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Baikonour
Your Ear Knows Future

I had no idea what to write about this new Baikonour CD on Melodic. It's called 'Your Ear Knows Future' and now I'm stuck about what to write. All I can think of is Pink Floyd and prog. There's a lot of prog about these days... prog and synth. I'm not mad keen on either to be honest. Maybe in another dimension or in years to come I'll get it. There...view item »

These Are Powers
All Aboard Future

The no wave/early Sonic Youth influence is less apparent (though not gone) and an electronica/glitchcore spasticity (though performance friendly, not laptops being programmed) filters through it. It's not quite so much "toned down" as taking a new direction. "All Aboard Future" is well worth picking up and the band is certainly worth experiencin...view item »

Morrissey
Years of Refusal

In Morrissey's songwriting, he often reminds you of how miserable he is, but not so much on this release. On`Years of Refusal' Morrissey seems relieved to state that he's happy being himself. Morrissey's wit is more evident in these songs with titles such as "Something Is Squeezing My Skull," "All You Need Is Me," and "It's Not Your Birthday Any...view item »

Woodpigeon
Treasury Library Canada

Woodpigeon release their second album called Treasury Library Canada. I like the title. I think it's nice. The album itself is reasonably pleasant commercial singer songwriter music. Fans of Iron & Wine and Grizzly Bear are supposed to like this apparently but it's a wee it more commercial than those bands. There's some hints of (very) early Sn...view item »

Jack Penate
Tonight's Today

Jack Penate looks well fit on his new record sleeve. Gone are the colourful sleeves which fold out into tents or whatever and they've been replaced with black and white photos of Jack with stubble looking all sensitive and sensible. Well hunky... A bit like those Adele sleeves.. Hey you can see for youself and see if you'd want to bang him. He does...view item »

Boy In Static
Newborn

There's a new release on Alien Transistor by Boy In Static. The singer sounds a bit like that chap from Snow Patrol. It's more indie than previous releases on the label and we think it's gonna appeal to folks who like Styrofoam. Indie music with a few blips, tweaks and beats. Nice enough stuff like.......view item »

Tiago L.A
Is Losing The Plot

OK my final review got wiped and now I'm having to write it again and I really can't be arsed as I'm well busy. I remember it started off Taigo L.A is losing the plot. As it's by Taigo L.A and it's called Losing The Plot. Very clever you see. Then I can't remember what I said aside from it comes in amazingly lush 70's style Japanese Bowie import in...view item »

Silk Flowers
Silk Flowers

Silk Flowers are certainly vying for curious record of the week, having put 10 songs on a large vinyl record through Post Present Medium and called it after themselves. The music is quite brilliant in parts, taking in lo-fi cold wave electro ala Netherlands' Trumpett imprint, dinky mechanised kraut-pop and eyebrow raising analogue effects are only ...view item »

Wino
Punctuated Equilibrium

When I first heard "Release Me" I must say I was a little worried. It was included on a sampler I received and it didn't really grab me - luckily it's grown on me. If you're looking for Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan or The Hidden Hand then you will be disappointed. But if you're looking for signature Wino then you won't be disappoint...view item »

Cap Pas Cap
We Are Men

'We Are Men' is a 12" by Cap Pas Cap. They do a kinda punk-funk thing with dinky echo-laden new-wave guitar shapes and a vocal that occasionally decends into Einar Orn style yelp territory. It's pretty cool in a 2005/6 style way. I must confess I think the remixes on this record are irritating to the point of me wanting to get a bus out into L...view item »

Lithops
Ye Viols!

Nothing St. Werner touches has ever been less than technically proficient, but with each new album it's becoming increasingly difficult for Lithops to shake its reputation as a poor man's Mouse on Mars, a trend that dates all the way back to its early singles and continues here, on the intelligently constructed, fundamentally flawed Ye Viols. Gi...view item »

Color Cassette
Forever Sparrow

Forever Sparrow is Color Cassette's full length follow-up to the 3" CD I vaguely remember from a while back, which Mobeer put out. Looking at the blurb this one seems to be about a boy who gets lost in a magical forest, gets turned into a sparrow and chooses to stay in the forest forever but before reading that I just thought it was a really n...view item »

Popup
A Time And A Place

I'm not that keen on Popup's style of music to be quite honest, so I'm at a bit of a disadvantage with A Time and A Place on Art/Goes/Pop. They've very Glaswegian, that's for sure. Definite big dollops of Franz Ferdinand's lyrical jauntiness, some of the Delgados sound and the most pronounced accent this side of Glasvegas. Quite what the press rele...view item »

