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Myriad Drone – Arka Morgana

Arka Morgana is an ambitious piece of work and the band should be applauded for trying something a bit different. In places, the band create a stunning and wonderful soundscape. In just under an hour the band range from sparse to melodic to frantic and heavy.

Apokalyptic Raids – The Pentagram

Turn up loud and blast The Pentagram in true Hellhammer worshipping fashion. Tom G. Warrior would be proud!

No-Man – Love You to Bits

It’s been 11 years since No-Man have released a new album after Schoolyard Ghosts. For the past 32 years their music has been this crossover between ambient, trip-hop, dreamy, chamber, and the art genre. This year, they’ve returned home to the mothersh …

DEAD KENNEDYS – IGUANA STUDIOS REHEARSAL TAPE – SAN FRANCISCO 1978

An interesting historical document that gives a (literally) rough idea of what the Dead Kennedys sounded like as a five-piece.

Tindersticks – No Treasure But Hope

No Treasure But Hope is not quite the masterpiece it could have been… but it is an album unexpectedly filled with musical joy and, despite what the title suggests, sparkling riches.

Moon Ra – S/T

It’s been quite a year for instrumental psych albums already but Moon Ra can certainly add their name to the ever growing clamour of space explorers.

Smoke Fairies – Out of the Woods / Disconnect 7″

Their characteristic melancholy is bolstered by a harder edge that is a progression from their more “recent” material (ie, about 5 years ago – they’ve been away a while)

Abronia – The Whole of Each Eye

It sounds unlike anything else out there at the moment, and with the added colours of sax and pedal steel, only All Them Witches may lay claim to being a close companion in weird gothic countrified, free form jazz psych.

Giant Swan – S/T

Giant Swan is not an attempt to capture their exhilarating live show in album form but ten tracks of divergent abstract electronics.

Avatarium – The Fire I Long For

Avatarium’s melodic, classist doom metal is peppered with oodles of classy, epic sky rocketing, classic rock on fourth album The Fire I Long For.

Charles Rumback & Ryley Walker – Little Common Twist

Throughout the album, Rumback and Walker show that the old maxim ‘less is more’ proves itself once again, but also that it can be only done by those that truly know and feel the music.

Pray For Sound – Waves

In a genre where it has become more and more difficult to stand out, small things make a big difference. Pray For Sound have been around since 2011 and are part of the newer generation of American Post Rock bands. They have made themselves known by par …

Bodies On Everest / Lump Hammer – WHELMED

It is unlikely that you will step away from this record humming one of its merry tunes. This is not a party record.

Green Lung – Free the Witch

The timely re-booted release of Free the Witch demonstrates the quality Green Lung have accomplished in a very short space of time.

Shida Shahabi – Shifts

Shida Shahabi has seized time as if it is a tangible commodity and forged this short but affectingly delicate EP

Suss – High Line

It seems that SUSS is well versed in all musical tips and tricks because they pass the test with flying colors. Flying colors that seem to stay on the (American Western) ground, just as the band intended them to do.

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