Review: Circle of Reason – Faith or Theory

A fat, thick production and a meaty, heavyweight guitar tone: two factors which, when combined, are guaranteed to satisfy many a rock or metal fan. Even from a cursory listen, it is clear that Circle of Reason have these elements nailed down on their new mini album Faith or Theory, and they certainly are satisfying…

Review: Parcels – Herefore Remix EP

Australia’s Parcels are making a bold move with Herefore, their debut EP. As their first ever recording together, this Byron Bay pop group have opted to write just a single track, and let it have the makeover treatment by four remixing masters of varied stature in the musical community. Allowing others to remould your aural…

Review: Atoms and Void: And Nothing Else

And Nothing Else is a case study of the virtue of patience. Over its ten year creation, process and multiple recording attempts (after various thefts and technical mishaps) it’s clear that Arlie Carstens and Eric Fisher, the original team behind Atoms and Void, are in no rush. And, if you are, move along. With only two solid members…

Review: Scarlette – Attack of the 6ft Woman

Dealing with a myriad of issues, from introspection to drug addiction, singer-songwriter Scarlette (known formerly as Karen Barrow) provides the opportunity for both inward and outward reflection with new album, Attack of the 6ft Woman. Beginning with the punkiest title track of the moment, this album is as diverse in style as it is in theme, with each…

Review: Prism Tats – Prism Tats

Born and raised in South Africa listening to the rock and roll record collections of his father, singer/songwriter Garett van der Spek truly brings forward the genre he loves into the 21st Century on his eponymous, debut album. Adopting the stage name Prism Tats, van der Spek now lives in Los Angeles, deep in the hub of…

Review: Tetherball – Physical Violins

Physical Violins is the newest EP from US artist Steve Voss, also known as Tetherball. Recorded in an abandoned warehouse in the wasteland of Nashville, the EP is the second instalment of a six part series set for release across 2016. Tetherball’s first EP, Pheromone Food, was a friendly, jazzy, carefree introduction to the band’s unique and distinguishable sound….

Review: A Dead Forest Index – All That Drifts from Summit Down

Using only a very minimal palette of sounds, brothers Adam and Sam Sherry – who make up the entirety of A Dead Forest Index – manage to create a vast, perfectly orchestrated expanse of sound. Employing mostly only simple motifs on guitar, piano and drums, with Adam’s androgynous voice laid gently over the top, much…