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Album review: New Bums – ‘Last Time I Saw Grace’: Ben and Donovan reveal an unexpected treat

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Album review: Chad VanGaalen – ‘The World’s Most Stressed Out Gardener’: an excellent, multifaceted curio of psych and fun

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·FOR THOSE of you out in the noise hinterlands who are yearning for the recently departed Yuck, wipe the tears from thine eye and don’t despair; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan’s Slow Down Molasses have got a short, sharp pick-me-up that’ll see you right. With a new album, Minor Deaths, their first in five years, slated for an …

SPURNING a promising career in acting is beginning to look like a good move for Chicago baroque-pop artist Bryan Away. With his third single, “Dreams And Circumstance”, out now, followed by an album early next month, it’s time we embraced a songsmith of great talent. The singer-songwriter born Elliott Korte came to music relatively late; …

SERENDIPITY is such a lovely thing to encounter, especially when it leads to a joining of courses and like minds finding each other. Responding to the invitation of Norwegian fiddler Hans Kjorstad, Alasdair Roberts, who’s been beguiling us with his music since those days with Appendix Out back in the late Nineties, made a deep connection with …

SARAH K. PEDINOTTI, the Brooklyn experimental popster who guises as LIP TALK, and who we last saw see-sawing twixt sin and virtue on the psychedelic synthpop of “More”, has dropped another single flirting with the concepts of the vices, the thrumming dayglo silk of “Bargain Day”, coming at pop askew with a little ESG and …

STAY LOOSE are more than a little pleased to welcome a new Tyneside talent to their burgeoning roster of excellent song-crafters in IMOGEN, a singer-songwriter with a voice that alternates between confessional soothing and a powerful soar, singing out the pain in healing catharsis. Pain? Well the single’s title, a one-word, two-syllable image of stark …

HELVETIA is the current musical doings of fine lo-fi songsmith Jason Albertini, otherwise known to your American alt.rock-lovin’ ears as precisely 33% of San Jose’s Duster; and time spent wisely as bassist for the glorious Built to Spill for six years from 2012 to 2018.  His new lockdown basement album is out just over a fortnight from now on …

LATE in August 2019 – more innocent days, hey? – Lightning bug singer Audrey Kang could be found hiking along the windy coastline of Washington state. The trip marked a bit of an escape, a reset, following a cyclical conclusion: the end of an affair, and of a job. Time to get away and resdiscover. …

WE’VE thrilled to the stream of Japanese psych bands that have been melting our heads over the past few decades – Acid Mothers Temple, Ghost, Bo Ningen, Kikagaku Moyo; embraced fully and irrevocably Japanese ambient formalism, in the shape of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Chihei Hatekeyama, et al. Perhaps it’s time we drew back from the exploratory …

IT MUST’VE been pretty full-on cathartic and emotional to have been at the UK Government’s Covid-relaxation test gig in the green surrounds of Liverpool’s Sefton Park on the first Sunday in May. Real, actual, open-air live music. And on that bill was Wigan’s absolute cutest, The Lathums, who got to play a ten-song set to …

FROM times of privation, creativity may arise as a channelling of the anxieties, the energies, of the moments of crisis, Such is the pandemic beginnings of the baggy-psych voyage of upcoming Brit trio Solar Eyes, whose debut offering, “Acid Test”, is with us right here, right now. Solar Eyes is the psychedelic venture of Glenn Smyth, on …