Songwriter, craftsman and curator, a dark horse by name and by nature, this alnum’s unlikely to bring Cheval Sombre out of the shadows but it may just extend them into a few more people’s record collections.
Continue reading “Cheval Sombre – Mad Love”
And, if I hear this album again, I’ll be picking up a nice big stake, assembling a mob of angry villagers, replete with pitchforks and torches, and having me a good old-fashioned Goth hunt.
Continue reading “Notes from the fireside – He who is always alone – Smack Wizards, TALIBAM, Kiss the Anus of a Black Cat”
By far the most impressive thing about this album, without a shadow of a doubt, is its coherence. The careful structure of the record, depth of emotion communicated with such deliberate moderation, the cohesion of the sound that runs right thoughout the album makes it fanatastic as a whole.
Continue reading “Will Samson – Balance”
Intelligent, beautiful, exhilarating and overpowering: a description of both America the country and America the album. It is clearly Deacon’s most successful work and hopefully presages even more impressive things to come.
Continue reading “Letter from Sheffield – Autumn 2012”
At one point Marc went out for a fag mid song, walking back in past some bemused members of the crowd who’d obviously be happier hanging out at Hema. And almost trying to outdo himself, Marc finishes things off in true entertainer’s style by jumping into the drumkit.
Continue reading “Spilt Milk and Mere at the Kunstroute Aalmaarkt, Leiden 23/9/2012”
…though the Friday nights are now a regular fixture, the new (and frankly shambolic) press operation from SUB’s new set of bookers means I never know what’s on…
Continue reading “Seal of Quality, The Bent Moustache, Mordor Crew – SUB071 Leiden, 12/10/2012”
And all this high minded rejection of the Debordian spectacle is set over the most delightful, mellifluous electropop sound you could imagine.
Continue reading “B Fleischmann – I Am Not Ready For The Grave Yet”
…imagine some Cowell / Waterman figure manipulating these poppy well-crafted tracks into god-awfully addictive ur- torch-lit rallies for our collective subjugation…
Continue reading “Malka Spigel – Every Day is Like the First Day”
Look at the titles, it should give you a hint of what’s going on: Are You Expired?, Coward, Bodies, Wrong Affection. You almost expect a hidden extra track called Body Bag, or something.
Continue reading “Rella The Woodcutter – I Know When It’s Time To Get The Fuck Away”