Album Review: Okey Dokey – Tell All Your Friend

Tell All Your Friend is a joyous, colourful riot. It’s the kind of sequence that twists and turns like a country road, dipping in and out of sunshine patches. Guest musicians Liz Cooper and Rayland Baxter accompany lead singer Aaron Martin and guitarist Jonny Fisher. Overall, the album feels like a search for identity; a self-examination…

Album Review: Forest Management – Passageways

Punctured only by an occasional clicking beat, like the flicking open and closed of a comatose eyelid through the blurry passage of time, the perfectly titled ‘Ageless Imagination’ opens the new Forest Management album, Passageways, with gentle and ethereal ambience. This tiny, flickering ostinato is in fact the only beat of any kind throughout the…

Album Review: SOWFLO: New Shoes – Thematic Turns and Positive Vibes

Poppy, reggae beats resound in the latest offering from the (SO)uth-(W)est-(FLO)rida-based five piece. Off the back of the success of their 2016 debut Such Is Life – which reached fifth place in the Billboard reggae charts – the reggae/rock quintet have teamed up once more with Marc Lee (Damian Marley, Stephen Marley) to produce this…

EP Review: Hate Club: A Clear Mistake – One Hell of an Auditory Ride

Scorching, slick and new, A Clear Mistake is the latest installment from the New York Indie punks, Hate Club. In just three searing tracks, the band display a diverse lyrical and stylistic range. How? Through interlacing 90s Indie tropes – most likely influenced by the likes of Pixies and Sonic Youth – with raucous energy….

Review: OGRE & Dallas Campbell – All Hallows’ II

Retrowave duo OGRE and Dallas Campbell demonstrate a preternatural approach to synth-music on their latest fictitious score. All Hallows’ II is a conceptual soundtrack to a fictional horror film, akin to the style of an 80s-horror film. Despite collaborating thousands of miles from each other (OGRE is based in southwest England, whereas Dallas Campbell lives…

Review: Ramson Badbonez – Mic Day The 13th

Ramson Badbonez is back for 2019, with twelve brand new tracks which instantly hit you with a certain confidence which transcends the vibe of Bandbonez’ 2018 concept release, yet continues to reference from the perception of the previously titular alter-ego, Jason Bonez. With a haunting one-minute intro which sounds as if it has been made…

EP Review: paris_monster – Lamplight

By turns reflective and hectic, speckled with digital elements but full of human fragility, Lamplight is an exploratory exultation which coruscates with groove.   The underscore that unites the paris with the monster in the band’s name nods to the deep groove that runs directly through the album. Digital monster-riffs and uncapitalised Parisian sentiments loom…

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…