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

High Plains – Cinderland

A beautifully unsettling and chilling album capturing the essence of ambient and neo-classical genres.

Animal Collective – The Painters

Throws us back into the wonderfully bizarre, crazy and ‘Kinda Bonkers’ world of Animal Collective once again.

Mountain Men – Black Market Flowers

Black Market Flowers instantly put me back into the place where I was remembering all the many reasons why I love their music.

Earthen Sea – An Act Of Love

An ever evolving and transforming musical experience.

Peter Silberman – Impermanence

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.

Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche – Pas Pire Pop, I Love You So Much

The experimental amalgamations of varying rock genres result in an incredibly varied yet cohesive album experience that’ll stick around for ages.

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 – 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

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

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

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