Eels – Extreme Witchcraft (2022) – Album Review

When a band is first starting out, there can often be a lot of pressure surrounding the notoriously ‘difficult second album’. And the fact they’ve already poured a lifetime’s worth (up to that point) of heartbreak, adversity and triumph into the first album - leaving nothing interesting to write about for the follow-up. Unfortunately (or … Continue reading Eels – Extreme Witchcraft (2022) – Album Review

Bonobo – Fragments (2022) – Album Review

The British producer Simon Green, better known by his longstanding Bonobo alias, is one of those few artists who successfully executed the transition from bedroom beatsmith to big-ticket draw. For two decades, he’s made his home on the iconic Ninja Tune label, joining as part of the ‘second wave’ of artists, as the label moved … Continue reading Bonobo – Fragments (2022) – Album Review

21/01/2022 This week I have been mostly listening to…

A few more late finds from 2021, the year that keeps on giving, in the shape of cosmic synthology from the technician in da corner, aka Pye Corner Audio, and unashamedly hedonistic party beats from Eris Drew. Plus unsettling ambience from Kansas City producer, Brian Leeds' Pendant alias, and finally some classic 90s shoegaze psyche-rock … Continue reading 21/01/2022 This week I have been mostly listening to…

Snapped Ankles – Forest of Your Problems (2021) – Album Review

Snapped Ankles

It’s impossible to mention Snapped Ankles to anyone who’s familiar with them without being told how excellent they are live. For any band that builds their initial reputation as a formidable live act, transferring that energy and intensity to a recorded album is always going to be a challenge. A challenge which can result in … Continue reading Snapped Ankles – Forest of Your Problems (2021) – Album Review

Loraine James – Reflection (2021) – Album Review

Rather than club music or urban music, Loraine James says that first and foremost, she produces ‘experimental music’. And though Reflection kicks off in relatively straightforward fashion with the bouncy lo-fi garage of ‘Built to Last’, which sounds archetypal of James’ North London roots, things soon meander off in varied unexpected directions.   Reflection is the … Continue reading Loraine James – Reflection (2021) – Album Review

Gazelle Twin – Deep England (2021)

The cataclysmic event of Brexit and the ensuing political and cultural fallout has influenced many different musicians across the stylistic spectrum, prompting a range of reactions as artists responded in different ways to the implications of the referendum result. These shockwaves have combined with ever-increasing inequality, which has only been worsened by the pandemic, to … Continue reading Gazelle Twin – Deep England (2021)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Paper Mâché Dream Balloon

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are a band celebrated as much for a constant willingness to experiment as for their prolificness, and ability to package their varied musical experiments into coherent and distinctive albums. They hit a creative peak in 2017, when they seemingly attempted to release as many albums as their name has … Continue reading King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Paper Mâché Dream Balloon