Dedicating a track to Pussy Riot and pushing the audience on, the gig, band and audience eventually dissolved in a sort of ur-Adventist piss up. Mission accomplished.
Continue reading “Japanther, Those Foreign Kids, Sweet Release of Death, (INDIE INDIE #4.5) Vrankrijk, Amsterdam 14/11/2012”
What we couldn’t handle was the end, where the previously polite and sedate chair donned a rubber face mask: one which was a queasy mix of the features of Silvio Berlusconi and 70’s snooker ace Ray Reardon.
Continue reading “Rosa Ensemble – “Landschap der Nederlandse Volksmuziek (deel 2)” Meet and Greet, Leiden, 9/11/2012”
Rather than some sort of placid, peer-induced demonstration record showcasing all the sounds they listen to, Cokefloat is, in fact, just like old alternative rock records used to be, especially those from the Blast First scene.
Continue reading “Paws – Cokefloat”
So old and new, continuity and change, standstill and motion. Minny Pops are still the same intriguing bag of contradictions. They play their last live gig at the Quietus / Lexington bash in London on 26th November. Don’t miss it.
Continue reading “Minny Pops – Waiting For This To Happen / Glistering”
A lot of the songs are wrapped in a mist with only the odd marsh light to prick your attention, even though it’s easily the most uncomplicated of his records that I’ve heard in terms of sound.
Continue reading “Yusuf Azak – Go Native”
Living here as I do I find it an incredibly evocative take on both the landscape and the “binnengevoel” that life in NL engenders; it’s that bit removed, a little bit shrink-wrapped, and hermetically sealed.
Continue reading “Breek – ‘Burst’ EP”
It’s a quiet release overall, pretty meditative but with some beautiful tracks, which conjure up those bleak moorlands and soft valleys round Burnley and Clitheroe to a tee. It’s supremely trippy too, how could it not be?
Continue reading “Various – Pendle, 1612”
The spindly sound makes everything come across a bit world weary, a bit Syd Barrett, that sort of maisonette, down-at-heel urban blues, which if handled well (as it is here) can be really affecting music.
Continue reading “Vernon Sélavy- Stressed Desserts Blues”
the band’s sound is essentially lackadaisical, it’s their “thing”, their core… and as long as you can live with that, you will find that the tracks are charming enough in their own way.
Continue reading “The Yawns – The Yawns”
If you know the work of Harry Merry – or John Shuttleworth – then you will come prepared to the world of Clockwork Orchestra.
Continue reading “Clockwork Orchestra – Friends Without Names”