Album Review: Mary Gauthier – Rifles and Rosary Beads

Deeply personal and inspiring, Rifles and Rosary Beads is Mary Gauthier’s most important work to date. The fact that all 12 tracks comprising the album were co-written with U.S veterans and their families renders it an authentic and sincere narrative on contemporary American existence. Gauthier has worked with wounded veterans and active duty military to…

Album Review: Eric Benoit – Heartrender

The sophomore album from Eric Benoit features electronic instrumentation, difficult themes and ethereal, sometimes obscured vocals, akin to the music of James Blake. The pairing of deeply personal examinations of problematic relationships and synth-fuelled, almost dancey beats is a successful, albeit surprising one. The intensity shared by both of these elements makes them match perfectly:…

Review: The Go! Team – SEMICIRCLE

Parting group members and a radical change in style might suggest a band’s disenchantment with musical performance; a languishing devotion to the often demanding nature of art. But through the loss of former band members – the governing theme of previous album The Scene Between – and a fruitful exploration of the American Midwest, band…

Album Review: Bummerville – Bottom Feeder

If your self-promise of a clean-eating Veganuary just isn’t working out for you, then turn your 2018 around with Bummerville’s debut album. Released by Graveface Records, the LP is a nod to garage rock. Composed and recorded in an improvised style, it allows musicianship – the central theme of the post-rock genre – to come…

Album Review: Soho Rezanejad – Six Archetypes

Six Archetypes immerses itself into the Jungian fabric of universal consciousness and remains there, cocooned and fully exposed simultaneously. With intelligence and a breadth of musical and philosophical knowledge, solo artist Soho Rezanejad weaves an oxymoronic concept of collective inner-character and a comment on the individual’s most inescapable traits. Throughout the LP listeners are ushered…

Album Review: Toto Bona Lokua – Bondeko

Meaning friendship in the Bantu language of Lingala, Bondeko is not just a title – it is a theme that governs the debut album of Toto Bona Lokua. Having gained traction with international audiences, their music pays homage to the Creole ancestry connecting the band members. The style of the band illustrates the divergent end…