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Reviews

IST IST – Protagonists

Kind Violence Records

Impressive 3rd outing from the Manc post-punks


Laurel Canyon – S/T

Agitated

The grunge revival gets another reboot.


Last Days – Windscale

n5MD

contemplative ‘soundtrack’ to the UKs worst Nuclear disaster


Emperor Zero – Nights Of The Hunter EP

Ramber Records/Sways

“Blossoming in adversity, beautiful melodies square off against the solemnity of the Old Testament, post-punk guitars soaring poetically from the noisy squalor”


Ballamona – Institutions EP

Ramber Records

“Manchester-based neo-industrial band take perverse pleasure in exploiting uneasy spaces”


Carlton Melton – Resemble Ensemble

Agitated

“a statement quite unlike anything the Northern Californian woodsmen have done before”


Vague Lanes – Foundation and Divergence

Swiss Dark Nights/ n5Music

The bass men cometh


Hammock – Love in the Void

Hammock Music

a return to the glistening dreampop template


The C.I.A. – Surgery Channel

In The Red

An electro-punk “drive-it-like-you-stole-it, sparking-on-the-rims vehicle for reckless fun”


Skull Practitioners – Negative Stars

In The Red

The Dream Syndicate’s Jason Victor gets hot and heavy alongside this set of general practitioners.


Gunslingers – Supreme Asphalt Doser

Cardinal Fuzz/Opaque Dynamo/Feeding Tube

“Not for the wary. Not really for the uninitiated. And certainly not for the fearful”


Yellow6 – A Change In The Weather.

Sound In Silence

High brow downtempo from the guitar King.


Black Swan Lane – Blind

Wanderland.

Latest album finds band mainstay coming back to himself.


Ludvig Cimbrelius – Love Letters From The Sky

Sound In Silence

“piano magic”


Pianos Become The Teeth – Drift

Epitaph Records

….carries that sense of a half-forgotten dream, fading beyond our grasp.


The Haunted Youth – Dawn Of The Freak

Mayway Records.

New Belgium sensations offer more than teen rebellion


The Wide – Smile

Echozone

suited and re-booted new album


Dry Cleaning – Stumpwork

4AD

“less than it parts nevertheless still had the stodge to satisfy”


The Anaesthetics – 1080

Gentlemen Recordings

post-punk leaning synthpop from The Netherlands


Boy Is Fiction – Deeper Than Static

n5MD

Ambient IDM worth the 12 year wait?