Articles by Martyn Coppack
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.
2020 may have been a year to forget so far, but within the storms lies this oasis of calm willing to embrace you for just under 40 minutes and leave you feeling that there is a greater power out there above all the politics and turmoil.
Go in expecting more of the same and you will get a nice surprise with Cosmic Ritual Supertrip, which is a fine return to form for Black Rainbows.
The power of live music can be one that is both communal and personal, sometimes at the same time. It is the breathing force of music and its tendrils reach way back before the existence of recorded sound. It is something to be cherished. . .
Perhaps the lasting legacy of Britpop, aside from its cultural impact which not only affected what was then called “indie music” but also pop music, and it’s not entirely invited political moments, is that it’s inclusive nature not only broke the gender divide but also brought together the disparate crowds.
Hardly a band to change the world, or your life, but they will give you a fucking good time. Buy this album and live in their world for just a little while. You’ll feel better when you leave, if a little freaked out.