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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

Helium Horse Fly – Hollowed

A surreal, unnerving journey through noise rock’s outer reaches. Hollowed crackles with an uneasy energy that at times makes it a hard, but ultimately rewarding listen.

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.

Steve’s 9th Incarnation – 9th Incarnation

9th Incarnation shows what experience can do for you when you make a debut album, but also that there is such a thing as modern psychedelia.

Marasme – Malsons

This cracking blend of post-metal and post-hardcore from Mollorca shows that living in a warm climate doesn’t necessarily make you worry free.

Innerwoud & Astrid Stockman – Haven

Haven is one of those projects that doesn’t hold much promise on paper but brings along quite several musical pleasures to a daring listener.

Ancestors – Suspended in Reflections

Suspended in Reflections is a really stunning piece of work, it’s dense, multi-layered and full of twists and turns. Patient in pace, occasionally exploding but it’s never overused. The band really show some musical talent, adding organ, strings and piano to what in places might be more straight forward post-metal.

Lost Crowns – Every Night Something Happens

It is challenging, complexity, surreal, twisted, and transcendental. Lost Crowns’ Every Night Something Happens is a great introduction to start 2019 off.

Foghound – Awaken to Destroy

Foghound honour their fallen comrade – Rev. Jim Forrester R.I.P. – with an album packed full of riffy urgency and tight-but-loose ferocity.

Tallies – Tallies

Toronto dream-pop four-piece Tallies craft a debut which is engaging in parts and frustratingly familiar in others.

The Monolith Deathcult – V2 – Vergelding

V2 – Vergelding is a soundtrack to the fall of civilisation. Listen with tongue firmly in cheek.

Diatribes – Echoes & Sirens

Like quite a number of mountain roads, diatribe’s dub to the avant-garde trip was riddled with possible potholes, but these guys effectively escape them quite admirably.

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.

Mortiis – The Song of a Long Forgotten Ghost (Remaster)

Has the demo stood the test of time? Absolutely. Mortiis manages to be simultaneously ahead of his era and lingering in the deep past, so this recording will always sound both fresh and ancient. This ghost’s song will be remembered for a long time to come.

Talitha Rise – An Abandoned Orchid House

An Abandoned Orchid House is like a flower bursting into bloom in real time.

Dead Objectives – Human Symptom

This album is a thing of excellence, musically inventive and diverse, lyrically insightful it superbly critiques dystopia-in-the-making Britain in the 21st Century while also taking time to recognise both (global) interconnections and the struggles of individuals trying to construct meaningful, positive selves in an impoverished cultural landscape. 

Bismuth – The Slow Dying of the Great Barrier Reef

It is difficult to know where to start with a body of work as intimidating and weighty (not to mention heavy) as this. It is phenomenally affecting and the title alone makes the listener think about the gradual destruction that humans are inflicting on the earth.

Deep Energy Orchestra – Playing With Fire

I wouldn’t call them a super group, because it would be too much of a cop-out. They are a family by working together as a team. And for me, Playing with Fire brings the Octet as one.

Malcolm Middleton – Bananas

Pretty much everyone who will buy into Bananas will feel an understanding and a kinship in here, thanks to an overarching warmth and a welcoming space in which to empathise, clap along to, or just sing along with the sweary bits. 

A Swarm of the Sun – The Woods

If misery makes for the best music then this is one of the best albums ever written. ‘The Woods’ is a mesmeric winter album – bleak, cold, lonely, touching on everything A Swarm of the Sun do well and taking it in a new, epic direction.

Sonar – Live at Moods

From the experimental, avant-garde, jazz, atmospheric, and creative forces behind their music, Sonar delivers the goods and the flaming fires that are on here. And it will never, ever burn out. I guarantee it.

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