Album Review: N/UM – Ravens

Bringing together analogue synths, guitars, voice and other instrumentations to create entirely improvised pieces of electronic music both live and on record, American trio N/UM are something of an oddity in dance music culture, despite the sheen of their music coming across as pretty accessible. In their own words, N/UM (pronounced ‘Noom’) are ‘bringing the…

Review: Kurokuma/Under – Split 7″

Given the unofficial, romantic pet name ‘Kurokunder’, this split release sees two of the brightest sparks in the UK underground doom/sludge scene unite under the power of the riff, with each band managing to push themselves into new terrain across one track each. Right from the off it is clear that this far from your…

Album Review: Gabriel Birnbaum – Not Alone

Gabriel Birnbaum, the talented saxophonist, composer and arranger, has described his new album, Not Alone, as a ‘great autumn record.’ He isn’t wrong. It has a comforting quality to it, and it isn’t full of tropical summer pop earworms either. Although you could describe Not Alone as laidback, it is, to Birnbaum, a piece of…

Album Review: Twelfth Day – Face to Face

Twelfth Day have updated folk for 2019. Traditional Celtic elements are intermingled with unconventional musical techniques, exploration of pertinent issues and a completely unique sound. Nothing has been left behind on the two-piece’s latest release: vocals, instrumentation and lyrics could all stand alone in their own right. This is what defines the success of the…