Review: And So I Watch You From Afar – The Endless Shimmering

It is, undoubtedly, a good sign when you realise that you have listened to an album three times on repeat, in one sitting. A sequence that can lift the mood in any room, ‘The Endless Shimmering’ certainly helped me in navigating across the seemingly endless sea of job applications that waits at the end of…

Review: Pale Honey – Devotion

In collaboration with producer Anders Lagerfors at the illustrious Nacksving Studios in Gothenburg – the birthplace of the Swedish band – Pale Honey deliver a powerful narrative on romance, devotion and heartbreak through an infectious blend of musical styles. Although individually distinct in sound, regarding content, each track flows neatly into the next to reveal…

Review: Yo No Say – Inner

Yo No Say’s debut album Get Lost consisted of synthesizers and complex guitar accompaniments; “the music was thick and complex,” one member expressed in a recent press release.  While Toal created the ultimate rock atmosphere with his drumming, band members Feldman, Brightfield, Delgado and McCusker used guitar, bass, and piano to add further layers of…

Review: Angus and Julia Stone – Snow

Although they have been creating acoustic deliciousness for over ten years now, the Australian brother-sister duo are still managing to produce music that is innovative, complex and alluring. Titular track ‘Snow’ opens their latest release with a synthesis of angelic vocals unmistakably delivered by Julia and Angus’ pleasant murmurs that smoothly glides through the instrumental…

Review: A.R.C. Soundtracks – DERELICTION//MIRROR

Certainly dark and certainly ambient, the genre tags associated with A.R.C. Soundtracks new release (on the increasingly eclectic and fascinating Gizeh Records) do not lie. Kicking off with a pleasingly menacing opening motif, DERELICTION//MIRROR has all the key elements of dark ambient music locked down and although the opening title track quickly becomes quite B-list-horror-esque…

Review: Lomelda – Interstate Vision

Over Elliott Smith-esque strums of a guitar, Read’s high-reaching vocals force an empathetic gaze to remain as she weaves high and low throughout ‘From Here’ & ‘Thx’ – among others. Through vigorous octave changes, her dynamic yet feathery voice slices through various instrumentals and pushes itself to the front of the crowd. The content of…

Album Review: Soft Fangs – Fractures

The latest release from dark pop artist Soft Fangs – the pseudonym of John Lutkevich – was produced with help from Bradford Krieger and Chaimes Parker (Big Nice Studio). The album displays obvious inspiration from Sparklehorse and Elliott Smith, although Lutkevich also cites a much wider range of musical and literary influences, including The Beach…

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…