Jared Dix


Articles by Jared Dix

Mark Dicker – Metropolith

The titles suggest a quick scout around a concrete plant and the music sounds like a night in an abandoned multi-storey car park.

Nick Cave – Idiot Prayer

It’s remarkable that an artist this far into their career is still holding out that promise of going somewhere new for both themselves and their audience. Looking forward to seeing where we go.

Left Hand Cuts Off The Right – I Can Wait

Warm and contemplative, I Can Wait is four linked tracks of gently flowing sound to help ease your fizzing brain.

Hey Colossus – Dances / Curses

A stunning piece of work, Dances / Curses is an enigma and a blessing. It covers much ground and it resists lazy classification. It’s a lot.

Big Lad – Hand Tools

Hand Tools is a fast and slightly queasy flashback to all things pre-lockdown. Warming and medicinal, like a shot of Jäger.

Dorcha – Honey Badger

Bold, multilayered and disorienting Honey Badger is an enigmatic and beguiling listen that rewards your patience.

Haq123 – 4

Further refines their attack into a protean pre-teen metal that feels confident in itself and open to all possibilities.

Cherry Pickles – The Juice That’s Worth The Squeeze

Cherry Pickles invite you in to their wonky hand made universe. It’s an invitation worth accepting.

KROM – Misplaced EP

a weighty chunk of dark and swirling rock, well suited to driving into the long dark night of winter.

Shit & Shine – Malibu Liquor Store

There’s plenty of chaos and confusion here still but it might be the brightest and breeziest Shit & Shine have ever sounded and it’s a pretty fine way to be sitting out a lockdown if nothing else.

Legss – Doomswayers

Soaked in urban claustrophobia and a manic uncertainty Doomswayers is ambitious and accomplished, an imaginative shot in the arm.

Black Mekon – The Lumpiness of Demand

garage punk blues in exhilarating two minute buzz saw blasts of jangling anxiety and broken distorto whine.

Reigns – The Walled Garden

A pastoral calm beset by aural hallucinations The Walled Garden is a weird and hidden treasure

Dream Nails – S/T

The energy they radiate is empowerment not grievance, a sense of strength in community. These aren’t protest songs, more songs of identification and celebration, of shared joy and pain.

Grey Hairs – “HALLOWEEN” – Live at JT Soar

Crisp and clear but charged with ‘in the moment’ energy, in a certain light it could be their best record.

BLKLSTRS – Fantastic Man

Fantastic Man is nine chunks of relentless pounding drums, serrated guitar and agitated yelling. It is bracing and delightful.

Shackleton & Zimpel – Primal Forms

The title Primal Forms suggests something irreducible, even basic, but this is music as a primordial ooze, fundamental elements stirred into a bubbling soup of possibilities.

Reciprocate – Yeah Well

The loose song structures are contorted by hyper charged playing, love songs played at full force and high volume to achieve an emotional frenzy.

Sofasonic Festival

With the stroke of a Covid-19 pen, Birmingham’s brilliant but lockdowned Supersonic festival became the virtual, Sofasonic. Jared Dix was sitting comfortably and gives us the full DFS. . .

The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers

Their knack for effortless melody is undimmed and resistance to its charms proves foolish.

Sex Swing – Passovers

What have we learnt here then? This is a pretty solid remix record… If you’ve had enough baking and jigsaw puzzles, it’s not a bad diversion.

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