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ELSEWHERE a very fine guitarist with The Phantom Band, Duncan Marquiss is stepping out into the world of solo instrumental guitar in the spring with an album for folk imprint of high regard, Basin Rock. And he’s already held in such esteem in guitar soli circles that he’s picked up a support slot with the …

MONTREAL’S Constellation, who’ve brought us so many great leftfield moments these past two decades from Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Fly Pan Am, Do Make Say Think and a host of others, have added another string to their bow with the signing of Kee Avil, the new project from hometown singer, guitarist and producer Vicky Mettler. …

GRADUATE of the esteemed Royal Academy of Music, and a man who’s collaborated musically with a host of the truly great and good – that CV including, since you ask, Brian Eno, Imogen Heap, David Byrne, Grace Jones, Regina Spektor, Jon Hopkins and Paul Simon, and that’s just a précis; on that CV Leo Abrahams also has also …

HE MAY Not be quite as familiar a name on these shores, but in Spain Suso Sáiz is something of an Eno figure; a pioneer of ambient and minimalist music in the country, he’s released something like 28 albums of beautiful and exploratory music since his 1984 debut, Prefiero El Naranja (‘I Prefer Orange’). He’s …

LONDON-based guitarist, composer and sonic manipulator Leo Abrahams has shared another track of out-six string journeying from next month’s album for figureight, Scene Memory II. it’s called “Harm Organ”, it’s a real hall of mirrors, and you can listen to it below. An alumnus of Marylebone’s Royal Academy of Music, and besides being one half …

RIVAL CONSOLES are on the home straight towards the release of a new dance-collaborative album, Overflow, in the first days of December, and as you’d expect it’s pristine and beautiful while also springing from the well of the leftfield. He’s truly great, one of my top three electronica artists of the moment, along with HAAi, …

PHANTOM LIMB, the label headed by James Vella which has, in recent times, released dark and supremely thrilling, challenging works by the likes of Kevin Richard Martin and Richard Skelton, could do no other than welcome the incoming super-triumvirate of Corroded Spiral to its hearthside, upon hearing that trio’s plans to make music together; especially …

CORNISH post-rock/shoegaze/post-rock trio Mildred Maude really are the coming men, with their first album for the excellent Sonic Cathedral out tomorrow and a tour to follow. The intersection of guitarist Matt, drummer Louie and bassist Lee is a bloody beautiful noise in the live arena and, it transpires, fully over the four tracks of their …

HERE at Backseat Mafia, we’ve loved the brittle, pretty guitar experimenta of New York’s Rachika Nayar for a good while; check our write-ups for a brace of single drops from her album for NNA Tapes at the beginning of the year, the otherworldly fire of “Losing Too Is Still Ours” and the potency of “The …

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 …