Geoff Topley

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Before I begin, can I just say I’m utterly hopeless at writing biographies, in all my years of knocking out CD-Rs under my many artistic guises I’ve never cobbled together a decent press release. Whether it be through shy modesty or plain embarrassment at blowing my own trumpet, I struggled when it came to self promotion. Just as well then that I’m not trying to inflict anything apon you here.

As you may have gathered, I’m a musician of sorts from Portadown. I’ve been floating in and around the Northern Irish music scene for over 20 years. (If you really want to know more about this aspect of my life, google me) In fact, it was through sending Dan my music that I came to know about Echoes and Dust.

I listen to a wide range of musical styles but my main interest is in instrumental rock/metal, dreampop/drone and I do have a leaning towards electronic music. My ears are very much tuned into melody, whatever the genre. Though I have a penchant for the extremities of Noise Rock/Hardcore when the mood takes me.

It’s been a lifelong ambition to write music reviews and I’m very grateful to have been given this opportunity.

Articles by Geoff Topley

Conrad Keely – Original Machines

Conrad Keely once again shows his amazing way with melody throughout this intriguing solo debut album. By Geoff Topley.

Steve Mason – Meet The Humans

Steve Mason returns with solo album #3 and it’s a triumphant nod back to the initial thrills provided by The Beta Band. By Geoff Topley

BRITNEY – BRITN3Y

If fucking heads is BRITNEY’s mission then mission accomplished. This is easily the most challenging album I think I have ever encountered. But yet, I would rather listen to it again than 99.9% of the excruciating shite that currently constitutes the Top 40. – By Geoff Topley

Documenta – Drone Pop #1

The sound they create isn’t new, but it’s a lovely lovely sound and most welcome in this age when traditional guitar sounds are being spurned. By Geoff Topley

Public Enemy – Live From Metropolis Studios

Live from Metropolis Studios contains some excellent pumped up versions of their classics mixed with extended jams. By Geoff Topley

W.A.S.P. – Golgotha

This is a triumphant return and includes some tracks that are sure to become staples in the live set for as long as Blackie Lawless deems it necessary to hit the stage. ‘Golgotha’ is a worthy addition to the back catalogue and a definite confirmation that Lawless is a songwriter and performer deserving of better recognition. – By Geoff Topley

Lou Barlow – Brace the Wave

I’m left a tad underwhelmed, which is unfortunate as this album isn’t bad, you really need to be in the right mood for it. Perhaps it will fit better on an autumn or winter evening, when the open fire is lit. Yeah, that’s it, come back to me in a month or two. By Geoff Topley

Low – Ones and Sixes

Low are beyond special, the music they make is truly enchanting and Ones & Sixes is one of their finest albums. By Geoff Topley

renate/cordate – Growth

Renate/cordate continue to make progress in terms of how they sound, the transition to might and metal is welcome and yet they retain a keen ear for melody and groove. I’m not familiar with any other bands from Finland, but if these guys are doing a fine job of promoting any possible scene there might be. – By Geoff Topley

Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss

Chelsea Wolfe is a prolific artist who widens the hues and textures of her musical palette with every release. With Abyss, she has created something that is unique, original and an absolute certainty to be appearing in a lot of end of year polls. Truly amazing. By Geoff Topley

Giza – Migration

It’s good to hear how a band’s sound widens to incorporate new ideas and Giza have obviously allowed themselves the freedom especially with the guest musicians involved. Worth a listen. – By Geoff Topley

Wages – L’oeil

Shady Chamber still gives me goose bumps when I hear ‘South China Sea’, and those sublime vocal melodies that permeated throughout that e.p. Regrettably, I really have no desire to listen to L’oeil again, and I certainly won’t be extolling the joys of this e.p., because there just aren’t any. By Geoff Topley

Malojian – Southlands

I’m late to the Malojian party, but I’m glad I made it in the end as here we have a very well-kept secret and a potential star in the making. By Geoff Topley

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Live in Paris

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are still a good rock n’ roll band, but unfortunately there are some great rock n’ roll bands around these days who are making wonderful fresh sounds with their instruments. They’re turning my head, BRMC just make me nod it. By Geoff Topley

My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall

I’ve had my last drink in the last chance saloon with My Morning Jacket. I have the memories of a band that could and should have gone places; their back catalogue suggests moments of brilliance but also a wilful desire to burden themselves with sound over substance. By Geoff Topley

And So I Watch You From Afar – Heirs

Heirs is a perfect mix of old and new sounds and their best album yet. By Geoff Topley

Mylets – Arizona

Mylets is an utter genius and extremely talented young musician. ‘Arizona’ is another fine body of work. – By Geoff Topley

No Spill Blood – Heavy Electricity

Rapidly becoming one of those must-see bands, No Spill Blood push all the right buttons for me. Tight bass grooves, seriously compact primal drumming and keyboards that manage to be retro and futuristic at the same time. – By Geoff Topley

Lightning Bolt – Fantasy Empire

With Fantasy Empire, they really hit the spot, fully focussed and determined, these songs, and we can truly label them songs, must surely reach out to a wider audience. Out-fucking-standing. – By Geoff Topley

Pelican – The Cliff EP

Taking a track from their 2013 album ‘Forever Becoming’, adding two remixes and an unreleased track is something of a stopgap, but these four tracks combine to provide a neat collection of tracks that fans should hear. – By Geoff Topley

Axis Of – The Mid Brae Inn

Another confident and (to these ears) unique collection of raucous yet poignant music from these soulful beings. I know that come the end of year, ‘The Mid Brae Inn’ is very likely to be figuring in a lofty position in my best of chart. – By Geoff Topley

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