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Track: Zombi – Breakthrough & Conquer plus new album news

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Album Review : Paul Gilbert’s ‘Behold Electric Guitar’

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Album Review : Paul Gilbert’s ‘Behold Electric Guitar’

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Cam Butler is a seasoned and experienced multi instrumentalist and producer who is also the co-writer of songs with the legendary Ron S Peno (Died Pretty) in the fabulous Ron S Peno and the Superstitions which he co-founded. Their album ‘Do The Understanding’ was one of my albums of the year last year. In addition, …

The world of Martin Kennedy’s All India Radio is one of mystical sounds and visions that reflect a retro sci-fi world; rich, lush, shimmering sonic architecture that transports you to another universe, another dimension. The astonishing layered nuanced sounds are accompanied by videos and graphics that evoke this strange and alien metaverse. We are therefore …

Berlin-based Miro Denck, otherwise known as TWÏNS, has a new record arriving at the end of the month (pushed back from April). He’s shared three songs from The Human Jazz already, and today unveils a loosie that pays tribute to Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, tipping the hat to (and rearranging) a certain piece of hers in …

So what do you make of tribute albums? Are they places to be seen, a rag bag of cover versions by a bunch of people who have nothing in common except convenient admiration? Well ‘Railroad Cadences & Melancholic Anthems’ by José Medeles may pay homage to John Fahey but there’s a gulf between this album …

There is something haunting and chilling about the new release ‘Halo’ from esteemed composer and solo artist John Lemke that captures an Arctic chill and yet is antithetically warm and organic. It is an achingly beautiful piece filled with layers of moving, ambulant sound. It is utterly moving and affecting: the strings weeping and crying …

The sounds of Brisbane project Grids/Units/Planes (GUP) are that of a cloudy, diffuse space that glitches and hums in a languorous rich texture: awe-inspiring and transfixing. I have always thought that the magic in effective instrumental music is the ability to tell stories and create images without words, and in ‘Diverge and Coalesce’, GUP have …

Some records arrive that make you wonder if there is much value to writing about music. ‘Open’ by the Finnish ambient jazz partnership of reedist Tapani Rinne and composer/producer Juha Maki-Patola is one of those albums. Elusive, shivering with atmosphere, the immersive soundscape that the pair have crafted elevates listening beyond the incidental and reduces …

If you’re reading this, we bet there have been times when you’ve wanted to completely lose yourself in a piece of music. French artist Piers – last name Thibault – is great at producing pieces that evoke that all-consuming longing. His debut EP, Ire, isn’t even 13 minutes long, but it’s an ideal refuge. If …

Last year, Darren Cross released the visceral album, ‘Distorder’, which I described as: …a brilliant expression of our times: discordant, unsettling and at times bleak, but delivered with a swagger and a panache. Cross puts on display his musicianship and creativity, creating something dark and elusive yet touched with a certain element of wry amusement. …

While described as R&B/Funk/Hip Hop, the sound of Melbourne trio The CB3 is eclectic and difficult to pin down, but their new single ‘Teacups & Candy’ is a pure ray of sunshine. The challenge for instrumental groups as always is being able to convey thoughts and feelings without words, and in ‘Teacups & Candy’, The …