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Album Review: Bambara – Stray plus tour news

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Athens based quintet Holy Monitor last week released their eagerly awaited third LP Southern Lights on Blackspin/Primitive Music. They are a psychedelic rock quintet whose sound incorporates elements of krautrock, space rock and ambient music. The band’s reverb-soaked vocals crawl beneath waves of pulsating minimal rhythms, while fuzz driven guitars and prog style keys create …

Athenians Holy Monitor are back with a new single, ‘Blue Whale’ taken from their third LP Southern Lights which will be released later this month. Holy Monitor were founded in Athens, Greece during the summer of 2015 by guitarist Stefanos Mitsis, singer/guitarist George Nikas, keyboardist Vangelis Mitsis, bassist Alex Bolpasis and drummer Dimitris Doumouliakas. Over …

Arriving via a triangulation of Athens, Crete and London, yet existing at a psychic intersection between the ruins of crumbling infrastructure and an intimidating future dystopia Kooba Tercu have seen fit to take arms as only they see fit. This week they unleash their latest offering Proto Tekno on the world, via Rocket Recordings. Led …

‘Stray’ by New York band Bambara is one of those albums that provides a delicious, vicarious thrill on first listen: it has all the brilliance of a coterie of bands stretching from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds to Alabama 3, Wall of Voodoo, Sisters of Mercy to Tindersticks: swaggering, poised story-telling that is visceral …

Taken from their forthcoming fifth album ‘Just Another Generation’, Altanta-Athens quintet The Shut-Ups have revealed a new video for the track ‘Et,Tu? Tomorrow’, and we’re delighted to premiere it here on Backseat Mafia today. Harmony driven but comfortably indie at heart, Et,Tu? Tomorrow skips along (in keeping with the rest of the album) as if …

Out right now is Model Minority, the debut full length from Linqua Franqa, aka Athens-based rapper and linguist Mariah Parker. The linquist doctorate student at the University of Georgia has produced a record of maturity and impeccably crafted hip-hop, that must rank amongst the best hip-hop records of the year. Made up largely of her …

It’s been two and a half years since The Noise Figures released Aphelion, and their absence has been noted. This week they are back with their third LP Telepath, released on Inner Ear Records. Inspired by the theory of spiritualism and influenced by personal experiences, Telepath is in essence a concept album with intense attention …

Athens based linguist/rapper Mariah Parker, aka Linqua Franqa, has her debut album The Model Minority released today via HHBTM Records. As expected from someone with a masters degree in linguistics, the record covers a range of topics includingemotional instability, self-harm, depression and the like with skill, insight and a poetic sense of the real life. …

Athens’ basement psychedelic rock outfit Bazooka have sprung to attention recently with the release of their new EP Zougla (Jungle) released on Inner Ear Records. Bazooka are here to broaden your musical horizons through empowered psychedelia which maintains a raw, infectious energy. Formed in 2008, in Volos, Greece Bazooka are made up of singer/guitarist Xanthos …

Rating: 7/10 With such a tripped-out name drawing focus, the new Acid Baby Jesus album, Lilac Days, released on Fuzz Club Records, has a lot to live up to. These Greek garage rockers have been championed highly in the international scene, being less concerned with the spiritual and tripped-out realms that their name foreshadows but …