Review: Velum Break – Bench Manoeuvres

What is genius?   Velum Break approached me once requesting I review their first record, caprolactam, and said they’d never really solicited a review before. This level of craft leads me to be suspicious of that statement, but maybe so. “There’s almost no way this person is real”, I say to myself. Shimmys and shuffles…

Review: Hibushibire – Turn On, Tune In, Freak Out!

Hailing from Japan’s Kansai district Hibushibire are at the forefront of the new wave of Japanese psychedelic rock bands. Their Freakout Orgasm! album from early 2017 reset my expectations on what psych rock is all about as effectively as Mainliner and Musica Transonic did back in the mid 90’s. Yes, they are that good and…

Review Batch: Jeff Mercel / Cloud Diameter / VUM / M. Shutak

  Jeff Mercel - Lunescapes Volume One Lunescapes Volume One, the debut release by Jeff Mercel (former member of Mercury Rev), is a beautiful record with glistening and articulate piano accompanied by strings, pedal steel guitar, and self-described “sonic manipulations.” The contributions to this album by Jonathan Talbott, Jane Scarpantoni, D. James Goodwin, and Matthew…

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