(((O))) Category: Reviews

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King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana

A dashing collection of easy-going psyche pop-rock tracks that will please weirdos and indie fans alike.

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Pissed Jeans – Why Love Now

From it’s confrontational title and all the way through it’s punishing noise and scabrous lyrics Why Love Now shows that the scum will always rise to the top.

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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.

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – The Tourist

Alec Ounsworth brings Clap Your Hands Say Yeah back with a superb collection of quirky little gems.

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Sigha – Metabolism

Metabolism’s twelve tracks showcase a schizophrenic range of styles that make for a pleasantly unpredictable and rewarding listen.

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We Deserve This – Smile

All of these parts come together to create a welcome wall of sound that will comfort you like a warm blanket on a cold winter’s day.

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The Feelies – In Between

Crazy Rhythms was the band at light speed, and In Between finds them at a comfortable cruising velocity. So what if it’s a variation on a theme? It’s a damned good formula, and it works for them. They’ve gotten so much mileage out of the same basic riffs that most bands would kill for these songs.

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Kairon; IRSE! – Ruination

They push the boundaries to such an extent that they are a band that one must invest time in, and for that reason they are likely to remain an underground concern, but a thoroughly loved and highly valued one at that.

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Six Organs Of Admittance – Burning The Threshold

It’s a dense album and can take a good few listens before it sinks in. There’s a kind of addictiveness to it that makes you want to seek out more nuances, no doubt helped by the otherworldly shift in melodies which remain just out of reach to the listener.

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Tim Bowness – Lost In The Ghost Light

Once more Tim Bowness delivers an album full of sublime heart-breaking and life-affirming prog. ‘Lost In The Ghost Light’ expands Bowness’ music into concept album territory with a somewhat timely reminder of the glories lost by a fictional 1970’s rock superstar. Well worth a look.

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Harvest Gulgaltha – Altars of Devotion

All must bow down to Harvest Gulgaltha’s ‘Altars of Devotion’, or suffer indignation by the scourge of wearing the nameplate, I am Trendwaste.

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Lawrence English – Cruel Optimism

They say the one silver lining to our current political situation is that punk will be good again. Lawrence English’s Cruel Optimism makes a compelling case to look for dissent in less obvious, more abstract genres.

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Lo Sound Desert

This documentary fried my television. But from what I saw it is an essential watch for fans of desert rock.

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Slyde – Back Again

At close to twenty minutes of music featured on this EP, I can hear certain aspects in the instrumentation that have potential and can go places, but it seems once an idea starts to take shape, the band move on to something else instead of letting the idea breathe.

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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.

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Sceptre Fretpen – PLUGH

I seriously had to double check my player to make sure I was listening to Sceptre Fretpen and not Boards of Canada.

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All Them Witches – Sleeping Through The War

All Them Witches promised us that “you’re gonna freak out” when we heard this album. They were right. We did. They should be proud as hell over this album. Because it is a masterpiece.

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Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 3

Run The Jewels 3 is an astounding album, one that tackles difficult and sensitive subjects like racism with intelligence as well as anger and one that will be both a wake up call and a call to arms to thousands if not more people in today’s Trump led America and beyond, it’s that important.

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Briqueville – II

This is post-metal extremely well done. I’ve had multiple listens to this album already and I still discover new layers, sounds and riffs with each listen. Fans of this musical genre should really listen to this band and their new album as you won’t be disappointed.

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Ellis Cage – Vinculum

Vinculum certainly helps with the vague understanding that staring up at the night sky is something that takes in an incomprehensibly huge amount of, well, space.

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Sunless – Urraca

The music is dirty and sullen, but with a goal at drawing the listener in to its intoxicating haze of instrumentation.

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