Articles by Jared Dix
There is pain in these songs but healing in her voice. Human frailty and beauty. Magic and sorrow and loss.
Blends Dawson’s remarkable storytelling abilities with Circle’s quicksilver music to delirious effect.
It’s prime stuff, two hefty ‘Pyroclasts’ cuts and a full half hour long version of ‘Troubled Air’ to float in.
Matches the original for its abstract and hallucinatory power.
buzzes with disco lounge sounds in fake tropical surrounds.
The Ritz’s famed sprung dancefloor is doing its bouncy thing beneath a leaping pit of bodies and the air is pulsing and expanding with energy and excitement. Up on stage, Girl Band are tearing the roof off, firing out great chunks of sound that explode …
Two of the most exploratory metal acts dig down into the twisted roots of the old weird America.
So delicate and effective it sometimes feels as if they left the tape running and it came out of the night air, an elegy from the past.
a grim assessment of the current state of things, it may be a bit stark for that, but we really shouldn’t take her continuing greatness for granted
Maybe less a heartbreak album than a dark night of the soul, but it finds its way back to the light.
This music is half awake, a blur of memory and dream, ideal for flights of idle fancy.
A brilliant album, Last of the Better Days Ahead draws on the strengths of an impressive career and still expands the scope of Parr’s music.
Stunningly realised, an overwhelming piece of work. Terrifying and beautiful.
A course of gently analgesic library music. Hawksmoor’s blend of electronics and live instruments decorating still, quiet, rooms in slowly changing moods.
More sees them further honing their attack, condensing down their weirdo sludge punk into gut punch blasts.
A shut-in’s death disco of disfigured beats and fried industrial tones.
One of our most inventive and forward looking bands, there is something about Snapped Ankles that’s more sci-fi than back to nature.
Noise-hop cheerleaders and candy-striped, sunshine pop so joyous it’s probably fortified with vitamin D.
New set of lush abstracts from loscil is as rich, detailed and multilayered as we’ve come to expect.
An unassuming but impressive debut EP.
Failure, self doubt and projection abound but Contender is also full to the brim with soaring choruses and an absolute sackload of power pop hooks to wash that bitter medicine down.