Material for Review - Oct. 2020 + Nov. 2020
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Haunted Disco - Gnossienne (Speak & Spell Records)
Wendy Eisenberg - Auto (Ba Da Bing) Mood Taeg - Exophora (Happy Robots Records) Nick Mitchell Maiato - Pino Carrasco (Was Ist Das) Pepo Galan - Soledad (Stereoscenic Records)
Mucker - Mr. Soft (Box Records)
Hey Colossus - Dances / Curses (Wrong Speed Records)
Ganser - Just Look at that Sky (Felte)
Whettman Chelmets / qualchan. - Theme Variations (Strategic Tape Reserve)
Burial Grid - Negative Space
Brooding, emotive, 80's horror themed dark ambient, synth infused, imagined soundtrack to a Yeager novel.
Nick Mitchell Maiato - Pino Carrasco
A great album that never fails to brighten my day. Cool lyrics & perfect guitar parts for days. Sounds like a long lost 1970s album that got rediscovered by hip blogs(like this 1.lol) &released for 21st century ears. Best part is it feels like that but in a natural way,not like some bands where you can feel that they tried so hard.This one gets lots of spins round my house.
Wendy Eisenberg - Auto
I must confess, i had not heard of Wendy before her debut album for BA DA Bing records (which came out in October).
She is a trained Jazz musician, and that makes sense listening to this record, but there is more to this record. From Folk, rock and even country.
She was Inspired by the solo work of Mark Hollis (Talk Talk) and David Sylvian’s Blemish. For me it was like someone grabbed Captain Beefheart and Tune-yards and throw them in a washing machine.
I really like this record and it is growing on me with every listen. Give yourself time between listens to hear all the little sounds and lyrics that you missed last time.
As i said it came out via BA DA Bing records on 16th October and you can get it via Bandcamp.
Mary Lattimore - Silver Ladder
It’s awesome, gorgeous, elegant, fierce. And Neil Halstead’s contributions are synergistic/rad.
Ghostlawns - Motorik
Motorik is very much a fitting album title, with the krautrock pulsing strongly throughout this brilliant album from a band that are very much new to me. As a radio DJ I’m in the fortunate position of receiving a fair bit of music from bands and labels – some is good, some less so, and sometimes I’ll receive something that wows me so much I immediately order a physical copy. Motorik definitely falls into that category!
Ghostlawns’ own bio describes themselves as “a Cardiff-based musical collective that combine live drums, synths and guitars to meld massive, atmospheric electronica with a dose of sub-bass” and I can’t really improve on that!
Opening track Breaking Out is a synth psych epic, with driving beats, twisting melodies and kicks things off with a bang.
Guppy starts out with an almost Erasure like synth stab, then drops into a moody bassline and crisp punchy drums, before the main synth element comes in. Magnificent! Honestly, if you can listen to this track and not have a massive smile on your face, then I can’t help you.
The title track is one that I’ve played in radio sets on rock/indie shows and also mixed into electronic music. A tune for the head, that slowly builds and churns, with the vocal refrain in the second half complementing all manner of psychedelic elements to make it the standout track on the album.
Akademie and Y Gorwell take things down a notch, but the respite from the opening 3 track salvo works well in the album flow. These 2 tracks are perhaps the most ‘guitar/drums/bass’ tracks on the album, but the psychedelic feels are still strong in both.
Friday Sky takes the intensity down another notch, albeit with a fairly fat bassline underneath it, and picked guitar taking the lead.
Ffoi picks the energy up again, with a pulsing, slightly skewed synth doing all the driving – just as you think it is petering out, in comes some seriously wonky bass to finish things off.
Pen Mae’r Adar Yn Canu is the chill out track of the album, the calm before the storm so to speak, almost echoes of Boards of Canada in the music. Don’t get too comfortable though…
With album closer When in Cathays we suddenly have pulsing energy! The BPM count goes into overdrive, and after the relatively smooth middle section of the album things get a bit abrasive. This track would be insane live, and I can only hope to see it sometime soon. Covid-19 can get in the sea.
Any criticisms? Well, I’d like more of it! it is 9 tracks and about 45 minutes, so not really a short album, but I’m greedy so……
Also, appreciate that this is MUCH longer than 240 characters.....
Sotto Le Stelle
Effortlessly gorgeous and flowing synth work outs. Nostalgic, child-like analogue tones mixed with organic found sounds. Flowing in every respect. Crystal cut in its intention; this rises above background in its purity of design.
Genetic Effects - Aminal Prisms
So i heard the second track 'Gameplay Knuckles' from new Genetic Effects album on new I Heart Noise Mixcloud show(ep 3 in case you want to go listen) and my ears pricked up.
This has a gorgeous mix of Four Tet, Boards of Canada and any other of the brilliant electronic artists from the UK in the late 90's early 2000's.
There was a 7 year gap between the first and 2nd album, hope we don't have to wait 7 years for the 3rd album.
Aminal Prisms came out in February of 2020 via Bandcamp.
Pepo Galán - Soledad
I grew up by the same beach mentioned in the liner notes. The endless summer days, the sounds of the fishermen boats, the stillness of the sea... all is here, testimony of a world that fades away.
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