Album Review: Lydia – Liquor

Arizona’s indie-pop lover boys Lydia have returned to the studio for the release of their latest LP Liquor. The album artwork consists of a sinister image of a figure seemingly attempting to drown themselves. Yet, whilst the cover connotes an extension of their darker ‘emo’ origins, the music contained within it could hardly be further…

Album Review: Broken Bellows – I, Kaleidoscope

Cory Brent and Will Prinzi, former members of the punk band Reckless Serenade, have announced the release date for their new album I, Kaleidoscope. After the dispersal of their former band, the duo decided to continue their music journey and create their own band, Broken Bellows. After releasing their first EP called The Card Table…

Album Review: Dwellings – Lavender Town

As a whole, Lavender Town sits comfortably within the indie genre. Supplemented by lots of rock guitar riffs, the infrequent but precise use of guttural screaming and growls is apparent in many of the songs without becoming overused and stale; instead they provide emphasis and have an intense effect. “Pink Noise” is unavoidable as an…

Album Review: Rat The Magnificent – The Body As Pleasure

Rat The Magnificent is music for a dark room lit by strobe light. A band that deploys rock noises like a coordinated attack: dissonance, screeches, palm muted guitars – they’re all here. But to understand Rat The Magnificent in context, we must first ask one question: Who is Steve Albini? Several hours of extensive research…

Album Review: Peter More – Beautiful Disrepair

Eleven tracks recorded over two years comprise an auditory narrative attributed to the chance encounter between More and Donald Fagan in San Miguel, Central Mexico. Produced under creativity and flair, each piece features a generic melange that largely consists of classic rock, soulful blues, folk and even a dash of Latin music. The most interesting…

Review: Juno Reactor – The Mutant Theatre

The multimedia psytrance ensemble experience that is Juno Reactor, known to some for mainman Ben Watkins’ collaborations with Don Davis on the Matrix soundtrack, is not an endeavour known for doing anything by halves. Juno Reactor – the Mutant Theatre, the latest step in their kaleidoscopic vision, is the soundtrack to a visual and theatrical…

Live Review: Courtney Barnett @ Royal Albert Hall – 4th June 2018

Courtney Barnett’s performance was first supposed to take place at Manchester Academy but the venue had double booked with another act. Albert Hall couldn’t be a more suitable replacement as the former church’s acoustics and Gothic architecture creates a uniquely intimate experience to perfectly accommodate her haunting and introspective second album. The evening begins with…

Album Review: Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino

During the first year of my English Literature degree at the pinnacle of AM, I jokingly compared Alex Turner’s narrative to a tragic hero in a morality play. The tragic hero is defined in Aristotle’s ‘Poetics’ as an individual faced with a series of transformative moral dilemmas that will ultimately lead to their downfall. Basically,…

EP Review – Emma Hern

Badass blues babe Emma Hern releases her self-titled debut this month consisting of 4 blissful tracks which most definitely encapsulate her retro rock and soul sound.    In Nashville,  the Music City, Hern has expanded her musicality and played a long list of prestigious Nashville venues and showcases, including that of Pilgrimage Music Festival. Her…

Review: Benjamin Lazar Davis – Nothing Matters

Rolling in with an immediate 1960s psychedelia vibe, replete with flute pads and affected vocals, Benjamin Lazar Davis’ latest release Nothing Matters seems at first to belie its bleak title. Opening song ‘A Love Song Seven Ways’ is a laid back and sunny track, hooks floating by like scenic clouds in an otherwise clear blue…

Review: Feverbones – Dream Talk

Fans of Bombay Bicycle Club and the Maccabees will not want to miss the latest release from this indie-pop trio, full of captivating, cloudy, layered vocals, interweaving, intricate guitar melodies and drum beats, and tasteful synth. This sophomore release injects evocations of summer to this rainy April with ten immersive, hazy tracks that explore the…

Review: Lowlight – Born to Run

Born to Run is the new EP from Lowlight –  the established synth-indie band hailing from New Jersey, currently touring the US East Coast with rock and rollers The Pretenders. This female fronted five-piece released their first album Where Do We Go From Here in 2016, and the band carry the true and unique sound…