Album reviews

Land of Kush – The Big Mango

The Big Mango is a glorious mess, a true sonic jumble mixing all sorts of sounds that titillate the senses; at one turn it could be a Moondog record, at another it tries to convince you it’s a Soft Machine outtake.

Eats Lights Become Lights – Modular Living

So: if you like modulated synth patterns that hark back to a sort of (imagined) utopian era of cosmic rock, especially ‘73-77, you’ll eat this up.

Terror Bird – All This Time

The sense of defiant melancholy is all over tracks like All This Time, or the incredibly catchy opener, The Wrong Way. It’s very Marc Almond.

Forest Fire – Screens

Divorce – Divorce - Singles and LP

So, the squid was beaming some essential info to me after all. We both transmitted and received; yowsa, yowsa, yowsa. Consider this writer a fan of Divorce.

Las Kellies – Total Exposure

...the onus is on you the listener to put the spadework in to better reveal its charms.  It’s akin to being at a party with the lights down low, stumbling around and trying to find groovy people to latch onto.

Guido Möbius - Through The Darkness Gathers

Them Germans eh?, with their Grünewald and  Dix; all this confessional expressionism… it can make you quite dizzy.

Graveyard Tapes- Our Sound is Our Wound

If the sound offered by Graveyard Tapes really is ‘their wound’, then it’s an oozy, self-inflicted gash reeking of antiseptic and self-loathing. Let’s hope it doesn’t heal

Future Bible Heroes – Partygoing

...John Shuttleworth practising his Casio chops in Johnny Minton’s flat, the North Sea ferry act Anthony H Wilson would have booked on the spot, Soft Cell turning up as the new entertainers in Hi de Hi

Sarah Neufeld – Hero Brother

Eleanor Friedberger – Personal Record

This is no clever tribute record mind, or accomplished addition to an already impressive back catalogue; this is a bona fide classic.

William Basinski – Nocturnes

The opener Nocturnes – weighing in at over 40 minutes - got me through my shirts and the girlfriend’s dresses. The second track, The Trail of Tears, saw me finish off the other nicks and nacks and gave me time to put the ironing board away.

Death Row Radio – Yummy

I think this lot hail from Newcastle, a Roman city with a defined and often celebrated Northern work ethic.

Guided by Voices – Little English League / Glue on Bicycle

I always enjoyed the play off between Tobin Sprout and Captain Bob; Sprout’s gentle and witty Byrds/Beatles-isms doing battle with the “Roky fronts the Who” schlock that Pollard promotes.

Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds – Haunted Head

This is the stuff that’s been round the block so many times it doesn’t matter anymore whether you think you’ll get brownie points for digging it or seeing it as a vital part of the zeitgeist (or some other nonsense.)

William Tyler – Impossible Truth

But regardless of who, why or how; the main thing is that Impossible Truth is one of the records of the year, one of those surprises that no-one saw coming.

Lust For Youth – Perfect View

No flutes were touched in the making of this concrete catalogue of 1st World Problems.

IIOII – 6 6

If you like Harmonia or T Dream’s more melodic early moments, I bet you’ll tune into this.

Patric Catani – Blingsanity

You can’t help but love tripped out, perverted Kraut nonsense like How I Roll, Tropical Rain or Heartstrong, (the noises in this latter track sound like a randy penguin.)

CTCVN - Aborting Eve

Imagine Wesley Willis in space, fronting a heavy metal band whose members are baboons on Ritalin.  Then you may come close.  Fun, eh?

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