Album Review: Amen Dunes -Freedom

A patiently-crafted album, the fourth full-length release from Amen Dunes, the musical project overseen by Damon McMahon, bruns warm, strutting grooves and vocal dexterity. McMahon has honed a markedly more direct sound since his previous releases, channeling the sensitive boisterousness more often associated with British bands of the nineties – The Verve are one of…

Single Review: Iceage – Catch It

Featured on the Copenhagen band’s fourth record, “Catch It” supplies a narrative on dependency – but, unlike most drug-centred stories, it does so from the perspective of a provider. Lead singer Elias Rønnenfelt excels as a vocalist in her impeccable delivery of harrowing verses over an ensemble of open-chord strums and marching percussion, likened to…

Single Review: AURORA – Queendom

2018 has seen Norwegian singer-songwriter AURORA blast back onto the music scene with single “Queendom” this year, the first track to be released from the exciting and evocative album Infections of a Different Kind. Signifying a thematic breakaway from her previous albums – all of which predominantly examined emotions and relationships – the artist uses…

Album Review: Bad Sounds – Get Better

Bad Sounds’ debut album has been long awaited. Having released their first EP, PHRESSSH, back in early 2017 – featuring single releases “Wages” and “Avalanche” – and yet another – Mixtape One – later on that same year, it soon became evident that the brothers from Bath were hardly short of promising material.   With…

Gig review: Rush Hour – Warehouse Project – 13/10/18

The event could debatably be seen as a much quieter affair with underwhelming ticket sales and some going for a third of the price (£10) on Fallowfield Student Group. For those that don’t know, Rush Hour was born out of veteran house DJ Antal’s record shop in Amsterdam and has picked up diverse acts such…

Album Review: Dwellings – Lavender Town

As a whole, Lavender Town sits comfortably within the indie genre. Supplemented by lots of rock guitar riffs, the infrequent but precise use of guttural screaming and growls is apparent in many of the songs without becoming overused and stale; instead they provide emphasis and have an intense effect. “Pink Noise” is unavoidable as an…

Album Review: Peter More – Beautiful Disrepair

Eleven tracks recorded over two years comprise an auditory narrative attributed to the chance encounter between More and Donald Fagan in San Miguel, Central Mexico. Produced under creativity and flair, each piece features a generic melange that largely consists of classic rock, soulful blues, folk and even a dash of Latin music. The most interesting…

Review: Lowlight – Born to Run

Born to Run is the new EP from Lowlight –  the established synth-indie band hailing from New Jersey, currently touring the US East Coast with rock and rollers The Pretenders. This female fronted five-piece released their first album Where Do We Go From Here in 2016, and the band carry the true and unique sound…

EP Review: The Cabin Fever – Exercise The Demon

The epitome of raw emotion, Exercise The Demon delivers an authentic insight into personal, painful afflictions of fear and anxiety. Despite the sobering themes of the Alternative Shoegaze Indie music typically associated with the band, the tracks comprising the new EP are laced with immense musicality and lyricism. Its production has furthermore enabled band members…

Album Review: Mary Gauthier – Rifles and Rosary Beads

Deeply personal and inspiring, Rifles and Rosary Beads is Mary Gauthier’s most important work to date. The fact that all 12 tracks comprising the album were co-written with U.S veterans and their families renders it an authentic and sincere narrative on contemporary American existence. Gauthier has worked with wounded veterans and active duty military to…

Album Review: Eric Benoit – Heartrender

The sophomore album from Eric Benoit features electronic instrumentation, difficult themes and ethereal, sometimes obscured vocals, akin to the music of James Blake. The pairing of deeply personal examinations of problematic relationships and synth-fuelled, almost dancey beats is a successful, albeit surprising one. The intensity shared by both of these elements makes them match perfectly:…

Review: The Go! Team – SEMICIRCLE

Parting group members and a radical change in style might suggest a band’s disenchantment with musical performance; a languishing devotion to the often demanding nature of art. But through the loss of former band members – the governing theme of previous album The Scene Between – and a fruitful exploration of the American Midwest, band…