(((O))) Category: Reviews

Nolan & Wakeman – Tales by Gaslight

Time to go through your book collection of Carroll, Doyle, and Shelley and see where you left off. Because this is the music and stories behind those albums, you’re going to be blown away

Caravan – It’s None Of Your Business

Caravan’s It’s None Of Your Business is the band’s story coming full circle

Tim Story – Moebius Strips

Like going through an old scrapbook that is brought to life with sounds of noises and loops throughout the pattern strips on how the 22nd century will be in the years to come.

Green Lung – Black Harvest

Green Lung have done it again. Black Harvest is full of great smouldering infectious songs, metal anthems built for stadiums.

Novelty Island – How Are You Coping With This Century?

Novelty Island’s debut album is quite a unique release this year for Tom McConnell. His music is like walking towards the beaches in Brighton with a sunny-side up psychedelic vibration to bloom like a flower that is ready to erupt.

Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters – Destiny Waiving

Destiny Waiving brings the curtain down for one final story that is unveiled on the silver screen

Jesse Malin – Sad and Beautiful World

Jesse is always looking to the bright side, to the future, to ‘Greener Pastures’ as he does on this record. There are absolutely no duff songs here at all.

Vannon – Desert of Our Dreams

It is exactly that movement through various heavy metal variations that make ‘Desert of Our Dreams’ an interesting and engaging listen, even for those listeners that only occasionally venture into heavy metal.

Yes – The Quest

While there are some good moments on The Quest, I think the magic dust of Yes’ music has been puffed out of thin air with nowhere to go.

Howlin’ Rain – The Dharma Wheel

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

Nektar – …Sounds Like Swiss

Be prepared to relive one of the band’s incredible Swiss adventures that is beyond your imagination

Isildurs Bane & Peter Hammill – In Disequilibrium

In Disequilibrium is another welcoming return for the collaboration of Isildurs Bane’s partnership with Peter Hammill. It is beautiful, sinister, epic, and unexpected changes that will make your mind blown away. Yes it may not be everyone’s cup of coffee per se, but it is like a stick of dynamite ready to explode at any second.

Gustaf – Audio Drag For Ego Slobs

On ‘Audio Drag For Ego Slobs’ it all clicks (and pops) exactly as it seems it should.

ACTORS – Acts of Worship

“Vancouver post-punk project ACTORS has just released another stellar album, swirling with dark harmonics and shrouded in mystery. Evoking everyone from New Order to Roxy Music but sounding solely like themselves, the group has a real penchant for dance beats and catchy melodies.”

Hélène Renaut – The Bells of Freedom

The Bells of Freedom is sort of like a diary detailing the landscapes of California. Listening to this EP, it’s like digging through some of your rarest folk albums that were a part of the Pink Island years, Dawn, Transatlantic Records, and the swirling Vertigo label during its golden-era.

Slade – Slayed?

Reissued on vinyl, a chance to hear one of the UK’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll outfits at the top of their game. . .

Employed To Serve – The Conquering

An exhilarating call for resistance, strength in adversity and generally saying “fuck you” to everyone and everything that brings us down.

Diagonal – 4

A mind-boggling release. Capturing the designs and textures, it’s been worth the wait to hear back from them. It is always good to receive that warm handshake from them. And the magic itself, has only just begun.

Explosions In The Sky – Big Bend (An Original Soundtrack For Public Television)

Every sound on this album has been lovingly created, it’s the only way EITS know how.

Mariana Semkina – Disillusioned

Disillusioned is Mariana’s imaginative movie brought to life on the silver screen

Smoke Bellow – Open For Business

‘Open for Business’ sounds like a sparse combination between ‘Remain In Light’ era Talking Heads and any phase Yo La Tengo, the two bands never made but Smoke Bellow did.

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