Category Archives: Album Reviews

DOGWATER- Chout

This album is a time warp. Or at least it desperately wants to be. And it takes just five seconds, and one yowl from Dogwater frontman Brendan Maier, to hear where the Chicago outfit are coming from. From mid-tempo maximum-grunge riffs to fuzzy melodies and sluggish solos, ‘Chout’ wants to drag you into 1994. That band name and even the […]

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YODOK III- This Earth We Walk Upon

This is about as slow a burn as you can get. Touted as post-rock for fans of Cult of Luna and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, there is only slight connective tissue to the genre here. Instead ‘This Earth…’ finds the artists formerly known as Yodok (they gained the III when multi-instrumentalist Kristoffer Lo and drummer Tomas Järmyr invited celebrated ambient […]

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EARTH MOVES- The Absurd Man

It would be a damn shame if this got lost in the annual listmageddon and new year turnover period- ‘The Absurd Man’ is essential listening. In just under a quarter of an hour, Brighton-based four-piece Earth Moves pivot from slow-moving post-rock, past cinematic quiets and furious louds, to a searing instrumental ending. Actually one epic track cut into four, you […]

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ITOLDYOUIWOULDEATYOU- Oh, Dearism

This is quite rightfully being talked about as an important record. The debut proper from London outfit Itoldyouiwouldeatyou is a searing and personal examination of gender, sexuality, politics, and philosophy. Track by track, band leader Joey Ashworth delves into a life of discrimination and isolation for inspiration. It’s heavy going at times then, but ‘Oh Dearism’ rarely threatens to buckle […]

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HAMMOCK- Universalis

While Hammock’s last album was born from tragedy and cast in shadow, ‘Universalis’ is about survival, recovery and hope. It looks towards the light. Andrew Thompson and Marc Byrd continue to employ the neoclassical sound they’ve so brilliantly evolved over the last few years so some of this is a little sombre by default but strings now seem to soar instead of swirl, […]

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HOWLS- Eye to Eye/Brick by Brick

Howls are apparently not dead yet but there’s no denying they have been very very quiet for almost two years now. If this brilliant double-header does turn out to be the Brighton bunch’s last hurrah then it’s a compelling bang to go out on. ‘Eye to Eye’ and ‘Brick by Brick’ aren’t new songs though, they actually pre-date the band’s […]

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HOLY FAWN- Death Spells

This is a special record. In fact, ‘Death Spells’ isn’t just another record, this is a real work of art. And this is one of those works capable of moving you, transporting you, maybe even changing you. This isn’t just another record, it’s a long hard stare out into the dawn or the dusk or some other time of low […]

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LINGUA NADA- Snuff

This is great. ‘Snuff’, the debut album by Lingua Nada is a kid that can’t sit still, a glitter cannon fired straight into your brain, an audacious, bodacious triumph. As hard as the German band’s debut tried to pull away, it was definitely anchored by indie rock, but this thing is just something else. Opener ‘SVRF Party’ starts exactly like […]

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LEONOV- Wake

Leonov know exactly what they’re doing. Two months ago this might’ve made no sense. In the coming low lights and low temperatures of the next few though, ‘Wake’ will work wonders. The Norwegian outfit’s second album takes the template of the first- Tåran Reindal’s ethereal vocals over dark post-rock and fuzzy, buzzing doom- and expands on it, bringing it into […]

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