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

Jealous of the Birds – Peninsula

Peninsula is a quality collection of smart, well written songs crossing multiple genres, imbued with fine melodies from start to finish. One to watch!

The Flaming Lips – American Head

I can unequivocally say that American Head is the finest album The Flaming Lips have recorded and is completely and utterly vital to get you through this shit show called life.

Watertank – Silent Running

If you like Torche, then Watertank will float your boat as they have a tremendous way with melody and big chunky riffs.

Caves Of Steel – Path To Ground

Oslo band Caves Of Steel have delivered a fine collection of melodic post rock/metal.

A Sea of Dead Trees – Boaby Coull

Boaby Coull is a remarkable album considering that A Sea of Dead Trees is mostly the work of one man and his looper pedal.

The Magnetic Fields – Quickies

Stephin Merritt remains an exquisite song writer, inventive artist, creative genius, frustrating fucker and wonderful, beautiful soul.

The Dears – Lovers Rock

I don’t know what it will take for The Dears to get what they deserve but if you know their music, you’ll be all the richer for it.

Gold Key – Panic Machine

One of the UK’s finest rock bands return with an album bursting with killer tunes and superb invention.

I Break Horses – Warnings

Warnings should be on your list of albums to listen to, in these times of trouble, let a little light in.

Abrams – Modern Ways

There’s no arguing with good tunes and big fucking riffs, Abrams have them both in abundance.

Pilotcan – No More Shan Goodbyes

Edinburgh’s Pilotcan return with another quality collection of indie-folk gems.

Pure Reason Revolution – Eupnea

Pure Reason Revolution haven’t lost their touch for great melodies, good to have them back.

Therapy? – Greatest Hits (The Abbey Road Session)

To celebrate 30 years of releasing short sharp shocks, Therapy? lovingly recreate 12 of their greatest hits in the famous Abbey Road Studios.

Arvo Party – Love Above All

Love Above All is a beauty of a record, Arvo Party has come a long way in a short period of time and here’s hoping there’s a long way to go.

Greg Dulli – Random Desire

Random Desire is another fine set from a soul man who really doesn’t do bad records and still retains his own unique sound.

Folian – Blue Mirror

Folian’s debut album is a very fine collection of atmospheric drone rock.

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – X: The Godless Void And Other Stories

Trail of Dead rediscover their youthful exuberance and pop sensibilities for one of their finest albums.

Greet Death – New Hell

Unfortunately guitar music doesn’t garner the same attention as it used to do, otherwise this outstanding album could very well have been this generation’s Nevermind.

Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars (Songs From The Film)

A superb companion album to one of the greatest songwriter’s finest albums, Western Stars.

Mars Red Sky – The Task Eternal

Mars Red Sky’s new album is incredible. If Abba had been a sludge band, they might have sounded like this.

Underhand – The Secret History Of Nothing

Chicago three piece Underhand have clearly put their absolute all into creating an outstanding album.

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