Gareth Watkin


Born in Ireland, raised in England and currently seeking more experimental music to sate my ever burgeoning curiosity. With my first CD purchase of Motion City Soundtrack's 'Commit This To Memory' (roughly a decade ago), I've always enjoyed discovering and enjoying music. Nowadays, apart from writing for Echoes & Dust and my own website, I also enjoy creative writing, cinema and amateur dramatics.

Articles by Gareth Watkin


William Basinski – A Shadow in Time

A perfect demonstration of his own style, complete with all the emotions that comes with it.


Steve Hauschildt – Strands

Hauschildt creates an enigmatic world where sounds naturally come to life before decaying once again


Svin – Missionær

Another enigmatic album experience that offers intense rushes and surprising calms.


Benoît Pioulard – The Benoît Pioulard Listening Matter

An album that that feels strangely familiar and comforting, whilst managing to express many ideas and notions.

Off World

Off World – 1

The blurring of styles, concepts and genres makes 1 a more interesting electronic album experience, one where general classification is certainly difficult, but the result is one of Perri’s more enigmatic releases. With this being the first of three offering from the newly formed band, one can only wonder what direction the follow-up will ultimately take itself in, and what mysterious world we’ll be transported to next. By Gareth Watkin


Automatisme – Momentform Accumulations

The power from the album comes from the incredible energy that runs throughout each track as it alternates back and forth, all presented in a slightly uncomfortable and intimidating fashion that is still utterly engrossing. By Gareth Watkin


Jason Sharp – A Boat Upon Its Blood

Whilst some artists tend to throw in as many ideas as they possibly can into their debut albums, Sharp instead refines and develops key specific concepts on his debut instead, giving everything a clearly defined edge in presenting itself, rather than sounding like an amalgamation of half-formed ideas or a showcase of skill over talent. Sharp has certainly made the right choices here, and as a result, as produced a stunning debut. By Gareth Watkin


El lenguaje como obstáculo – I

El lenguaje como obstáculo certainly seem to have a good and strong style when it comes to their own branch of post-rock/post-metal music, and whilst some smoothing of those rough corners would greatly benefit the band, there’s certainly something admirable about those roughened corners in the first place. By Gareth Watkin


Merzbow – Kakapo

‘Kakapo’ is certainly an extreme album, which is what anyone would expect from Merzbow, though one that envelopes the listener into a completely different mindset that no other music really places one in. – By Gareth Watkin

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The Pineapple Thief – Your Wilderness

‘Your Wilderness’ feels like a band who know exactly what they want to do, and know how to achieve just that. – By Gareth Watkin


M. Craft – Blood Moon

It’s arguable that Blood Moon is a little too easy-going, or a bit cheesy in places, but the general impression the album itself leaves is one of calming delight. – By Gareth Watkin


One Hour Before The Trip – Boarding Pass

One Hour Before The Trip seem to have moved into more interesting territory on their latest album, and once all the kinks and faults have been ironed out, we’ll most likely see some very promising work from the band. By Gareth Watkin


Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

For me, Radiohead will probably always be one of those bands that will stick with me throughout the years, with A Moon Shaped Pool being another album that stands out in their impressive discography. By Gareth Watkin


Slowrun – Resonance

Feels like a band starting to really work out their identity and using their strengths and talents to achieve that goal. There’s definitely something worth keeping an eye on here, and something we hope will continue to grow over the years. By Gareth Watkin

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Go Run Donkey Hot! – Summerth

When the album works, it suggests some nice levels of creativity from the band, though perhaps it’s a little thinly spread to begin with at times. By Gareth Watkin


rootless – rootless

It’s certainly nice at times, with there being very enjoyable drone and post-rock elements, though sometimes it feels a little thin on the ground. By Gareth Watkin

Animal Collective

Animal Collective – Painting With

Painting With might falter on occasion, and fail to become the new Merriweather Post Pavilion, but it is undeniably fun and whacky, which is just what one expects from Animal Collective anyway. By Gareth Watkin


Takénobu – Reversal

This is perhaps one of those albums where you’ll find yourself ignoring the more forgettable tracks, but definitely enjoying the more memorable ones. By Gareth Watkin


Hunck – Never Had A Dream EP

Hunck definitely have tried to do something for their debut EP, but they have failed to actually produce anything of true interest. It’s not unpleasant; it just passes by without impinging noticeably on your attention. By Gareth Watkin


David Bowie: A Tribute

Column inches by the billion have been generated over the last week in tribute to this unique man. We debated whether we really needed to add to the noise but ultimately Bowie affected so many of us, and so much of the music we listen to, it seemed callous not to at least give a space for some of our writers to express in their own words what David Bowie meant to them. Here are a few stories.

Avec Le Soleil

Interview: Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche

Earlier this year, Montreal’s kraut-funk quartet Avec Le Soleil released Zubberdust!. Given that they feature musicians that have also played in Panopticon Eyelids, Pas Chic Chic, Red Mass, Set Fire to Flames and Fly Pan Am we wanted to find out more about them so we sent Gareth Watkin to find out.

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