Martyn Coppack

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I was raised out of steel in the swamps of New Jersey, well, at least I like to think so. The reality is a mundane town in North Wales called Wrexham. After years of trying to escape via the means of sex, drugs and rock and roll (well, two of them are right!) I eventually settled down to a life of nappies and office work. This wasn't enough though and that urge to be Keith Richards just kept creeping up…that's when I met Dan. Like a collision of two worlds, a grand meeting of minds or just pure luck, I pestered Dan with my rather basic scrawlings on unknown punk bands only for the reply to be, you are able…join us…and so it was. I love music and I love writing so to do both is a no-brainer really. I may be the resident old school rocker of E&D but the truth could not be further away. Put aside my Springsteen fixation and you will find a nice sweet person who, when put in front of a typewriter, becomes a cross between Bukowski, Thompson and Bangs. Beware any bands who try to mollycoddle me into a good review, I bite. All music is good but in particular it has to be Americana, psych and garage for me. E&D has given me the opportunity to push my beliefs onto other people and I am forever grateful. May this go on forever! As a side note, I stilll to this day do not understand what Post-Rock is. Â

Articles by Martyn Coppack

Prana Crafter – MindStreamBlessing

There is something quite special about a Prana Crafter release, and to get this album on vinyl is a rather wonderful thing. Mastered by Chris Hardman, the music punches a hole into your psychedelic mind, and fills it with peace and calm.

Sunwatchers – Illegal Moves

An album that’s not for the casual listener, but certainly one that pays if you give it chance. The energy can overcome you at times, but when the band hit their stride they sound like the greatest free-form jazz/psych band ever.

11Paranoias – Asterismal

Within all the intense noise, what you do have is an album which once again shows Mike Vest as being one of the prime exponents of psych in the UK (and elsewhere for that matter).

Paisiel – Paisiel

If traditional song structures are your thing then you are probably best steering clear of this album, but if you are after some excellent freak-out jazz psych then dive right in.

Gemma Ray – Psychogeology

Psychogeology is one of those albums which reveals itself more and more as you poke around its little crannies. At first it seems deceptively simple, but as you explore further you realise there is some sublime artistry and craft going on

Chicago Odense Ensemble – S/T

Overall though, an at times gorgeous listen which makes at times makes demands on your listening to make for an altogether interesting experience.

Volcano – The Island

With a line-up consisting of members of Harsh Toke, Joy, Loom and Radio Moscow, you would imagine that offshoot group Volcano would offer something quite remarkable. What you might not expect is a full on Afrobeat album steeped in a lysergic stew of San Diego acid.

Skraeckoedlan – Eorþe

Fun is what’s missing though, and what made part of the Skraeckoedlan experience so exciting. There’s nothing wrong with this album, and the discerning fuzz rocker will find much too love.

Inside Label: Adam Harmsworth Of Drone Rock Records

“For me Drone Rock Records has been a hobby first and foremost so its never been about making loads of money and retiring to Necker Island a la Branson”. Martyn Coppack talks psych & the hazards of running a small label with Adam from Drone Rock Records.

Kungens Män – Chef

From pure psychedelic freak out, to exploratory ramblings, and all imbued with a sense of communal priority to create together a work of immense intelligence, Chef is an album which begs for continued listens and deep immersion.

Kanaan – Windborne

On hearing Windborne for the first time, perhaps the most surprising thing is that it is their debut album

The Sonic Dawn – Eclipse

You may have heard it all before, but when it’s delivered in such zest as this you would be remiss not to enjoy the album for what it is. It’s a wonderful reminder of times gone by, and in the power of good song-writing and melodies.

Helicon – Zero Fucks

Explosive, exploratory and intense, Zero Fucks is a curt reminder that Helicon are a band to remain resolutely aware of.

Steve Mason – About The Light

About The Light is a varied listen, and may actually be the most open and accessible that Mason has been for a long time, if ever. This variety provides a playful impact and results in an album where you keep finding extra little treats

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – De Facto

Already cutting a rather singular path through the psych strewn landscape, here they cement themselves as leaders of their own continually evolving space.

Arcadian Child – Superfonica

In some respects, the gung-ho spirit of the debut album was what made Arcadian Child such a delightful prospect, and whilst they may head down more calmer routes this time, they still retain that initial glee

The Left Outsides: A Hidden Treasure

“I think, as probably with any art, if you are the person creating it, it’s very difficult to not put some of yourself into it. I know that I wouldn’t be keen on that art if this was not the case.”

Will Sol from Prana Crafter

Enter the Stream is a release which evokes the true meaning of psychedelic music, Prana Crafter, or Will Sol as he is known outside of his moniker, has crafted an album which is beautiful, spiritual and supremely tripped out. In order to find out more about this enigma, Echoes and Dust sent Martyn Coppack along for a chat.

King Buffalo – Longing To Be The Mountain

If either Orion, or Repeater whetted your appetite for this band, then Longing For The Mountain is that moment where you find a band really maturing and becoming something that could be really special.

Les Big Byrd – Iran Iraq IKEA

This band have it all, through wonderful melodic songs, an uber-cool image, an attitude which reeks of rock and roll, and the ability to make you smile.

RMFTM & 10,000 Russos

For all its heavy monstrous drones and gasps of industrial noise, there is something almost enticing about this release. It’s come at a time where both bands are at the height of their powers, and it really shines through.

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