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: 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…

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…

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…

Screening Music: The 5 Best Videos of 2017

Our selection of the best music videos of 2017 includes dances of colour, classic movie tropes, enchanting spectacles and myriad notes of didacticism. Join us on our countdown of the five most bewitching, engrossing and powerful visual articulations of music to emerge this year.  5. Andromeda, Gorillaz This may seem a peculiar contender for best…

Review: Hallatar – No Stars Upon the Bridge

No Stars Upon the Bridge is a memorial; a tribute by Swallow the Sun guitarist Juha Raivio to his late partner and bandmate in Trees of Eternity, vocalist Aleah Stanbridge, who tragically passed away in April 2016 from cancer, aged just 39. Written over the course of a week around a month after Aleah’s death,…

Review: Yo No Say – Inner

Yo No Say’s debut album Get Lost consisted of synthesizers and complex guitar accompaniments; “the music was thick and complex,” one member expressed in a recent press release.  While Toal created the ultimate rock atmosphere with his drumming, band members Feldman, Brightfield, Delgado and McCusker used guitar, bass, and piano to add further layers of…

Review: Angus and Julia Stone – Snow

Although they have been creating acoustic deliciousness for over ten years now, the Australian brother-sister duo are still managing to produce music that is innovative, complex and alluring. Titular track ‘Snow’ opens their latest release with a synthesis of angelic vocals unmistakably delivered by Julia and Angus’ pleasant murmurs that smoothly glides through the instrumental…

Review: Lomelda – Interstate Vision

Over Elliott Smith-esque strums of a guitar, Read’s high-reaching vocals force an empathetic gaze to remain as she weaves high and low throughout ‘From Here’ & ‘Thx’ – among others. Through vigorous octave changes, her dynamic yet feathery voice slices through various instrumentals and pushes itself to the front of the crowd. The content of…