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…

Album Review: Bad Sounds – Get Better

Bad Sounds’ debut album has been long awaited. Having released their first EP, PHRESSSH, back in early 2017 – featuring single releases “Wages” and “Avalanche” – and yet another – Mixtape One – later on that same year, it soon became evident that the brothers from Bath were hardly short of promising material.   With…

Review: Dire Wolves – Paradisaical Minds

Although the primary sounds of this album stem from rock and jazz, the music doesn’t grate your ears or become tiresome; instead it invites you to buckle up on a journey through astral jazz, space and time. These pieces do not adhere to the orthodox time restrictions of a three minute and thirty second long…

EP Review: Reighnbeau – Slight

The latest EP from the long-running Albuquerque music project Reighnbeau – consisting solely of Colleen Johnson (Flying Circles, Silver Shadows) and Madeline Johnston (Midwife, Sister Grotto) – is a shimmering collaboration. It is not just that, though – it is an ambiguous and intriguing mosaic of dream pop and electro-folk, which simultaneously skirts the edges…