Holger Czukay – Cinema

There’s a lot to take in here, but the short version is – this is incredible, inspiring, wonderful music. Influential, experimental and wide ranging but crucially never aggressively difficult or unwelcoming.

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.

Lumnos – Ancient Shadows of Saturn

This music is drawn out, roomy, and spacious. It’s certainly not the type of black metal you put on when you’re in a blastbeat sort of mood. But it is an elevating, elegiac performance.

Cloud – Plays With Fire

Cloud’s new album “Plays With Fire” is a perfect cross between Jonathan Richman and Galaxie 500 with an assertive personal touch

Desert Storm – Sentinels

With ‘Sentinels’ they still show more promise and display more ambition and creativity then nearly all their peers, no question.

Submotion Orchestra – Kites

In the glut of ordinary, routine downtempo albums Submotion Orchestra manages to come up with something that is interesting enough to hold your attention, even if you play their ‘Kites’ album as incidental music.

DDENT – Toro

A solid instrumental doom metal album with post-rock and progressive elements that holds the interest from start to finish.

Mantis – Magnolia

Mantis from Belgium unleash a fine debut album. For fans of ASIWYFA and Russian Circles.

Blown Out / Comacozer – In Search Of Highs Volume 1

Where this series of splits goes next, we will have to wait to see, but as a starter for ten it really doesn’t get much better than this.

Zombie Picnic – Rise Of A New Ideology

While paying homage to bands such as Pink Floyd and King Crimson, Zombie Picnic are still one of the most refreshing acts I’ve heard this year.

The Oscillation – U.E.F

Demian Castellanos, aka The Oscillation, London’s psychedelic shape-shifter takes Krautrock to the modern-day dance floor this time around.

Vile Creature – Cast of Static and Smoke

Vile Creature made some noise for their second album simply by existing, daring to play cruise-liner heavy doom whilst identifying as queer. ‘Cast of Static and Smoke’, a post-apocalyptic concept album based on a self-penned short story, proves they’ve much more to offer than upsetting all the right people.

Wedge – Killing Tongue

This isn’t retro music, this is timeless music. And that’s what rock and roll is at the end of the day. Buy this album, buy a copy for your parents. Play it loud and live life.

Nightports w/Matthew Bourne – Nightports w/Matthew Bourne

Nightports and Matthew Bourne have come up with some intriguing conceptual music that actually works on the initial album in a series prepared by the Leaf Label.

Rites of Fall – Truthsayer

A tantalising first outing from this Polish dark ambient outfit.


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