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

Spirit of the Beehive – ENTERTAINMENT, DEATH (2021)

Spirit of the Beehive’s ENTERTAINMENT, DEATH is not psychedelic music in the normal sense of the term, although like most psychedelic music it does make for a disorientating listening experience. Unlike traditional psyche-rock, which tends to draw its ‘weirdness’ from otherworldly realms, and an appeal to humankind’s connection with nature and the deeper rhythms of … Continue reading Spirit of the Beehive – ENTERTAINMENT, DEATH (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

10/08/2020 This week I have been mostly listening to…

Fennesz - Black Sea (2008). I find myself listening to much more ambient music these days, as an appropriate backdrop for days spent working from home. Austrian artist, Christian Fennesz is often lauded for the very unusual way he makes use of the guitar in his music: combining it with digital effects to produce something … Continue reading 10/08/2020 This week I have been mostly listening to…

30/07/20 This week I have been mostly listening to…

Kettel - My Dogan (2006). The Dutch musician, Reimer Eising, aka Kettel, is something of a rarity in electronic music circles (especially those tagged with the joyless term ‘IDM’) in that his tracks are by and large, exceedingly jolly. In what tends to be a very self-consciously serious genre of music, generated by circuit boards … Continue reading 30/07/20 This week I have been mostly listening to…

14/05/2020 This week I have been mostly listening to

Sabres of Paradise - Sabresonic II (1995). I think it’s fair to say the Sabersonic albums are generally considered classics of 1990s electronic music. It was on this understanding that I bought it on CD years ago, when I was filling in what I perceived to be crucial gaps in my collection of Warp, Ninja … Continue reading 14/05/2020 This week I have been mostly listening to