Jason van Gulick – Concrete

It’s a narrow tightrope that an avant-garde musician must balance upon. But Jason van Gulick does so with aplomb.

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan – Dirt

As eccentric as their work may read on paper, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan measure up to their claims and have proven themselves once more with another splendid piece of work that transcends genres.

High Reeper – High Reeper

Whilst High Reeper are competent in what they are doing, by staying way in their comfort zone they simply become a little derivative.

Girl Sweat Pleasure Temple Ritual Band – Hyper Rituals

In a filthy, corrupted world of lies and illusions it’s so hard to know what to believe in these days. Sweat knows, he’s a true believer in the soul shaking, transformational power of rock ‘n’ roll. Not the tired and tiresome ‘real music’ on ‘proper instruments’ dullardry clutching ever tighter to rock’s cultural corpse, but the electric energy and numinous possibility of its vital life force.

JIRM – Surge Ex Monumentis

If ever a band were on peak form it is JIRM and with ‘Surge Ex Monumentis’ they have created something of a masterpiece. A superb listen from beginning to end which never lets up, and continues to bring new thrills on each listen.

Guided By Voices – Space Gun

Consider some of the other bands touring their old 90’s hits and lack lustre new material wearily around and Space Gun begins to seem more remarkable. There’s not many of them sounded this charged and alive on their 6th, nevermind their 26th album, we should probably not take them for granted.

Inhumankind – Self-Extinction (Review + Exclusive Track Stream)

If so much music associated with “ritual” is unnecessarily baroque, Inhumankind serves as a sort of corrective. The music here is not overwhelming, it doesn’t foist modern melodies onto an imagined past, and you won’t find bizarre odes to pagan ancestors.

Tomorrow We Sail – The Shadows

It’s so hard to find nowadays such a perfect blend of post rock, modern classical, folk elements and orchestral strings. The Shadows is an uplifting journey and a rare thing to hear.

Le Millipede – The Sun Has No Money

An interesting experimental variation on the theme “we’re all equal under the sun”, with very listenable results.

Gleb Kolyadin – Gleb Kolyadin

Gleb has come a long, long way. And I hope that he continues to do both work with Iamthemorning and as a solo artist, but do one thing at a time. I can’t wait to hear what he has in store for many years to come.

Flying Horsemen – Rooms/Ruins

Antwerp’s Flying Horsemen come up with an album you can always play before you go to bed when you wish to get rid of any possible nightmares.

Anna Von Hausswolff – Dead Magic

The result is her most deeply emotive, as well as conceptually and sonically coherent, work to date. Dead Magic is Anna Von Hauswolff’s darkest music yet – and the darkness suits her.

Earthless – Black Heaven

For all you rockers out there, conquer mountains, cross oceans, if you have to but pin your ears to the speakers and hear vocals integrated 4th album by the power trio Earthless.

Anthroprophh – Omegaville (w/ Video Premiere)

A cosmic journey into worlds new and unknown, where nothing is predictable, where all rules are thrown out the windows into the streets of Omegaville, and where everyone of a certain disposition is sure to have a truly wonderful time.

Monumentals – Irregular Heads

Whilst this is not an album which you will find yourself visiting much, it’s very nature of mixing such elements of ambience together makes you reach for it as a kind of soothing pill. We need this kind of experimentalism and adventure in music

Shama – Truth Be Told

Shama shows on “Truth Be Told” what true genre fusion should sound like, live or in studio.


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