Album Review: Rat The Magnificent – The Body As Pleasure

Rat The Magnificent is music for a dark room lit by strobe light. A band that deploys rock noises like a coordinated attack: dissonance, screeches, palm muted guitars – they’re all here. But to understand Rat The Magnificent in context, we must first ask one question: Who is Steve Albini? Several hours of extensive research…

Album Review: Toto Bona Lokua – Bondeko

Meaning friendship in the Bantu language of Lingala, Bondeko is not just a title – it is a theme that governs the debut album of Toto Bona Lokua. Having gained traction with international audiences, their music pays homage to the Creole ancestry connecting the band members. The style of the band illustrates the divergent end…

Review: And So I Watch You From Afar – The Endless Shimmering

It is, undoubtedly, a good sign when you realise that you have listened to an album three times on repeat, in one sitting. A sequence that can lift the mood in any room, ‘The Endless Shimmering’ certainly helped me in navigating across the seemingly endless sea of job applications that waits at the end of…

Review: Fallow Land – Pinscher

The overall impression that the latest release from artistic collaboration Fallow Land will garner is one of disappointment. In a similar vein to the scream-drenched emo genre that dominated the 2000s, the artistic duo, comprised of Whitaker Fineberg and Evan Veasey, attempt to experiment with rock by merely injecting the occasional post-track tangent throughout the…