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

Les Savy Fav – Oui, LSF

Les Savy Fav have created an astonishingly colourful album that blasts deep into the quarry on ideas mountain.

sleepmakeswaves – It’s Here, But I Have No Names for It

Whilst clearly being influenced by older music, sleepmakeswaves have created a fresh and vibrant sounding album.

Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol – Big Dumb Riffs

It’s big, it’s dumb, it’s fucking rifftastic, job done!

Scarred Lip – Fair Head

I hope we hear more from Scarred Lip as this set of songs sets a high standard of songwriting. Highly recommended.

Pissed Jeans – Half Divorced

With the punk genre having greater mainstream exposure with bands like IDLES, Pissed Jeans may well find themselves the recipient of some extra attention.

A Burial At Sea – Close To Home

Close To Home is bursting with vibrant energy and was clearly created with passion and heart.

Conchúr White – Swirling Violets

I’ve got goose pimples thinking about what lies ahead for Conchúr. Based on the strength of this debut album his future is bright as Swirling Violets is an absolute wonder.

Guhts – Regeneration

Regeneration is a challenging and worthy debut.

Beirut – Hadsel

Hadsel is a beautiful recording and a reminder of the immense talent that Zach Condon has.

Helmet – Left

You’re left disappointed with this album which would have been better served up as an extended play.

David Holmes featuring Raven Violet – Blind On A Galloping Horse

Blind On A Galloping Horse is an intense but richly rewarding record clearly made with passion and love. A modern classic.

Myrkur – Spine

Spine somehow manages to confound, by merging two opposing musical genres into one very appealing body of work. Incredible.

Vanishing Kids – Miracle of Death

It’s staggering that such retro sounding music can sound so refreshing and Miracle of Death is just glorious from start to finish.

Grails – Anches En Maat

Anches En Maat is an accomplished and brilliant album in terms of production and stunning arrangements.

Explosions In The Sky – End

After over 20 years of existence, it’s so good to hear Explosions In The Sky still creating glorious and exciting music and End is one of their finest albums to date.

Hatchet Field – The Magpie Never Wept

As the nights draw in, and the temperatures drop, these songs will warm your heart. Highly recommended.

The Handsome Family – Hollow

Hollow is a beautiful record bursting with character, stunning arrangements, and damn fine tunes.

The Burning Paris – Everything Is Broken & I Don’t Feel A Thing

If you were a fan of The Burning Paris first time round I daresay you’ll be thrilled for more recordings from the band.

Divide And Dissolve – Systemic

Systemic is concise and dynamically perfect and has to be played as loud as possible to truly experience its magnitude and power.

Less Bells – The Drowned Ground

This music is powerful and potent. It can lower heart rates and induce the most heartfelt emotions. Less Bells, that good.

Lanterns On The Lake – Versions Of Us

The time has come for Lanterns On The Lake to elevate to arena status, Versions Of Us is just exceptional, it really is.

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