Live Review: Courtney Barnett @ Royal Albert Hall – 4th June 2018

Courtney Barnett’s performance was first supposed to take place at Manchester Academy but the venue had double booked with another act. Albert Hall couldn’t be a more suitable replacement as the former church’s acoustics and Gothic architecture creates a uniquely intimate experience to perfectly accommodate her haunting and introspective second album. The evening begins with…

Album Review: Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino

During the first year of my English Literature degree at the pinnacle of AM, I jokingly compared Alex Turner’s narrative to a tragic hero in a morality play. The tragic hero is defined in Aristotle’s ‘Poetics’ as an individual faced with a series of transformative moral dilemmas that will ultimately lead to their downfall. Basically,…

EP Review – Emma Hern

Badass blues babe Emma Hern releases her self-titled debut this month consisting of 4 blissful tracks which most definitely encapsulate her retro rock and soul sound.    In Nashville,  the Music City, Hern has expanded her musicality and played a long list of prestigious Nashville venues and showcases, including that of Pilgrimage Music Festival. Her…

Review: Benjamin Lazar Davis – Nothing Matters

Rolling in with an immediate 1960s psychedelia vibe, replete with flute pads and affected vocals, Benjamin Lazar Davis’ latest release Nothing Matters seems at first to belie its bleak title. Opening song ‘A Love Song Seven Ways’ is a laid back and sunny track, hooks floating by like scenic clouds in an otherwise clear blue…

Review: Feverbones – Dream Talk

Fans of Bombay Bicycle Club and the Maccabees will not want to miss the latest release from this indie-pop trio, full of captivating, cloudy, layered vocals, interweaving, intricate guitar melodies and drum beats, and tasteful synth. This sophomore release injects evocations of summer to this rainy April with ten immersive, hazy tracks that explore the…

Review: Lowlight – Born to Run

Born to Run is the new EP from Lowlight –  the established synth-indie band hailing from New Jersey, currently touring the US East Coast with rock and rollers The Pretenders. This female fronted five-piece released their first album Where Do We Go From Here in 2016, and the band carry the true and unique sound…

Review: Dreamend – Dreamend

After a six year hiatus, Dreamend graces expectant listeners with a plethora of extensively experimental tracks with its eponymous album. The solo creation of Ryan Graveface, Dreamend thrives on the alternative, the unrestricted, and – now – the experimental. From the project’s inception, Graveface has created music which reputedly ‘bounced from post-rock, to shoegaze, to…

Album Review: Malady – Toinen Toista

As sophomore albums go, the latest release from the Finnish progressive rock collective – highly revered for its eponymous debut album – pretty much nails it. Like all noteworthy follow up albums, Toinen Toista take its predecessors music, develops its into something even more exciting, before using its more mature style to examine the timeless…

Album Review: Peter Kernel – The Size of The Night

Unconventionality seems to be the central theme of Alt-Indie duo Peter Kernel’s fourth release; in terms of defining their genre and predicting the trajectory of their tracks, the pair are hard to pin down. But the unpredictability works: each track is so wildly different from the next, the sequence creates a sharp sense of intrigue…

Review: LadyChild – LadyChild

The latest jazz-pop performer to emerge from New York has proved herself more than ready to release a debut EP. Growing up in Putnam County LadyChild  (born Genevieve Faivre) has immersed herself in the arts from a tender age; having taken on piano and singing lessons, to eventually reading Performance and Philosophy at college, she…

Review: Bob Holroyd – The Cage

Composer, Producer and all-round virtuoso Bob Holroyd returns once more to the cinematic and music scenes with his latest album release. Its title offers a slight glimpse into the emotionally dense, and somehow synthetic nature, of the compositions ensnared within it. Having collaborated with Cold Cut & Four Tet as well as having featured in…

EP Review: The Cabin Fever – Exercise The Demon

The epitome of raw emotion, Exercise The Demon delivers an authentic insight into personal, painful afflictions of fear and anxiety. Despite the sobering themes of the Alternative Shoegaze Indie music typically associated with the band, the tracks comprising the new EP are laced with immense musicality and lyricism. Its production has furthermore enabled band members…