Gareth Watkin

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Self-appointed Constellation & Kranky reviewer (by sheer will-power). Purveyor of experimental ambient/post-rock music, and occasional ambient music composer under the moniker ‘The Light & Day’.

Articles by Gareth Watkin

Stillwave – Sell Another Soul

Sometimes you get a band that not only nail down their influences perfectly, but even go as far to create a work of art that feels familiar to those influences, whilst having an incredible edge that greatly sets it apart and allows it to stand on its own merit.

Burden Limbs – Demo

Feels much like being thrown into an ever darkening room, where all the light slowly dissipates until there is only a voice calling out in the thick black darkness, desperate to express those unbearable clouding thoughts

Collapse Under The Empire – The Fallen Ones

The result is of course that quintessential post-rock experience, one that builds up with a fevered ferocity and urgency, whilst featuring qualities that make it seem a little more modern and up-dated.

Benoît Pioulard – Slow Spark, Soft Spoke

A less-is-more approach gives the album a very dreamy ethereal quality as we slowly get pulled into the waves of ambient drones

Gregg Kowalsky – L’Orange, L’Orange

Kowalsky’s approach to composition has resulted in an album that is incredibly inviting and lovely, and one that sticks around well after its finished, giving those who listen with rapt attention a wonderful and warm presence that elevates mood to something comfortable.

The Wolf Number – Bunker Sessions EP

EP releases of this nature are always a delight when they achieve exactly what they need to, which more often than not is serving as an introduction to the band in question.

Off World – 2

Bustling with life and activity as everything rushes and zooms past, feeling oddly organic at times yet distinctly clinical and empty at others

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers

What makes it all the more powerful is just how beautiful and emotive the tracks all are, how it all expresses an incredible range of emotion and feeling whilst still having a powerful level of impact in its sentiment.

Chad VanGaalen – Light Information

Things are dark, mysterious, scary but above all else, just simply fun and enjoyable.

The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

A very emotionally charged yet completely euphoric album experience.

Liars – TFCF

A mish-mesh of styles and concepts, acoustic, non-acoustic, electronic and field recordings all interplaying within each other to create an experimental record bound by a peculiar pop sensibility.

Nektyr – Demen

A feeling of being pulled deep into the dark abyss of the ocean, slowly sinking as all light gradually disappears until there’s nothing.

OVOD – Autumn Mornings

Everything pulses and ebbs into the scene, feeling oddly stark and cold and wonderfully futuristic.

My Education – Schiphol

A wonderfully strong record that definitely shows the band as one which continues to improve and impress.

Chaz Knapp – Withheld

From the moment the album begins, one instantly begins to understand that this is a work that is going to be very emotive, in all of the best ways.

Joni Void – Selfless

Cousin amalgamates so many different genres and ideas all into one cohesive vision.

Long Hallways – The Way Home

Everything melds together very comfortably and effortlessly, resulting in a post-rock experience that seems to grow in strengths the further and further you delve into it all.

Jessica Moss – Pools of Light

Here, we’ve now been given a chance to see just what Moss has to offer, and my goodness is it stunning.

Northumbria – Markland

The album itself feels like a journey, starting in a cold and stark environment, where everything feels almost indiscernible as you struggle to make out the details, and from there transforms to imagery of wolves in the dark night, thunderstorms that loom overhead, and the break of day illuminating a vast open space.

Justin Walter – Unseen Forces

It all moves seamlessly and effortlessly, gently pulling us into a world that feels incredibly pastoral, full of opaque colours where the detail is hidden behind veils of electronic hums and droning trumpets.

Saltland – A Common Truth

It all culminates into a very meditative yet intense album experience, one that offers reflection on the current state of affairs, whilst also expressing a deep seated rage and anger over it all.

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