Jared Dix


Articles by Jared Dix

Secret Flight – Secret Flight

As with the music she maximises minimal elements giving the tracks a very open feel, small but spacious.

Wolf Eyes – Dreams In Splattered Lines

Each track is a chaotic snapshot from a winding journey through hidden worlds, a postcard trail of saturated colours and enigmatic inscriptions.

Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development Plan – The Nation’s Most Central Location

Essentially this is abstract, instrumental, electronic music that is a pleasure to listen to.

Shit Present – What Still Gets Me

Iona cairns’ words flow in deceptively simple phrases often bearing sharp moments of recognition that can cut you.

Kendo Nagasaki – Hurt, Decide, Conspire

Rhythmic and immediate they hit the sweet spot between engaging and unpredictable.

Left Hand Cuts off the Right – Free Time/Dead Time

Not a particularly soothing listen but it is richly layered and fully realised.

Wallowing – Earth Reaper

They deliver not pastiche or parody but a finely tuned mix of doom and black metal.

Chat Pile / Nerver – Brothers in Christ

It’s an absolute winner.

Gum Takes Tooth – Recovery Position

Slipping free of familiar structures the music flows and mutates. Pools of noise skimmed by clusters of beats.

Chum – Metaphysical

Grips an unswerving momentum, dragging increasingly chaotic clamour in its wake as it goes.

Scotch Rolex and Shackleton – Death By Tickling

Shackleton’s hallucinatory bass-murk meets the playful absurdist spirit of Scotch Rolex on a fun house glide.

Mudhoney – Plastic Eternity

Of course you love Mudhoney, what’s wrong with you? They’re only the band Nirvana could have been.

Martha – Castle & Falcon, Birmingham

Martha are a splendid conundrum: both special and ordinary, and somehow special because they are ordinary; but mostly they’re a life affirming shot of pop.

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Land Of Sleeper

Pigs are musically heavy and lyrically dark but the overall effect is exhilarating, even joyous. It’s vivacious doom.

Sightless Pit – Lockstep Bloodwar

Emotionally it might not escape the same dank dungeon where The Body and Full of Hell are found but it sees Buford and Walker at play in the ashes and ruin.

Oozing Wound – We Cater To Cowards

It’s great. Part thrash, part grunge, all Ooze.

Bruxa Maria – Build Yourself A Shrine And Pray

They may tour in a battered transit van but they sound like a fleet of bombers approaching.

Laibach – Love Is Still Alive

The mystery of Laibach endures. Avant-garde provocateurs or kitsch joke? Why not both? Laibach contain multitudes.

Nyx Nótt – Themes From

Sleepless and distractedly channel surfing, Themes From is a brighter, more colourful, record than its predecessor, a little more alert and diverse.

Objections – Muthers Studio, Birmingham

Still something of an unknown quantity Objections prove themselves worthy headliners.

Shit & Shine – New Confusion

Offers up a subtler twist on the usual chaotic bad vibes, less hedonism and more blank horror.

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