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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

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.

Vangelis – Juno to Jupiter

Juno to Jupiter is an imaginative and mysterious release for 2021. Vangelis returns again for an operatic voyage behind what is happening on Jupiter’s landscape. There are moments on this album where I almost wanted to see what the duo would go to, but with its cavernous and labyrinth extensions, they are the passages of an expedition drive.

ManDoki Soulmates – Utopia For Realists: Hungarian Pictures

Part concert, part documentary, and part movie, it is Leslie’s answer to Walt Disney’s 1940 cult classic, ‘Fantasia’

Drowning Effect – Technoculture

Drowning Effect does combine various strands of the sounds they like, particularly all strands of heavy and psych, in to something that sounds their own.

Black Reuss – Metamorphosis

‘Metamorphosis’ sounds exactly as it was intended – a black metal album with varying ideas and musical presentation.

Holy Death Trio – Introducing…

Holy Death Trio are the band you need to keep an eye on. So it’s time to raise our Jack Daniels, Seagram’s 7, and Crown Royals to the Lone Star band that will hopefully keep the fires of metal burning more and more in the years to come. In the disclaiming words of Bowie’s landmark album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Introducing… is to be played at maximum volume.

Semihelix – Recoil

“Semihelix is a delectable Austin dream pop outfit, and Recoil is a sonic confection that will please even the most jaded of listeners.”

The Wildhearts – 21st Century Love Songs

There really is so much to pick and find on this record that even 10 / 15 listens in you will find some little noise or detail that gives you a whole new take on the song.

Mono – Pilgrimage of the Soul

Pilgrimage of the Soul is a great album, it’s maybe just not a great Mono album.

The Body and BIG|BRAVE – Leaving None But Small Birds

Two of the most exploratory metal acts dig down into the twisted roots of the old weird America.

Still – { }

This cathartic blend of blackened post-hardcore and post-metal is one of the best so far this year.

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