Articles by Martyn Coppack
Old friends, new friends, strangers, all together in communion to celebrate the power of music it sounds corny but after 18 months of no music, we’ll take that.
There’s a mellower vibe to this album than previously. That’s not to say that they forget to bring the rock. It’s just found in unexpected places such as the explosive chorus of ‘Under The Wheels’ which sounds suspiciously as if the band have been hitting the bongs to a few Eagles albums
Listen closely and that will be the sound of a typewriter and gravel being scuffed up. It’s these moments that make Meilir such an unusual artist.
An endlessly entertaining book which introduces the reader to a whole new world of music that they may not have even been aware of before
Vanities is the sound of late night Manchester, as skeletal frames throw shapes against a backdrop of electro beats. A city of extremes, all joining together to celebrate the uniqueness of the surroundings.
Paradise is another fine gem in the career of Alex Rex and may be is most fulfilling solo release yet. The music world is so much richer for having Alex Rex in it.
You like to imagine Laird as some cowled, raincoat wearing figure owing a season of cigarettes to Peter Lorre, whilst casually pumping out hallucinogenic mushrooms to a soundtrack of Julian Cope and Syd Barrett, but behind the mask is a musician who is intent on forging his own path.
For those intent of exploring music free of form or boundaries then Mythic Sunship are the band for you.
As I said earlier Future Times was the starting point, and it’s the heart of the album. It’s an expression of not knowing what is coming next. There is tension and uncertainty, definitely some paranoia, but also a determination to confront whatever is ahead of us. In hindsight I guess the idea is if we can get through all this, we can get through anything.
“This has been a time to challenge our species to its core, with the promise of better days and better ways at the end of the tunnel“
Once again Alison has shown what an outstanding musician she is, and suffice to say Only Darkness Now is yet another superb piece of a complex yet intriguing jigsaw of musical pieces.
Alien Mustang may not have pushed the boat out too far but when the music is this good it doesn’t really matter. The album drags a little in the middle section as it tries too hard to seek a darkness which is not there, but when they hit their stride, the highs are absolutely glorious.
It must be something quite special to be part of a band which has the freedom to build a catalogue of music which defies any sense of normalcy, and with it an urgency to the music which can only come from playing live together, warts and all.
All that is required now is for music to be allowed to tour again so we enjoy these songs in their natural environment, on the stage.
It’s been nothing but pleasure to see a band develop so far in such a short space of time, and whilst there is always scope for improvement, in Nightcap At Wits’ End, the band have created their best release so far.
It does what it sets out to do and takes you on a trip into the minds of four supremely talented musicians doing what they do best.
Folklore is an album which sets her up on the pantheon of greats alongside those artists she grew up revering.
She uses the songs as a mirror on herself, and as such these represent some of the most naked and revealing songs that she has committed to tape.
The band have an innate sense of what makes a jam work, and within their familiar sound, they have threaded together a mystical path via Damo.
With their new album, Holy Wave have created not just an album of divine dream pop, but also one that asks questions and also seeks to expand your inner mind.
The summer of 2020 may be a write off as far as a lot of things go, finding an escape through music has become all the more enjoyable through Summerlong.