By Ray Finlayson · 09 December 2016
Finnish musician Mikko Joensuu's new album, Amen 2, is a record that deals with loss of faith with an easily understated beauty. It's a quietly rich album, and also a welcomingly deep one too.
By Ray Finlayson · 06 December 2016
Lustmord's new album, Dark Matter, is another stellar exercise in "dark ambience" from the creator of the genre, using the sounds of space to create a deeply unsettling portrait of the universe around us.
By Ray Finlayson · 29 November 2016
Analogue Creatures Living On An Island is Immersion's first album in 17 years. The duo bring some new flavours and sounds to the table, but still focus on creating absorbing music that skirts between electronic and ambient.
By Ray Finlayson · 24 November 2016
Harlequin, the debut album from L.A. musician Alex Izenberg, is one which jumps from style to style - and one which charms because it does so.
By Ray Finlayson · 21 November 2016
On STRFKR's new album, Being No One, Going Nowhere, the band take a darker, more introspective feel, but it often just shows that they lack substance both when working in major and minor keys.
By Ray Finlayson · 16 November 2016
Loscil's new album, Monument Builders, is an ambient album that rewards almost immediately, but also flourishes and unspools with a grey sort of grace with repeated listens.
By Ray Finlayson · 14 November 2016
Canadian outfit the Darcys return as duo, moving away from deep, monochrome progressive rock and into bright, flashy, 80's electro pop.
By Ray Finlayson · 10 November 2016
Big Scary's third album, Animal, delivers an impressive take on the human condition. It's an album evocative of other sounds and artists, and also one that works in pieces and as a whole.
By Jackson Maxwell · 07 November 2016
On their new record, Goodbye Terrible Youth, American Wrestlers are wrapped in non-stop fuzz and distortion, a sound which comes off more as a gimmick than an asset compared to their self-titled debut.
By Ray Finlayson · 04 November 2016
Will Varley's latest album, Kingsdown Sundown is so on the nose and bland that it's almost laughable at points, which doesn't feel like the reaction the singer/songwriter intended as he sings his gentle heart out.
By Ray Finlayson · 02 November 2016
Brooklyn-based and Barcelona-born artist NOIA lays down a solid foundation for her glitchy, R&B-fused electronica on her brief but enjoyable debut EP, Habits.
By Ray Finlayson · 31 October 2016
Kelly Lee Owens shifts gears on her Oleic EP. While the dreamy ambience of her music might be mostly lost here to 4/4 bass beats and chattering hi-hats, she’s still engaging, inventive, and promising.
By Ray Finlayson · 28 October 2016
If there’s one thing the Lucid Dream do well on their third album Compulsion Songs, then it’s draining every slither of energy from an idea.
By Ray Finlayson · 27 October 2016
Natalie Mering's new album as Weyes Blood, Front Row Seat To Earth , is more honest and open handed than The Innocents. Both her musical style and her voice are softer, gentler, and lovelier.
By Elise Cobain · 21 October 2016
House Of Savages is an alternative rock night in London. The collective celebrated their 2nd birthday and last show before a hiatus with a rainbow of styles and raw talent.
By Ray Finlayson · 21 October 2016
Kaiser Chiefs' new album Stay Together has the band working with producer Brian Higgins and diverting to a new dance-rooted style. The results will likely divide listeners as the band suffer through some growing pains