Articles by Gareth Watkin
Sometimes, one can potentially forget just how varied the post-rock genre can be at times, and it takes a band like Often The Thinker to come along and show that there are other ways of doing it!
The drone elements seem to force the listener into the head-space of the artist, whilst the ethereal and beautiful string sections feel like requiems for the horror and terror being expressed in the field recordings. Nothing seems to be done in bad taste, and instead is an incredibly moving and haunting piece of work.
A beautifully unsettling and chilling album capturing the essence of ambient and neo-classical genres.
Throws us back into the wonderfully bizarre, crazy and ‘Kinda Bonkers’ world of Animal Collective once again.
Black Market Flowers instantly put me back into the place where I was remembering all the many reasons why I love their music.
An ever evolving and transforming musical experience.
Sometimes an album can just resonate with you in such a way, that it feels connected with you at a place and point where you happen to be, helping to shape and form your own understanding. For this reviewer in particular, Impermanence has come along at the exactly right moment, as it no doubt has done for other people out there.
The experimental amalgamations of varying rock genres result in an incredibly varied yet cohesive album experience that’ll stick around for ages.
A perfect demonstration of his own style, complete with all the emotions that comes with it.
Hauschildt creates an enigmatic world where sounds naturally come to life before decaying once again
Another enigmatic album experience that offers intense rushes and surprising calms.
An album that that feels strangely familiar and comforting, whilst managing to express many ideas and notions.
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
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
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 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
‘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
‘Your Wilderness’ feels like a band who know exactly what they want to do, and know how to achieve just that. – By Gareth Watkin
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 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
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