The Sounds of the Year: The 15 Best Albums of 2017

As the year draws to a close, our writers choose their favourite albums from 2017. From all of us here at We Are Unseen, Happy New Year and thank you for all your support over the last 12 months. 15. Mister Mellow – Washed Out Mister Mellow arrived just in time for the brilliant –…

Flagship Tracks: The 10 Best Singles of 2017

The age of buying singles as CDs from Woolworths may be well and truly passed, but artists still put singles out to advertise their albums, for radio play or to achieve internet virality. Join us as we take a look at our writers’ picks from the past year, spanning indie rock to hip-hop to extreme…

Come Together, Right Now: The 5 Best Music Festivals of 2017

From chilled vibes to lively crowds and seemingly endless nights, festivals embody – for so many of us – the pinnacle of summertime fun; not only are you leaving the house and interacting to normal human beings, but you also have the opportunity to gorge your ears on as many awesome bands as you like….

Review: Hallatar – No Stars Upon the Bridge

No Stars Upon the Bridge is a memorial; a tribute by Swallow the Sun guitarist Juha Raivio to his late partner and bandmate in Trees of Eternity, vocalist Aleah Stanbridge, who tragically passed away in April 2016 from cancer, aged just 39. Written over the course of a week around a month after Aleah’s death,…

Review: A.R.C. Soundtracks – DERELICTION//MIRROR

Certainly dark and certainly ambient, the genre tags associated with A.R.C. Soundtracks new release (on the increasingly eclectic and fascinating Gizeh Records) do not lie. Kicking off with a pleasingly menacing opening motif, DERELICTION//MIRROR has all the key elements of dark ambient music locked down and although the opening title track quickly becomes quite B-list-horror-esque…

Review: A-Sun Amissa – The Gatherer

Featuring an all-star cast of musicians from various atmospheric, left-field acts, the new release by ambient/drone collective A-Sun Amissa presents an exciting prospect for fans of these musical wanderers’ various niches. Led by Richard Knox (Shield Patterns, The Rustle of the Stars, Gizeh Records), The Gatherer includes contributions from members of Amenra, Nadja, Lanterns on…

Review: Arthur Moon – Our Head

The new EP by Arthur Moon, the pseudonym of singer-songwriter Lora-Faye Ashuvud, contains a considerable amount more sonic variety than you might initially anticipate from the opening, ethereal minimalism. Not quite your average dream pop act, it doesn’t take long for Arthur Moon to throw her wide palette of sounds at you, first track ‘Room’…

Review: Landing – Complekt

Putting the ‘dream’ strongly and emphatically into the ‘dream pop’ label with which they are sometimes associated, Landing’s tenth album Complekt is, for the most part, about as ethereal as it is possible to be whilst retaining structure and melody. From the very outset of opening track ‘Light’, a delay- and reverb-soaked cloud of texture…

Review: Trees of Eternity – Hour of the Nightingale

Despite a well produced, hefty sound and a strong sense of gothic melody, it is inescapably clear that Hour of the Nightingale is a heavily frontloaded album; a lot of promise is shown at the start, but things level out to a plateau too early and never quite pick up again. Opening track ‘My Requiem’…

Review: Hiva Oa – mk2 (part 1)

From the very start of the churning, simplistic synth loop of ‘A Great Height’, Hiva Oa’s influences are quite clear. Though on this track the vocal element of this Irish duo’s music takes a turn vaguely in the direction Tool’s Maynard Keenan, what is most readily detectable throughout new EP mk 2 (part 1) is…

Review: Myth of a Life – She Who Invites

With the pioneering Swedish bands of the 90s a little way out of the melodic death metal limelight in recent times, this somewhat overpopulated subgenre could really do with some rejuvenation in order to keep up with the rest of ever-evolving world of heavy music. Sheffield’s Myth of a Life already have an advantage in…