Jon Buckland

Articles by Jon Buckland

Peter Broderick – All Together Again

Imbuing each recording with a sense of invigorating and rejuvenating optimism, Broderick somehow captures a life-affirming buoyancy that is laced with such a gentle sliver of melancholia that it never tips over into saccharine indignity.

Moloch – The Vatican Cellars

The Vatican Cellars is largely singular in focus and intent. It has a sinister, if borderline pompous, air to it. Terrifying, anxiety-inducing drones teeter into genre-baiting, nefarious organs. Pianos plink and plod over sonic gusts from sweeping 80s synths and this creates a feeling akin to the score of The Thing… if it was directed by Dario Argento and soundtracked by Goblin.

Ólafur Arnalds – Eulogy For Evolution 2017

Across these tracks a dynamism is apparent which gives credence and weight to the initial concept – a cyclical consideration of life and death. Tender ivory tinkles ring out like the echo of a distant star’s glint and then bone-shuddering cello and dramatic chords thump downwards with aplomb.

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