(((O))) Category: Reviews

Viagra Boys – Cave World

As profound as you’d ever want a party band to get, Viagra Boys are the drinking man’s thinking band and right now they seem unstoppable.

Akusmi – Fleeting Future

Akusmo’s ‘Fleeting Future’ is composed and performed with an abundance of inventiveness and flair that makes that debut debate superficial.

MONO – My Story, The Buraku Story (An Original Soundtrack)

MONO have shown over the years that they can pull off surprising stylistic shifts and this is one of their most thought-provoking curveballs to date. It avoids the tropes of both post-rock and of cinematic scoring as a whole and instead delivers a quietly beautiful listening experience that hopefully paves the way for future endeavours.

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – XI: Bleed Here Now

XI: Bleed Here Now sounds absolutely immense and finds the band’s creative fire is very much still burning brightly.

Robert Fripp – Exposure

Yes it is challenging, yes it is punky, yes this is Fripp going beyond the Futuristic voyages from the golden-era of Crimson from 69 to 74, but Exposure is an album that’ll grab your heart and tug it so hard, that you can’t let go of it. This reissue that DGM has unleashed this year, will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final curtain call will drop.

Ufomammut – Fenice

Fenice has large riffs (of course) but it also has light, darkness, intensity and calm. It will move even the most cynical of music fan.

Graywave – Rebirth

Rebirth isn’t just a marvelous EP, but a dark and beautiful structure of a blossoming unveiling that Jess brings to her exhibition. It’s like one of her paintings has come to life and has become this imaginative movie that she’s unveiled to the public.

Glenn Jones – Vade Mecum

Jones’ guitar technique is unquestionable here (and elsewhere), but there is that emotional depth in his playing here that comes only from strong personal involvement with your music.

Ashenspire – Hostile Architecture

Hostile Architecture is a brutal examination of the harsh realities of capitalism, delivered in earnest and with immense sonic precision. If you like your music manifest with great depression then Ashenspire is the band for you. Album of the year candidate for me.

Greg Puciato – Mirrorcell

Mirrorcell is Greg Puciato’s most accomplished recording to date and a definite contender for album of the year.

Maida Rose – Tales of Adolescence

A beautiful release to savor for all dream pop enthusiasts.

Werewolves – From the Cave to the Grave

It’s a merciless skullfuck of an album with nine spine-shreading tracks ready to get you windmill moshing and face-planting brick walls.

Combinator – re//combinator

Re//combinator is an intriguing, genre-bending musical exploration.

Knifedoutofexistence – Mist Clouds The View

On Mist Clouds The View, the smoke is clearing and the mist has started to disperse.

Giant Walker – All In Good Time

All In Good Time, indeed. The wait is over as Giant Walker impressive debut displays super strong confidence.

Why Patterns – Regurgitorium

Overall, Regurgitorium is a very impressive debut album. Why Patterns’ debut undoubtedly delivers the goods.  

Benny Bock – Vanishing Act

Bock is able to support his words by some quite intriguing music and sounds that certainly gives credibility to that ‘cinematic’ term as a description of his music.

The Utopia Strong – International Treasure

The Utopia Strong’s alternate score for an imaginative movie takes listeners and yogi’s a chance to confront their darker past and proceeding to press on and looking into the times ahead.

Beachheads – Beachheads II

Highly recommended for all fans of power pop a la Shoes, REM, Translator, and many others, and for those who love highly melodic and meaningful music.

The Bobby Lees – Hollywood Junkyard EP

If you want to catch The Bobby Lees tearing it up in a small venue, you need to pay attention now. Don’t say I didn’t tell you. 

Steve Reich – Reich / Richter

With bits of detail that’ll keep you hypnotise until the very end, Richter’s pixelating images to the composition is an exhibition you’ll never forget.

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