Review: OGRE & Dallas Campbell – All Hallows’ II

Retrowave duo OGRE and Dallas Campbell demonstrate a preternatural approach to synth-music on their latest fictitious score. All Hallows’ II is a conceptual soundtrack to a fictional horror film, akin to the style of an 80s-horror film. Despite collaborating thousands of miles from each other (OGRE is based in southwest England, whereas Dallas Campbell lives…

Review: Ramson Badbonez – Mic Day The 13th

Ramson Badbonez is back for 2019, with twelve brand new tracks which instantly hit you with a certain confidence which transcends the vibe of Bandbonez’ 2018 concept release, yet continues to reference from the perception of the previously titular alter-ego, Jason Bonez. With a haunting one-minute intro which sounds as if it has been made…

Album Review: Katie Doherty and the Navigators – And Then

Previous winner of BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year has reclaim her grip at the top of the UK’s Folk scene. Northumberland’s Katie Doherty releases her second album And Then, over a decade after her debut Bridges. And this time, she has joined forces with the Navigators: Dave Gray and Shona Mooney. During…

EP Review: paris_monster – Lamplight

By turns reflective and hectic, speckled with digital elements but full of human fragility, Lamplight is an exploratory exultation which coruscates with groove.   The underscore that unites the paris with the monster in the band’s name nods to the deep groove that runs directly through the album. Digital monster-riffs and uncapitalised Parisian sentiments loom…

Feature: Anti-Xmas Music vs Christmas Classics

Christmas songs in general are overplayed, cheesy, and at times nauseatingly saccharine. With only some exceptions such as The Pogues’ classic ‘Fairytale of New York’, a wonderfully miserable song about two bickering bitter exes, you can’t walk into any shopping centre this time of year without being met by the same cheery playlist chiming out…

Album Review: Sevdaliza – The Calling

A year after her 2017 release Ison, Iranian-Dutch queenly music-crafter Sevdaliza has bounced back with The Calling, an auditory quest of vocal elegance, avant-garde aesthetic, and wonder. The musician elucidates the central theme by explaining her attraction to the specific processes and moods of song-creation, emphasising that she prefers the natural progressions of musical styles…

Album Review: Amen Dunes -Freedom

A patiently-crafted album, the fourth full-length release from Amen Dunes, the musical project overseen by Damon McMahon, bruns warm, strutting grooves and vocal dexterity. McMahon has honed a markedly more direct sound since his previous releases, channeling the sensitive boisterousness more often associated with British bands of the nineties – The Verve are one of…

Single Review: Iceage – Catch It

Featured on the Copenhagen band’s fourth record, “Catch It” supplies a narrative on dependency – but, unlike most drug-centred stories, it does so from the perspective of a provider. Lead singer Elias Rønnenfelt excels as a vocalist in her impeccable delivery of harrowing verses over an ensemble of open-chord strums and marching percussion, likened to…

Single Review: AURORA – Queendom

2018 has seen Norwegian singer-songwriter AURORA blast back onto the music scene with single “Queendom” this year, the first track to be released from the exciting and evocative album Infections of a Different Kind. Signifying a thematic breakaway from her previous albums – all of which predominantly examined emotions and relationships – the artist uses…