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Syd Arthur -‘Sun Rays’

4 Jul

Syd Arthur release a new track ‘Sun Rays’, ahead of October 21st album release.  Listen below:


‘Syd Arthur’ is brothers Liam Magill, Joel Magill (bass, vocals), and Josh Magill (drums) and Raven Bush (violin, keyboards, mandolin). Formed in Canterbury, England, in 2003, the band has explored the myriad possibilities of improvisation, taking an exceptional approach born of prodigious musicianship, elemental song-craft, and an unabashed spirit of adventure. They have released three albums so far, including 2014’s Sound Mirror.

Syd Arthur will tour with Jake Bugg in the US in September 7th. Prior to that, they will perform at Bushstock and Glastonbury Festivals, as well as playing a headline show at London’s Electrowerkz on 13th July.


THE ALBUM LEAF – ‘Between Waves’

22 Jun

THE ALBUM LEAF have been making their mark steadily since 1999. One year after forming the influential San Diego instrumental group Tristeza, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Jimmy LaValle founded THE ALBUM LEAF, a solo studio project turned full-fledged live band. Over time, THE ALBUM LEAF (now based in Los Angeles) has grown from a side-project  to LaValle’s main focus. The project’s first releases, An Orchestrated Rise To Fall (1999) and One Day I’ll Be On Time (2001), intertwined field recordings, Rhodes piano, and a nuanced treatment of texture with mature songwriting and dense, evocative atmospheres.

Following a European and a second US tour with Sigur Rós, LaValle left Tristeza to devote his full attention to THE ALBUM LEAF. In 2016, the band partnered with renowned label Relapse Records for the release of the group’s sixth studio album and first since 2010’s A Chorus Of Storytellers (Sub Pop).

Jimmy LaValle
Matthew Resovich
Brad Lee
David LeBleu

Wand – ‘Golem’.

27 May

The second album from LA band ‘Wand’ is better experienced live (i.e. at the Old Blue Last in London, Sunday 24th May 2015). Still, well worth a good listen.

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Wolf Alice Release New Track ‘She’ – Listen Now

15 Aug

An update from the rising Wolf Alice. Fresh off a UK-wide tour and playing at several festivals (including Longitude and Great Escape), the quartet are due to release an EP ‘Blush’  on 14th October 2013 through Chess Club Records . Co-produced by the band themselves along with Austen Jux-Chandler, the first single ‘She’ (first streamed on the 14th August) retains all the loud, building choruses that have characterized their songs to date. Only, this time, everything – from singer Ellie Rowsell’s voice to the song composition – is more mature.

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New Release: Jon Hopkins – ‘Immunity’

13 Jun

Having previously worked with a wealth of artists and producers (Brian Eno, Imogen Heap and Four Tet, to name a few) in theory ‘Immunity’ is Jon Hopkins’ fifth studio album. After earlier albums failed to receive critical acclaim, the record is somewhat of a wildcard for the master composer; but thankfully it shows the classically-trained musician at the very peak of this game.

The album starts off with synth-based percussion that lunges knee-deep into techno-crafted melodies with ‘We Disappear’. The pace slows somewhat for ‘Open Eye Collider’ – arguably one of the best songs – as Hopkins draws you into with its rattle-snake beat before attacking with grimey dub-base lines.

Despite his rising status as a house DJ, Hopkins never veers far from his pianist-background (he once paid his way through entering piano competitions). ‘Abandon window’ is an elegy to human emotion, featuring hauntingly beautiful piano compositions that offer brief repose from heavy beats. The pace quickens again with ‘Form by Firelight’ and I couldn’t help but detect a little reggae-influence in the base-line. ‘Sun Harmonics’ is a fitting contender for Summer soundtracks, invoking female vocals and harmonic beats, while the closing track ‘Immunity’ (featuring King Creosote) sees Hopkins return back to piano melodies.

Somehow I think the only way the experience of listening to ‘Immunity’ could be bettered is by seeing Jon Hopkins live; fitting, since he has a string of live dates planned all over Europe this Summer.

You can listen to the full album here (on Grooveshark).

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