Ed Sprake

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One time DJ, ex-guitarist (I really don’t deserve that title any more), currently improving ukulele player, lover of great music, regardless of genre.

Not too bad with words and pretty damned handy with pictures.

Rarely seen at gigs without a camera in hand, but often seen having a dance regardless.

I regularly seek out the weird and wonderful ends of various spectra of music, and thoroughly enjoy dissolving my brain in the slightly distorted, broken and bleeding edges, where boundaries are broken, and rules are disobeyed.

Somehow I manage to fit all this in around my wife, two children and a proper job. In this mix, sanity is definitely optional.

Many fingers, many pies…

 

 

Articles by Ed Sprake

Sweet Deals On Surgery – The Snake And The Snoozer

It’s unashamedly catchy. In fact, it’s really quite poppy indeed in it’s own weird, twisted and possibly slightly psychotic way. By Ed Sprake

Shield Patterns – Mirror Breathing

Mirror Breathing is an album that goes well with an armchair, a great pair of speakers and nothing to do but completely immerse yourself in this gracefully forged landscape. By Ed Sprake

Carina Round – Deranged to Devine

Some of this journey is sublimely delicate and beautiful, some of it is harsher and darker. All of it is utterly captivating. By Ed Sprake

Nomad Stones – Nomad Stones

This album has bags of character, mischievous glee and balls the size of planets. This must be ludicrously fun live! – By Ed Sprake

Kayo Dot – Plastic House on Base of Sky

Kayo Dot clearly want to challenge us to listen, to accept and embrace their differences. This is their normality, their experience. This is a brief glimpse into their dark stories from a world that while essentially alien to us, is nevertheless full of intrigue. – By Ed Sprake

In Photos: Destroy All Monsters presents: HEADS., Mums, Irk, Pijn

Destroy All Monsters presents: HEADS., Mums, Irk, Pijn Gullivers, Manchester, 28.07.2016 Photos by Ed Sprake

In Photos: Cleft, Alpha Male Tea Party, Body Hound

Cleft, Alpha Male Tea Party, Body Hound The Deaf Institute, Manchester, 25.07.2016 Photos by Ed Sprake

In Photos: Iodine Sky, Apex, Mask Of Bees, Twin Gates

Iodine Sky, Apex, Mask Of Bees, Twin Gates Manchester Academy, 20.05.2016 Photos by Ed Sprake

Yodok III – Legion of Radiance

The delicacy with which this evolves attests to how each member of Yodok III is entirely in tune with the other members of the band, especially when you consider that this is a live recording with an audience present. – By Ed Sprake

In Photos: From The Kites Of San Quentin, worriedaboutsatan, Dujat x Jecht Rye, Sphelm

From The Kites Of San Quentin, worriedaboutsatan, Dujat x Jecht Rye, Sphelm The Bunker, Salford, 13.05.2016 Photos by Ed Sprake

Sleepdebt – Gravity

I have thoroughly enjoyed getting repeatedly and deliberately lost in these four short glimpses of Sleepdebt’s potential. How to sum this up in one word? Beautiful. By Ed Sprake

The Algorithm – Brute Force

Not an easy listen. Not by any stretch of the imagination. But very definitely an interesting listen, a unique listen and actually, once you have set aside your preconceptions, a rewarding and highly enjoyable listen at that. By Ed Sprake

Mask Of Bees – Beta

One of the most innovative, well crafted and downright catchy albums I’ve had the privilege of wrapping my ears round this year. It turns out that I’m a big fan of drowning saxophones, seas of wild riffs and viking war-cries. By Ed Sprake

In Photos: You Slut!, Alpha Male Tea Party, Trojan Horse, Piles of Clothes

You Slut!, Alpha Male Tea Party, Trojan Horse, Piles of Clothes The Star and Garter, Manchester, 20.04.2016 Photos by Ed Sprake

Sunnata – Zorya

If you like your doom fast and riffy, with liberal doses of sludgy, stoner rock, this should be near the top of your list of albums to check out. – By Ed Sprake

In Photos: Mothertongue, We Are Kin

Mothertongue, We Are Kin The Castle Hotel, Manchester, 8.04.2016 Photos by Ed Sprake

In Photos: Black Peaks, Palm Reader, Toska

Black Peaks, Palm Reader, Toska The Deaf Institute, Manchester, 1.04.2016 Photos by Ed Sprake

Three Trapped Tigers – Silent Earthling

Like Vangelis and Autechre went out, got jacked up on pharmaceuticals and started throwing bricks at Boards of Canada while riding a random number generator. By Ed Sprake

Knifeworld – Bottled Out Of Eden

A truly kaleidoscopic wonder of progressive psychedelia, replete with glittering gems reflecting and fragmenting the abundant light, but mixed with dark, sinister, opaque moieties, which when skilfully woven together create ever shifting and beautiful patterns in the mind’s eye. – By Ed Sprake

In Photos: Daniel Land, Wilderness Hymnal, Crash Tactics

Daniel Land, Wilderness Hymnal, Crash Tactics The Castle Hotel, Manchester, 27.02.2016 Photos by Ed Sprake

In Photos: Slayer, Anthrax, Kvelertak

Slayer, Anthrax, Kvelertak O2 Apollo Manchester, 24.22.2015 Photos by Ed Sprake

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