Celebrating the unique life and career of Alan Vega (1938-2016)

On July 16th , Suicide frontman Alan Vega sadly passed away. He leaves behind one of the most influential musical legacies of any 20th century artist. Formed in 1970 with instrumentalist Martin Rev, Suicide quickly began creating their claustrophobic vignettes of American life with four tight walls of cheap drum machines, tinny synths, short loops…

Review: The Golden Grass – Coming Back Again

70s rock revival trio The Golden Grass return with their sophomore album Coming Back Again; a 6 track offering with very little to actually offer. The album kicks off with the lead single ‘Get It Together’, which, despite the band’s psychedelic image and branding, is essentially a poorer version of a Grand Funk Railroad or Allman Brothers…

Feature: Top Debut Albums of All Time

No matter how successful an artist or band may later become, their first offering is in many ways the most defining. Here, We Are Unseen pick their all time favourite debuts, and explain what makes them stand out from the crowd. White Lies: To Lose My Life Besides its sombrely uplifting core, what makes To…

Review: Slingshot Dakota – Break

Slingshot Dakota, an electronic duo from Pennsylvania, return with their fourth album, Break. Things get off to a promising start with the first track ‘You’ – a high energy affair showcasing their unique brand of twee-electronica, resembling Dolly Mixture if they swapped the guitar and bass for synths and fuzz pedals. This sets the tone for the…

Review: Gavin Clarke and Toydrum – Evangelist

Evangelist is the combined efforts of late singer-songwriter Gavin Clarke and Toydrum – James Griffiths and Pablo Clements of UNKLE fame. The album serves as an autobiographical swan song for Clarke, using the loose concept of the rise and fall of a preacher as a metaphor to portray the battle against his own demons, complete with euphoric highs…

Robert Wyatt: From Soft Machine to Solo Artist

One of the most idiosyncratic figures of the late 60s British music scene was the multi-instrumentalist jazz fusion anomaly Robert Wyatt. Originally starting out with the now-borderline mythical group the Wilde Flowers, Wyatt and Kevin Ayers formed Soft Machine, arguably the most important band of the Canterbury scene. Their debut album contained little Wyatt-penned material, instead focusing on the…