Geoff Topley


Before I begin, can I just say I’m utterly hopeless at writing biographies, in all my years of knocking out CD-Rs under my many artistic guises I’ve never cobbled together a decent press release. Whether it be through shy modesty or plain embarrassment at blowing my own trumpet, I struggled when it came to self promotion. Just as well then that I’m not trying to inflict anything apon you here.

As you may have gathered, I’m a musician of sorts from Portadown. I’ve been floating in and around the Northern Irish music scene for over 20 years. (If you really want to know more about this aspect of my life, google me) In fact, it was through sending Dan my music that I came to know about Echoes and Dust.

I listen to a wide range of musical styles but my main interest is in instrumental rock/metal, dreampop/drone and I do have a leaning towards electronic music. My ears are very much tuned into melody, whatever the genre. Though I have a penchant for the extremities of Noise Rock/Hardcore when the mood takes me.

It’s been a lifelong ambition to write music reviews and I’m very grateful to have been given this opportunity.

Articles by Geoff Topley

Explosions In The Sky – Big Bend (An Original Soundtrack For Public Television)

Every sound on this album has been lovingly created, it’s the only way EITS know how.

Mono – Pilgrimage of the Soul

Pilgrimage of the Soul is a great album, it’s maybe just not a great Mono album.

Low – Hey What

Hey What is a confounding and astounding record that will be played and talked about for years to come. A modern classic.

Martha Wainwright – Love Will Be Reborn

Love Will Be Reborn is a very fine return to form, probably Martha’s best album yet.

Yann Tiersen – Kerber

Kerber is a beautiful and immersive recording of electronic textures and piano.

Deafheaven – Infinite Granite

Infinite Granite by Deafheaven is one of the finest albums ever recorded.

Lou Barlow – Reason To Live

With the focus on melody, this is Lou’s most strongest and most coherent set of songs to date.

VerseChorusVerse – what if we won

This stunning album is so brave lyrically and musically. Be proud indeed Tony.

Will Stratton – The Changing Wilderness

A perfect soundtrack for hazy Summer days.

Tomahawk – Tonic Immobility

There are glimpses of greatness, but mostly this is a set of songs that seem to exist and none of them are really that essential.

Mono – Beyond The Past

Beyond The Past is a truly stunning album, here’s hoping we can soon be at one with these four beautiful souls once again.

Arab Strap – As Days Get Dark

Dark story telling that scratches areas of the human mind that some might keep locked away.

Mogwai – As The Love Continues

This album has more snap, crackle and pop than a bowl of cereal and is Mogwai’s finest collection in years.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – New Fragility

There is much to enjoy with New Fragility despite the underlying current of angst and dark themes that inspired it’s creation.

Divide and Dissolve – Gas Lit

I feel there is much more to come from Divide and Dissolve, Gas Lit is an astounding beautiful beast of an album.

Twoism – II

Twoism is worth your attention if you like music that isn’t afraid to encompass many musical genres and you have an ear for the more melodic/atmospheric side of post metal.

Deafheaven – 10 Years Gone

10 Years Gone is a snapshot of a band at the height of their powers and fans will be elated at hearing these versions of songs they know and love.

Bitch Falcon – Staring At Clocks

Dublin’s Bitch Falcon may have created their own exciting genre here with ‘dream grunge’ and Staring At Clocks is a stunning debut album.

Greg Puciato – Child Soldier: Creator of God

Child Soldier: Creator of God is ambitious, weighty, noisy, complex, infuriating and brilliant all at the same time.

Crippled Black Phoenix – Ellengæst

Crippled Black Phoenix have made a record for these times, it is bleak, but it is also beautiful.

CATALAN! – Veritas

This album is vibrant, joyful and utterly brilliant, it truly makes me feel alive, alive, alive, alive, alive!

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