Album reviews

A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos

Whilst  Atomos is much poppier than their last one, it also boasts a greater sense of gravitas and remove.

Vinyl Williams - Into

The record dissolve into an uber-pleasing sound, the sort of thing you imagine plays in Japanese public toilets.

Rival Consoles - Howl

Ryan West's music is like Kingsley Amis's great quote about boozing and having fun; "I want more than my fair share before anyone else has had theirs".

T. Raumschmiere - S/T

Raumschmiere's newie also captures that sense of disconnect in real time that you get when staring out on a still, clear autumn day. Brilliantly.

One More Grain - Grain Fever

Such is the record's jigginess, I feel the need to oil the wheels, to cross the Rubicon and start ordering you to spend your Ambitious Working People's Allowance on this...

Flies on You - etcetera

An army of lost souls to rival Aragorn's Wight Army in Lord of the Rings; bands whose members still flit through the sodden crevices and dingy folds of the Pennines.

British Sea Power - The Decline of British Sea Power Reissue

Decline feels like a huge work of progress (and insight into a zeitgeist) that is now stranded.

Holly Herndon - Platform

Platform is a modern day Trojan Horse; whereby the reconfiguration of the old is smuggled into our consciousnesses, under the guise of the new.

Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld - Never Were The Way She Was

I can appreciate that that listening in to a record made by Sarah Neufeld and Colin Stetson is going to be a bit too austere for some tastes.

Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last

All we can really say is that listening to a new LP by the Thee Oh Sees is a true seat-of-the-pants ride.

Gnod - Infinity Machines

Only the Throbbing Gristle/Coil axis come close to this spaceward/Satanic Mill industrial sound.

Garden of Elks - A Distorted Sigh

A Distorted Sigh is saturated with feelings that popped up in an earlier age; rewind 25 years and this would have been seen as a classic Generation X record.

Wire - Wire

Wire adopt the role of urban shamans, and look to allow people some gateway to intuition, some breathing space in these fractured times.

Chastity Belt - Time to Go Home

Time To Go Home has a sharp wit and a real sense of nous that doesn't just rely on the usual "conventions" of being in a band.

Blanck Mass - Dumb Flesh

The Membranes - Dark Matter Dark Energy

There have been some brilliant and breathtaking "guitar records" this year. And this is one of them.

Autopilot - Autopilot

Overall a great one for sticking on on a lazy or hungover afternoon; and you should give it time.

Jeff Özdemir & Friends

Jeff Özdemir & Friends is a damned good title, for that's what this compilation is, a set of Jeff Özdemir's mates, who showcase the modern urban electro-pop that has become almost ubiquitous in Germany.

Suuns + Jerusalem In My Heart

This record steals with ridiculous and riotous abandon, and does so brilliantly.

Death And Vanilla - To Where The Wild Things Are

Our musical present seems to be a continuous re-digestion of the sweetmeats from the past. And, as with anything, some days it's great and on others it can lead to a whole lot of bellyache.

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