(((O))) Category: Reviews

Gazpacho – Soyuz

The snapshots captured on Norwegian art prog band Gazpacho’s ‘Soyuz’ set out to depict moments that pass and cannot be “saved for later”. Be that as it may, there’s lots to savour here on a record that at its core deals with human frailty.

AJA – AJA

AJA’s self titled debut, on the mighty Opal Tapes, is a bracing half hour of caustic, seductive, electro-noise.

Church of the Cosmic Skull – Science Fiction

Church of the Cosmic Skull’s sophomore album ‘Science Fiction’ wraps the listener around in a thick blanket of extra warm, sumptuous, soothing sounds.

Palm Reader – Braille

‘Braille’ shows a Palm Reader exploring and adding in other dimensions to their sound, whilst remaining uncompromising and heavy. A worthy addition to 2018’s already burgeoning heavy British releases.

Cosmal – Slow Motion

You know that “Chill Grooves” station you have in your Pandora profile? Well if there was a sub-room filled with smoke and even more relaxed babes, that’s where Cosmal lives.

Leon III – Leon III

One of the more impressive psych Americana albums of the year so far.

Gnod – Chapel Perilous

Chapel Perilous is one of the most formidable Gnod releases thus far and in a seemingly flawless discography, that’s certainly something to behold.

Gnod – Be Aware Of Your Limitations (Live at Roadburn 2017)

This restless willingness to push things further, to bend and break forms just to see what happens, is Gnod’s greatest gift. The results here are two side long tracks that form a unified whole, finely balanced between the band in loose experimental mood and the sort of abstracted soundscaping Liles gets up to in his solo outings.

The Space Merchants – Kiss the Dirt (w Exclusive Track Stream)

The Space Merchants’ Kiss the Dirt straddles the stuff you like about psych, blues, acid and 70’s era hard rock, all the stuff your dad still listens to, while retaining modern era sound and complexity.

Jon Hopkins – Singularity

This feels like holding on to separating chain links on a fairground ride that is spinning faster and faster, the centrifugal force sending us further out, right to the edge of the parabola.

Hundred Year Old Man – Breaching

‘Breaching’ is stunning and leaves no doubt that Hundred Year Old Man is one of the best post-metal bands around.

High Priestess – High Priestess

An impressive introduction, full of strong performances, promising songs and just enough individuality to mark High Priestess out from the metal hordes.

Silas Neptune – The Scales Of Tahuti

The Gates Of Tahuti is a richly atmospheric and very welcome addition to the ever-expanding and suspiciously aromatic cloud of Ozric Tentacles-related releases, but it’s also a hugely enjoyable demonstration of Silas Neptune’s prodigious talents.

The Body – I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer

Their name has often seemed odd to me because their music deals not in our physicality but in mental anguish and emotional torment. The unceasing existential horror of life. The Body conjure something truly apocalyptic and heart sick where lesser lights indulge in scary devil pantomime, somehow achieving a greater resonance and sincerity despite sometimes almost comedic levels of bleakness.

Respire – Dénouement

The emphatic Canadian collective return with an intimate reflection on issues affecting individuals in modern society. Powerful, devastating and utterly heartbreaking, Respire confess and convalesce with their astounding second album.

GUM – The Underdog

Tame Impala and Pond member Jay Watson proves himself on his own with his fourth album as GUM.

A Perfect Circle – Eat The Elephant

I feel A Perfect Circle didn’t release the best album of their career but they released what they wanted and what they felt was right at this time. The final result is a good balance of their distinct and cemented sound while trying to add even more dimensions, details and influences.

Good Luck in Death – They promised us a bright Future, we were content with an obscure past

They Promised Us A Bright Future is a participatory experience between an artist and its listener. What you get out of They Promised Us A Bright Future will depend on how much you’re willing to actively engage with it.

Green Altar – Heavy Side of the River

Hailing from the hinterlands of South Dakota, Green Altar deliver up an excellent slab of sludge with their second album ‘Heavy Side of the River’.

Ommadon – End Times

The title of the album really is perfect and needs say no more. ‘End Times’ is a dreary, unnerving and distressing apocalyptic soundtrack to the end of days.

Okkervil River – In The Rainbow Rain

Okkervil River goes pop and still comes up with the goods.

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