There’s a rich, confident atmosphere throughout, and frankly the track listing means sack-all in that it’s such a well-balanced record. You can dip in and enjoy it at any point.
Continue reading “Luik – Owls”
(That feeling of) whacky pastoralism may very well be totally in thrall to Henry Cow but sod it; it’s all enormously appealing music after a couple of spins. Well worth five minutes of your time.
Continue reading “Trogons – Life At The Planetarium”
Back to the Drawing Board in particular is a great soul-style rocker replete with a groovy rhythm and a savviness that the other tracks lack.
Continue reading “Silver Magic Ships – Back to Bad Habits”
I really like this a lot. It’s daft, transient music that isn’t hung up about having fun, and human enough to win you round.
Continue reading “Soccer96 – Soccer96”
The band sound tough, quietly confident onstage and seemingly attuned to being a band in whatever circumstance. In that respect they remind me of seeing the Stone Roses back in 1988-9. And it’s not too much of a risk to say they’re the best live guitar band in Holland at the moment.
Continue reading “Rats on Rafts with Ger “Sax” Van Voorden and Harry Merry, Ekko, Utrecht 11/2/12”
Quite how this gig gets off the ground is a mystery to all as some of the members of Gul Night Out don’t seem to be able to plug their instruments in. Jacco has particular problems with a toy microphone, and the keyboard player’s mini casio synth is dwarfed by the table it rests on.
Continue reading “Gul Night Out – Drie Dieren – (and some poetry) – “Scheveingen” single release party – Aalmarkt, Ledien”
This is a magnificent album and those who think that ambient electronica / musique concrète is a dry intellectual medium, think again.
Continue reading “eRikm – Transfall”
Wege is a tactile and elemental record, one that is sensual; not really looking to jump out at you but it’s incredibly charming nonetheless
Continue reading “Andrea Belfi – Wege”
It’s quite a psychedelic record in its own right. In places the sort of sun-bleached, washed out psychedelics found on Tim Buckley or Gene Clark LPs dominate – but the sounds harnessed to create this feeling are great and very much their own master
Continue reading “The Jon Cohen Experimental – Behold”
So I’d say a really good record if you like your troubadours young and wide-eyed. Good enough to knock cynical old me into reviewing at any rate.
Continue reading “Conor Mason – Standstill”