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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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Album review: Renee Reed – ‘Renee Reed’: an excellent, ethereal debut from Louisiana folk chanteuse

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At its best ‘No No No’ is cheerful, breezy, spirit-lifting.  But that same lightness is also what holds it back from being anything more than a solid, ultimately not-very-remarkable listen.  There’s plenty here that is nice, and pleasant, and I can imagine looking out of a bay window onto autumnal parkland enjoying this record as …

A Place To Bury Strangers have just released their latest video. ‘Now It’s Over’, an album track from ‘Transfixiation‘. Dark, somewhat bleak, it’s a rather ominous tune. Video animator Dave Merson Hess explains “I loved the mood of “Now It’s Over”, and the way the lyrics and arrangement captured the feeling of a breakup as …

The career path of Fleetwood Mac has been a long, complicated and much storied one. Following their Brit-blues-boom beginnings, they enjoyed a flurry of initial success in the UK before band founder Peter Green departed. They would then have difficulty retaining guitar players until American Bob Welch gave them a sense of stability during which …

A few days ago, a section of social media broke. There was no huge public outcry, and certainly, the vast percentage of users barely noticed and those that did notice, simply didn’t care. For those of us among that smaller percentage, it was important. It was big. Jason Lytle mentioned he was working on a …

Remember the Public Enemy Gig at the Metropolis studios last year? Me neither, that’s probably because there were only 125 tickets given to lucky fans, giving them a ring side seat to see one of hip hops most legendary acts up close and personal for a one off rare performance. Well, every cloud has a …

It’s been a quiet year for The Crookes. February saw the departure of their drummer Russell Bates but the boys were back and recording their 4th studio album before we’d seen too many April showers. It wasn’t until July when the band returned to live shows – a warm-up gig in sunny Scunthorpe before their big Tramlines show …

Iron Maiden are back with new music in the form of The Book of Souls, a greatly anticipated double- album that’s sent metal fans into a frenzy. OK, it’s sent me into a frenzy.  I may be categorically the wrong person to review this as I am a huge Maiden fan.  For those of you …

Dropping some Indie/Electronica this September is Christa Vi, a Australian/German singer and songwriter. With previous collaborations with artists such as Box of Wolves from Canada (Electronic Rumors) and Australian songwriter Ben Salter (ABC Music) we can expect a well crafted release with added twists on the remixes. The title track is co-produced by Andrew McDonnell who has worked …

Following a number of false starts, A Pagan Place had finally established The Waterboys as not only an act of great promise, and had come tantalisingly close to establishing them as one of the key acts of the decade and masters of the sort of epic and emotional Celtic rock that was poised to fill …

Taken from Colours & Changes, the second album from Bristol indie/shoegazers Lresents for Sally, we’re delighted to premiere the video for Wishawaytoday here on Backseat Mafia. The track opens with this jangly, angst ridden guitar and soon unfurls into this shoegazey slice of glorious pop music, propelled by this thundering bass and these echoey, obscured …