Category Archives: Records

HALOSAR- ‘New Forge’

Halosar is the collaborative electronic project of multidisciplinary artists and childhood friends James Jano and Cullen Miller. And maybe this, their debut album, could only have been made by two people. Because as much as ‘New Forge’ is reminiscent of solo sonic pioneers like Tim Hecker or Daniel Lopatin, there’s also an audible push and pull to proceedings. ‘Pretzel Summit’ […]

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SPICE- ‘A Better Treatment’

Spice are so damn good. Their debut album was identifiably punk- powered along by driving drums, catchy riffs, and the sneer of erstwhile Ceremony frontman Ross Farrar- but it was much more than that. There was a rough, ready, improvised vibe. There was a total, brilliant disregard for genre conventions. There was violin! This new two-song EP doubles down on […]

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EVERY TIME I DIE- ‘Radical’

Every Time I Die defy. The boys from Buffalo have been riffing rebellious and beating the odds since 1998 of course, but ‘Radical’ is something else. They haven’t picked that album title for nothing. Every Time I Die continue to defy their lifespan. This is their ninth album in 20 years. Those are unprecedented numbers for a band that play […]

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SUNSTINGER- ‘Beyond the Frame’

Sunstinger say they want to sound “as loud as possible” here, on their debut EP. And I get it, conventional wisdom suggests the shoegazey sound they’re going for works best at speaker-busting volume, and with every sonic space filled with noise. But the Fife four-piece have a knack for a hook that they shouldn’t ignore, and actually sound most compelling […]

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LINGUA IGNOTA- ‘Sinner Get Ready’

No one is ready for this. Not us sinners, not anyone else. Those who fell under the spell of Lingua Ignota’s previous album might recognise small parts of ‘SINNER GET READY’, but even they’re not really ready. Because while there’s some sonic connective tissue to what came before- Kristin Hayter’s powerful voice remains up close and in sharp focus. And there’s […]

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TURNSTILE- ‘Glow On’

If the last Turnstile album was a small but highly concentrated ball of energy, a hadouken of hardcore, this is the mushroom cloud left over when that energy finally reaches critical mass. This is the audio equivalent of one of those videos showing someone slice open a cone of yarn– what was tightly packed, pops open, what was inside, is […]

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PILE- ‘Songs Known Together, Alone’

Pile are a rock band. They make rock music. Think Pixies or Polvo or Fugazi. Their last album was a winning combination of off-kilter rhythms, unique, unsettling quiets, and weird, wiry louds. But Pile began life as the solo project of singer-songwriter Rick Maguire. So, when the pandemic locked him and his band members in different places last year, it […]

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TAYNE- ‘Coherent’

Tayne’s debut album was like a poorly thought-out mixtape. It was full of great bits and pieces, and packed with exciting potential, but it was a clashing stylistic smorgasbord. Thankfully, the band (led by the do-it-all Matthew Sutton) have streamlined their approach for this new EP, and ‘Coherent’ thoroughly lives up to its name. Sutton still has a varied taste, […]

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BOSSK- ‘Migration’

A migration is a great journey. A migration is driven by instinct, by something you can feel in your heart just as much as in your head. A migration is something slow but undeniably steady, perhaps even unstoppable. There could hardly be a more fitting title for Bossk’s second record. For a band that are the polar opposite of prolific […]

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SOUR WIDOWS- ‘Crossing Over’

Sour Widows shouldn’t even be here today. Following the release of the Californian trio’s excellent debut, they should’ve been touring, playing festivals, maybe taking over the world. Like so many things, the band’s plans were permanently altered by the pandemic. Instead of moping though, they’ve taken the opportunity to produce more music. And, while there’s more space, and more subtlety […]

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