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…

Review: Aaron Holm – The Boy

Ambient music is a tricky field for reviewers. As genre forefather Brian Eno once said, ‘it must be as ignorable as it is interesting’, and as such, focussing in on the specific strengths and weaknesses of a release such as Aaron Holm’s latest The Boy can be challenging. However, this challenge can be flipped around…

Review: Edward Scissortongue & Lamplighter – Tell Them It’s Winter

Unlike many hip-hop releases, in which the MC is presented as a solo artist with a faceless beat-maker sitting in their shadow, Tell Them It’s Winter feels like a true collaboration, despite Ed Scissor’s name being on the cover. The partnership that Ed has had with Glaswegian musician Lamplighter has been this way since their…

Review: Hilary Woods – Heartbox EP

Mimicking the distant and airy vocal style of gothic queen Chelsea Wolfe (as well as borrowing from some of her dark electronic soundscapes), Hilary Woods has created a deep, dark atmosphere over the three tracks of the Heartbox EP. There is an air of smoky jazz in opening track ‘Bathing’, the simple chord changes slowly…

Review: Circle of Reason – Faith or Theory

A fat, thick production and a meaty, heavyweight guitar tone: two factors which, when combined, are guaranteed to satisfy many a rock or metal fan. Even from a cursory listen, it is clear that Circle of Reason have these elements nailed down on their new mini album Faith or Theory, and they certainly are satisfying…

Review: Parcels – Herefore Remix EP

Australia’s Parcels are making a bold move with Herefore, their debut EP. As their first ever recording together, this Byron Bay pop group have opted to write just a single track, and let it have the makeover treatment by four remixing masters of varied stature in the musical community. Allowing others to remould your aural…