(((O))) REVIEWS

Behemoth – Messe Noire

Live albums can be lazy but ‘Messe Noire’ is one hell of a show. ‘Messe Noire’ brings the perfect closure to ‘The Satanist’ era and whets appetites for its long awaited follow up.

Ben Rath – Anything Is Possible

From start to finish this record is transcendental. It lifts, it gifts wings. It lightens loads and massages worries to the peripheries of the mind.

The Orb – No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds

This is a compelling, hugely imaginative and strangely addictive record. A balm for the senses, a holiday from the modern world, ‘No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds’ is the perfect soundtrack to the summer of 2018 and beyond.

Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters – Come & Chutney

Friends of mine frequently mention the good times to be had catching the band in action and no doubt their corpsepaint and tie-dye look makes them hard to forget, once witnessed.

Novusolis – Collapse

This sophomore release showcases the duo’s continued experimentation with sound. Delving further into the world of synths and effects while keeping their signature sound of emotive instrumentation and dreamy vocals.

Death Will Tremble – Departures

An emotionally intense listen that leaves its mark long after the last bars have faded.

David Sylvian & Holger Czukay – Plight & Premonition, Flux & Mutability

Intention or the ‘hand of the artist’ seem absent from the picture as if the tape had captured ghosts in the studio. The music is full of soft drones and washes of sound in which more recognisable instrumentation appears briefly before dissolving, Czukay’s beloved short wave radio burbles in from time to time.

FELIX HAGAN AND THE FAMILY – YOUR FANATIC / SONGS IN THE DARK

I continue to love this band’s work and heartily recommend that you get on board their crazy train to fun town. P.S. bring glitter, lots of glitter!

Papernut Cambridge – Outstairs Instairs

Whilst there may be a dearth of bands influenced by the classic sound of British psych, it only serves to make Papernut Cambridge that much more special. When listening to their music you feel as if a hole in time has opened and offered you a glimpse of what it used to be like.

Mary Lattimore – Hundreds Of Days

Hundreds Of Days is a thing of delicate, shimmering beauty. It wraps around you like a warm breeze in an unfamiliar place. It’s your new favourite harp record.

Low Hums – Night Magic Wine

Drenched in shimmering riffs from the 1960s and full of enthusiasm, this is a record for listening to while driving on the coast in the sun.

Jaye Jayle – No Trail and Other Unholy Paths

There is no doubt that it will stand any test that time decides to throw at it because it already sounds older than it could ever be.

Immersion – Sleepless

Across the record their tunes unfold in an unhurried and slightly directionless manner, turning this way and that on a whim. The journey has no particular goal, it’s all about the ride.

End Christian – Bach Part One

This isn’t music that either knows of or wants a safe space. It’s vanquishing. It’s cathartic. It’s working through its mental passengers. It’s also the paranoid rave of the avant garde.

White Skull Death Snakes of Death – Reification Blues

You probably haven’t heard of White Skull Death Snakes of Death, you’re confused by their name, it’s got two ‘Death’s in it for one thing but you are seriously missing out if you don’t give this album a listen.

Spider Kitten – Concise & Sinister

Concise & Sinister is yet another reason why Spider Kitten are rightfully revered and has to be the band’s most accomplished and well executed material yet with the variety and delivery of the bands music here demonstrating how great a band they are.

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