Review: Bell X1 – ARMS

ARMS is the seventh studio album by Bell X1 – arguably one of Ireland’s most beloved bands. The Irish trio’s latest work contrasts with the stripped back, acoustic sound of critically acclaimed 2013 album ‘Chop Chop’ which secured Bell X1’s third number one album on the Irish Album Charts, while also being their fourth consecutive…

Feature: Nick Hakim – Green Twins

After three years of anticipation, D.C’s Nick Hakim has released debut album Green Twins.   The Berklee College attenders’ previous work on the ‘Where Will We Go’ projects were tranquilising and comforting efforts; as would be expected from a Music Therapy student. In conversation with NME, Hakim said these previous EPs make you ‘feel like you’re…

Review: Fallow Land – Pinscher

The overall impression that the latest release from artistic collaboration Fallow Land will garner is one of disappointment. In a similar vein to the scream-drenched emo genre that dominated the 2000s, the artistic duo, comprised of Whitaker Fineberg and Evan Veasey, attempt to experiment with rock by merely injecting the occasional post-track tangent throughout the…

Review: Drop the Gun – Drop the Gun

Drop The Gun is the latest project by Sara Savery – a Danish multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter based in Brooklyn, who has also previously performed as part the electronica group People Press Play, Brooklyn/Copenhagen based collective Blue Foundation and most notably as a member of neo-shoegaze band Ghost Society. This self-titled EP consists of seven…

Feature: Nina Simone – From Strange Fruit, to Müller Yoghurt and Bach

After being denied entry to The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia on the basis of her skin colour, Eunice Waymon defied subservience by adopting the name Nina Simone. She went on to use her classical musical education to forge out a career for herself, transcending through the genres of pop, folk, jazz and the…

Review: Luke Faas – Apathy

Norwegian singer and songwriter Luke Faas  is set to release his new album Apathy this month. His music showcases a fusion of contemporary electronic sounds with classic genres of music. To accompany this fusion of musical genres, he includes several emotive lyrics- many of which echo personal experiences. The collaboration of electronic sounds, synthesised interludes…

Review: Midwife – Like Author, Like Daughter

For fans of Beach House, Grouper and Duster, Like Author, Like Daughter is the latest release from shoegaze artist Midwife, a.k.a. Madeline Johnston. She has previously recorded under the pseudonym ‘Sister Grotto’ to release albums such as 2016’s You Don’t Have to Be a House to Be Haunted. LA, LD sees Johnston team up with…

Review: Daudi Matsiko – An Introduction to Failure

An Introduction to Failure is the somewhat cynically titled debut album from Daudi Matsiko – an new and upcoming folk singer songwriter who has arrived on the music scene with a beautifully produced piece of work, consisting of eight simple yet impeccable tracks. This new album combines Daudi’s first two self-released EPs ‘A Brief Introduction’…

Review: Mt. Wolf – Aetherlight

Ezra Koenig once said that the only thing Vampire Weekend agreed on when starting out was that they would not become a Trip hop band; so derivative a genre was it, that they decided they had more dignity than that. Listening to Mt. Wolf’s second album you only wish this band would have come to a similar conclusion. Following the departure of singer Kate Sproule, the band has decided to continue as a…

Review: A-Sun Amissa – The Gatherer

Featuring an all-star cast of musicians from various atmospheric, left-field acts, the new release by ambient/drone collective A-Sun Amissa presents an exciting prospect for fans of these musical wanderers’ various niches. Led by Richard Knox (Shield Patterns, The Rustle of the Stars, Gizeh Records), The Gatherer includes contributions from members of Amenra, Nadja, Lanterns on…

Review: Anna Coogan – The Lonely Cry of Space and Time

Guitarist, composer, producer and singer; Anna Coogan exudes a multiplicity of musical talents. Having studied opera singing in Mozarteum University of Salzburg, Coogan brings the opera into the modern day, merging this authentic traditional sound with new age genres of indie, rock, Americana, country, folk, and more experimental tones. Brought up on the protest songs…