels Affair -‘Yeti Season’: Big Crown kingpin proves he’s a 10th dan at soundtrack funk magic

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WE LOVE them, you know; TEKE::TEKE, the Montrealais-Japanese septet who formed initially for a one-off tribute show to Japanese king of the surf guitar Takeshi Terauchi, and who have since delighted us en route to their debut album for Kill Rock Stars with the cinematic panache of “Kala Kala”, the heavy chaos and psych propulsion of …

With a thundering, scything rhythm and vocals infused with a whiskey-soaked gravitas, Adelaide’s Larsen‘s new single ‘Eating Me Alive’ is a refreshing blast of melodic grunge, distinguished by a cutting guitar riff and a sound that advances and recedes like a tidal wave. Alex Andrews explains the themes behind the song: Accepting that expectations for …

Melbourne duo Holy Holy have an infinite capacity to deliver sweeping melodic tunes that are layered, nuanced and euphoric (see our review of their 2017 album ‘Pain’). Their new single ‘How You Been’ does just that: it is an immersive piece that is a delightful sonic construction that combines a euphoric tone with just a …

IT’S SO undeniably the Mersey sound; the new single from Michael Robert Murphy, erstwhile singer with Liverpool’s ace acid/folk-rock chemists The Wicked Whispers, comes swirling into spring with his new single, “Puzzles”, keeping his head held high in the city that in recent decades has brought us Micheal Head in all his beautiful incarnations, The …

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Stein Akslen new project Minneriket draws on influences as various as punk, goth and classical with the intensity of the early Norwegian black metal, to create deeply moving and intresting pieces of music. Track ‘Hjemlengsel’ is the first to be released from the forthcoming album ’50 Shades Of Blackness’ due later this year. Cooperating with session …

With the release of the bands sophomore album ‘Solar Quake’. North Italy’s heavy metallers Evilizers have shared the lyric video for their new song, ‘Holy Shit’. The band comments about the single and the album: “‘Holy Shit’ deals with the topic of the uselessness of religious fanaticism. You can find our power, thrash and speed metal influences here. ‘Solar Quake’ was …

Michigan-based industrial/rock band Deadlight Holiday have shared a lyric video for their new single, ‘Blood And Body.’ The band comments: “The lyrics draw from American culture, and our collective cognitive dissonance towards the problems we all help create as a humans. I don’t think it’s our job as musicians to solve or answer anything, but …

There’s not many people who like industrial, post-techno, electronic rock music like we do, so we are beyond delighted to be able to premiere the new video from such a outfit in the shape of In Violet, and their new single Cathedral Thinking right here on Backseat Mafia this morning. Since their last record some …

EVAN USCHENKO grew up in the small town of Three Hills, Alberta (pop: 3,212), and cut his teeth as a multi-instrumentalist in Michael Rault’s band, playing out an expansive, fuzzy, proggy psych-pop with the likes of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard; and cashing his cheques for playing the guitar at gas stations after the …

ILLINOIS singer-songwriter Trevor Sensor, who beguiled hearts and minds with a clutch of EPs and his debut album, Andy Warhol’s Dream, on Jagjaguwar back around 2017-18, has been away, grown his hair into a leonine mane, and is back with a new album on High Black Desert Records come mid-June. He’s collected together a clutch …