Jack Shirt
Silent Beef

Jack Shirt is a one-man project and Silent Beef is his second album. It’s a weird and marvellous sonic adventure through a kaleidoscope of concise and witty musical adventures. Mr Shirt plays pretty much all the mainstay instruments of modern music – guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, vocals and electronics. And he...view item »

Daniel Johnston
Lost & Found

Right, can I just say, I refuse point blank to acknowledge Daniel Johnston as the unfettered genius some deluded folk make him out to be. You'd think he were Jesus judging by the level of fawning martyrdom that's been placed above his bemused head in the cult R&R hall of (in)fame(y). He's funny in a "look at that scruffy backwoo...view item »

Brian Wilson
What I Really Want For Christmas

If there's anyone in the world I detest more than Mike Love its Brian Wilson's saxophonist, Paul Mertens. I'm sure he's a nice guy but he's put a few dreadful sax or flute solo's into Wilson's recent stuff and...well I think it's disgusting. Oth...view item »


District of Noise

Here's a compilation CD of experimental music from Washington DC. If you don't know where that is it's in America and it's where a lot of elected important people hang out and make decisions which effect people all over the world. While all this important decisions making is going on a bunch of experimental musicians in Washington had a festival ca...view item »

Bastards Of Love
Bastards Of Love 2

We have 2 new records in the Bastards of Love which is a little like early Depeche Mode type electro. ie dark yet with a pop sensibility. This ain't my forte but hopefully this modicum of info will be enough to give you an idea!...view item »

Aaron Moore (Volcano The Bear)
The Accidental

Still with the pastoral belt we get a new release on Elsie and Jack. This is by Aaron Moore who is the feller from  Volcano the Bear.  It starts off with very ambient bell like sounds. I'd like to think they are real - I'm pretty sure they've been done on a computer - though the press blurb begs to differ saying i...view item »

Esser
Satisfied

This Esser guy is the latest in a long line of dandy types who obviously want to inject the bland charts with a vaudeville, theatrical twist. And on 'Satisfied' I gotta hand it to him. Blending a reggae lite/dancehall rhythm with an eerie ballroom sensibility and a catchy as SARS lyric, he makes for a fresh & strangely addictive pop contender. ...view item »

Phasen
The Crisis Is Over

Lately the CD's on Distant Noise seem to be finding their way into my review pile. Not that I'm complaining as they're always a welcome listening experience for when things get a bit hectic you can just switch into chill mode. So the latest lovely 'The Crisis Is Over' comes from US producer Phasen who's released stuff on U-cover. Pretty melodic ele...view item »

Jeffrey & Jack Lewis
City & Eastern Songs

My brother gave Jeffrey Lewis a lift recently & said he was a lovely bloke & not at all like most of the wankers that inhabit the music industry. Anyway when you hear first hand how nice someone is you tend to want to like their music more (yes I'm that shallow). Apparently James Blunt is a lovely feller  - so nice he...view item »

Champagne Diamond / The Brilliant Light
Split

Why, what marvelous packing on this Champagne Diamond/The Brilliant Light split CD on Kaleidoscope.  Whack the CD on and you'll be greeted with watery acoustic shimmers, interesting mountain top indie-folk in an almost Fleet Foxes style, rabble-rousing rockers like Glasvegas gone experimental and My Bloody Valentine-esque feedback droneou...view item »

Chicks On Speed & The No Heads
Press The Space Bar

Oh and here's a new Chicks on Speed album with the The No Heads. Who they? Well they be Christian Vogel, Joe Robinson (from Mum & Dad) and probably other people. The insert has text all over the show and I can't be arsed fighting my way through it. Musically it's a departure from the last polished more ele...view item »

Wilderness
(k)no (w) here

(k)no(w)here is vaster and more generous than the past two Wilderness albums. You will be hard pressed to find a more perfectly paced album right now. Wilderness have created a singular piece of music which may only be fully appreciated in its entirety; (k)no(w)here's haunting logic simply demands multiple encounters. It's constitution reminds m...view item »

Simon Bookish
Everything

On to Simon Bookish who is a right theatrical chappie. His new album 'Everything/ Everything' has landed courtesy of those quirk pop lovers Tomlab. And they don't come much more quirkier and poppier than Mr Bookish. When I hear him he's everything I wanted Patrick Wolf to be without the twatty jumpers. Part poet, part musical genius he strings toge...view item »

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