Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Listen! - Sarah Davachi - Evensong









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Listen! - Greetings Music Lover (On The Wire documentary)









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Review - When ‘Airy Met Fairy - Glow







When ‘Airy Met Fairy - Glow

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Contemporary Nordic duo release debut album. 

Describing vocalist Thorunn Egilsdottir as a Bjork sound-alike is lazy journalism, being Icelandic does not automatically grant that comparison and any review doing so should be instantly dismissed and, any mention of Kate Bush is insulting to any singer who happens to be female, it shows lack of imagination.  Instead think more of Norwegian Ane Brun, delicate tones, sometimes sounding twee but always enthralling, like a childs nursery rhyme or bedtime song.  Accompanied by Mike Koster from Luxembourg the partnership of the delightfully named When ‘Airy Met Fairy is complete.

Glow won’t burst your eardrums, its subtlety at its finest – tinkling keys and tantalising synth swirls provide an album that will demand multiple listens.  It’s stunning in its simplicity and beautiful at the same time.  It is sleepy and calming and lazy and, it glows.  Thorunn has a voice that will warm the cockles of any heart, it would soften the hardest of souls.  Glow is the kind of album that will be heard on your rise to Heaven (should you venture in that direction) and will be accompanied by harp playing angels and banks of choral cherubs as you gracefully float around the emptiness and tranquillity.

Formed in 2015 and ‘discovered’ the following year by Icelandic musician Bardi Johannsson their debut single, Intoxicated appears on Glow early doors.  It has a rare thing on the album, a drumbeat, which entices a toe-tap from the first beat and soon has a catchy vocal and chorus which is decidedly difficult to shake.  Don’t be surprised to find yourself humming it around the office to your bewildered work colleagues or attempting to raise your voice to match the scales provided.

The intention of When ‘Airy Met Fairy with Glow was to create an album of near nothingness and step away  from the overproduced, epic sounding music of today and it is mission accomplished.  Shimmering and glistening like an overflowing bowl of glitter, it is a quite delightful piece of work.  Picking highlights is difficult as each of the twelve tracks nestling in at a short thirty-three minutes is worthy of mention.  The bass accompanying Until Your Season Dries is heart wrenching and the album opener 123 Magic is pure joy.

Glow is music for relaxing, and maybe meditation.  It will help you drift away to a soothing and palliative placec that you maybe didn’t think still exists.  It is, quite simply, a work of art and a feather pillowed blow to the face should there ever be one.  Adorable.







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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Monday, 16 July 2018

Listen! - Brevyn - Sea Cave















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Listen! - mylittlebrother - cyanide (David Teasdale Remix)









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Listen! - Transmission 13 - Live at Aatma Manchester July 2018









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Listen! - Vukovar (feat Equinox) - Tryst Of Emanations








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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Friday, 13 July 2018

Listen! - Cling - 24 Hours









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Listen! - ShadowParty - Present Tense









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Thursday, 12 July 2018

Review - Vukovar – Infinitum







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Industrial churchcore band return with a new album. 

There is mystery surrounding Vukovar, not the regular what they look like, or, what they had for breakfast but instead, the mystery is why they haven’t achieved much greater success so far as it is all that they deserve.  Hints of Joy Division perhaps but with a darker, more melodious approach.  Sparse in chorus but plentiful in riveting gloom presentation and wonderful lyricism, Infinitum sees them progress once more.

As if their last album proper, Puritan wasn’t testament to the incredible promise that the band have, then Infinitum blasts that into the past with nine new tracks of sombre often challenging territory.  Cleverly utilising waltzy type melodies and black bass lines together with reverbed drum beats, Vukovar once more visit the place which they seem so at ease in existing.

Album opener, Rites begins with a pounding, continuous drumbeat which soon subsides to a gentle spoken word affair from their singer, who probably gives his finest performance in a Vukovar shirt to date.  Synth swathes touch on the beautiful as they occasional move up and down the musical scale which leads into In The Overgarden via more spoken word and an initial opening not dissimilar to Bowie’s Heroes.  The comparisons to Joy Division will always be there but ironically, sounds more like Bernard Sumner than he does Ian Curtis and, is perfectly adept at his voice reaching both low and high pitched in an accomplished, underrated way.

Vukovar are no pop band nor are they one-trick ponies as this, their fifth album testifies.  They are competent enough to explore their sound further and the pain and suffering conveyed in their music is something that is severely lacking from much of today’s bands.  The Skin Is New The Skin Is Ours is perhaps the albums most commercial attempt – a track of just voice and scrawny keyboard and an occasional cymbal sound towards the end – it is desperate and dramatic and simply superb.

Infinitum, and similarly Vukovar as a whole need to be listened to with open mind and heart.  As the withdrawn An Invincible Prison launches into an unpredictable screeching guitar will testify.  Feedback, distortion and unadulterated power.  The House Of Thirteen Scenes is creepy on a horror movie scale and The Destroying Place sees them go as close to mainstream friendly as they could possibly get.

Infinitum is another triumph and however difficult and strenuous the recording process was, Vukovar have certainly put sweat, heart and soul into making it.  If you’re unfamiliar with their work then now is the time to jump on board. Brilliant.





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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Albums of the Month - June 2018


Geniuser - I Am





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Lark – The Last Woman





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Listen! - Throbbing Gristle - Persuasion U.S.A.









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Friday, 6 July 2018

Listen! - Barmy Army - Sharp As A Needle
















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