Album Review: N/UM – Ravens

Bringing together analogue synths, guitars, voice and other instrumentations to create entirely improvised pieces of electronic music both live and on record, American trio N/UM are something of an oddity in dance music culture, despite the sheen of their music coming across as pretty accessible. In their own words, N/UM (pronounced ‘Noom’) are ‘bringing the…

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…

Feature: Nick Hakim – Green Twins

After three years of anticipation, D.C’s Nick Hakim has released debut album Green Twins.   The Berklee College attenders’ previous work on the ‘Where Will We Go’ projects were tranquilising and comforting efforts; as would be expected from a Music Therapy student. In conversation with NME, Hakim said these previous EPs make you ‘feel like you’re…

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: TaxiWars – Fever

TaxiWars are a Belgian four piece led by Tom Barman, veteran of the avant garde music and film scene. Using this experimental approach, the band create a sort of chamber music blending free jazz with more rock oriented rhythms. Barman himself is undoubtedly inspired by Mark Sandman of Morphine, with the vocal delivery being almost…

Tom Waits- Transformer

Primal beats, the voice of the devil- to late night Jazz, scat and back again. Tom Waits- transformer. There never will be, and never has been, something as radically diverse as Tom Wait’s back catalogue. The man began his career playing late night country-folk-jazz, now he screams down the microphone with stone cold primal beats…