Articles by Ljubinko Zivkovic
‘Time Itself’ actually blurs the line between all the sounds ‘then’ into a sound that is ‘now.’
In combination with Zuydervelt’s usual concept of making incongruous sounds work exactly in the opposite direction, it makes ‘Re: Moving’ an exciting listening experience just as is, without the dance performances it was initially created for.
It is that dance-inducing ‘motorik,’ constant movement, enveloped in a quite heavy dose of psych that makes ‘De Película’ work its charms. With ease.
‘Forest of Things Lost and Found’ certainly is not a light-hearted listen, but one that can bring quite a few rewards.
Well, it might sound like one very long song, as the band put it, but it is actually an excellent one at that. The one that has more layers than a very large onion.
Berkes certainly has immersed himself in that Eighties guitar sound so well, that it has become a good part of his person.
Musically, the album just might represent a prime example of a recently coined genre of Ambient Americana. And one that many should follow as an example if they want to continue this line.
‘I Am Not A Robot’ at the same time sounds like the music you are somehow familiar with, but to which at the same time you really can’t put your finger on.
If you ever wanted This Mortal Coil updated for current times and toned yet another shade darker, you just might start with Vassilina and her Fragments.
His music has that urban, nocturnal feel when all the parties are over but the adrenaline rush still holds as the end of the night, or old moon, if you will, approaches.
Ivanov’s ‘ATOM’ is the kind of music where its detonation will certainly be felt, and it should be on a larger scale.
On If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right II there is a very unified sense of ideas and their presentation making it work like (a dark) charm.
You get everything here that characterizes an excellent post-rock album from dub drones to abstract musical collages.
Harkness does not miss a step on his initial outing, the quality of which makes you wonder – what can (and will) he do for a follow-up?
It works on all the right levels, escaping one of the key traps Post Rock can pose – too much brain and too little heart.
The eleven songs here all sound fresh and beaming with ideas that require repeated listening. Every new listen brings out yet another nuance you might not have noticed the first time around.
Even when he seemingly calms things down, there is always a rhythmic pattern present in Blanos’ playing that goes on to prove that well-known saying ‘a big city never sleeps’.
Another reason Immortal Machinery’s vision of Bartok is successful might lie in the fact that the duo obviously knows the composer’s works so well. They are aware that Bartok can often be most potent in small doses.
Those with very rock inclinations in their musical taste don’t have to go very far from New Age Soul as their current summer album.
West Coast Love Stories turns out to be one of the better albums Tobin has come up with in recent times, a melodic experiment that is above all utterly listenable.
Talk Show Host and their Mid-Century Modern show that there is still some exciting vitality left in the punk/power pop combination.