Geoff Topley

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Before I begin, can I just say I’m utterly hopeless at writing biographies, in all my years of knocking out CD-Rs under my many artistic guises I’ve never cobbled together a decent press release. Whether it be through shy modesty or plain embarrassment at blowing my own trumpet, I struggled when it came to self promotion. Just as well then that I’m not trying to inflict anything apon you here.

As you may have gathered, I’m a musician of sorts from Portadown. I’ve been floating in and around the Northern Irish music scene for over 20 years. (If you really want to know more about this aspect of my life, google me) In fact, it was through sending Dan my music that I came to know about Echoes and Dust.

I listen to a wide range of musical styles but my main interest is in instrumental rock/metal, dreampop/drone and I do have a leaning towards electronic music. My ears are very much tuned into melody, whatever the genre. Though I have a penchant for the extremities of Noise Rock/Hardcore when the mood takes me.

It’s been a lifelong ambition to write music reviews and I’m very grateful to have been given this opportunity.

Articles by Geoff Topley

Sigils – You Built The Altar, You Lit The Leaves

Sigils’ debut is a fine collection of doom metal conveying grace, beauty and haunting melodies.

Royal Trux – White Stuff

The first album in 19 years from Royal Trux is exactly what you would expect. Equal parts genius and trash.

Mono – Nowhere Now Here

A triumphant, beautiful, affecting, tragic but glorious collection from one of the world’s finest instrumental bands.

Pilotcan – Bats Fly Out From Under The Bridge

Edinburgh’s Pilotcan release their first album in 14 years and it’s well worth the wait.

Planet B – Planet B

Planet B bring the noise on their debut album of cacophonous industrial hip-hop.

Jon Spencer – Spencer Sings The Hits!

You really do have to admire Spencer’s tenacity in spreading the rock n’ roll gospel as he sees fit. I guess I’m just not as receptive to hearing it as I used to be.

This Will Destroy You – New Others Part Two

This Will Destroy You left their best new music for Part Two. Part One now makes more sense.

We Hunt Buffalo – Head Smashed In

Vancouver’s We Hunt Buffalo ably match the creature they proudly claim to seek, in every way. Powerful, loud and fuzzy!

Cat Power – Wanderer

Join Cat Power on her road trip soundtracked by some wonderful songs from the heart.

Crippled Black Phoenix – Great Escape

Great Escape is a majestic album with a balance of heaviness and melancholic melodies which is nigh on perfect.

This Will Destroy You – New Others Part One

There are moments of splendour but ultimately This Will Destroy You’s fifth album underwhelms when compared to their previous work.

Emma Ruth Rundle – On Dark Horses

Another heavenly collection of heartfelt songs that embellish an already stellar back catalogue of greatness.

Ash – Islands

Northern Ireland’s Ash return triumphantly with a set of fine pop rock nuggets.

1099 – Blindpassasjer

Norwegian post-rock specialists 1099 elevate their sound on third album ‘Blindpassasjer’ to the skies and beyond.

Josh T. Pearson – The Straight Hits!

Josh T. Pearson takes us on the musical equivalent of a night out on the lash with an entertaining collection of upbeat rockers and downbeat ballads.

Mantis – Magnolia

Mantis from Belgium unleash a fine debut album. For fans of ASIWYFA and Russian Circles.

Ministry – AmeriKKKant

Ministry are back on form with new levels of rage resulting in their best album since ‘Psalm 69’.

Estuary Blacks – Estuary Blacks

Estuary Blacks have come from nowhere to deliver an exceptional debut album of progressive/stoner/post rock. It is a truly magnificent album and simply has to be heard.

Joan As Police Woman – Damned Devotion

Another high quality album of warm and passionate electro soul from Joan Wasser,

Haunch – Lay My Bones Beside The Others

From the badlands of Larne comes a very fine debut album from Haunch, featuring members of Dutch Schultz and Therapy.

And So I Watch You From Afar – The Endless Shimmering

And So I Watch You From Afar return with their heaviest and most technical album to date.

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