NEW MUSIC: Franz Kirmann & Roberto Grosso – In Waves

Dark cosmic sounds abound on this recently released track by French electronic musician/producer Franz Kirmann & Italian guitarist Roberto Grosso. Much like the Fabels track we’ve also posted this week, this one also had us casting our mind back to the creeping electronic sounds of Massive Attack. No vocals here though, all of the atmosphere is created by haunting, see-sawing synths, processed and hypnotic guitar … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Franz Kirmann & Roberto Grosso – In Waves

ALBUM REVIEW: Black Midi – Cavalcade

Black Midi Cavalcade Rough Trade / Remote Control Records The new wave of prodigious, forward-thinking and bold UK musicians continues unabated as we near the middle of 2021. With the underground jazz scene taking its divergent strands overground to international acclaim and songwriters and players of the experimental indie rock persuasion, who were barely born when Radiohead released OK Computer, soaking up and reimagining all … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Black Midi – Cavalcade

NEW MUSIC: Held By Trees – In The Trees

Here’s a fascinating new project for fans of Talk Talk and Mark Hollis. Seven musicians who were involved in the Talk Talk albums Spirit of Eden, Laughing Stock and Hollis’ solo LP have come together as Held By Trees, led by producer/composer David Joseph. They approached the recording in a similar way as they did under Hollis – emphasising spontaneous improvisation and keeping the best … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Held By Trees – In The Trees

NEW MUSIC: Drongo – Neshorn

Drongo is an eight-piece band from Oslo, Norway, playing music belonging somewhere between Krautrock, techno, afrobeat and math rock. The band’s line-up includes a drummer, one percussionist, one bassist, two guitarists and three keyboardists.  ‘Neshorn’ is from the band’s debut album 1, that was released on April 16th. It swings with a primitive Krautrock repetitive intensity, gathering steam as it charges forth, all fractured, worn … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Drongo – Neshorn

NEW MUSIC: John Drammeler – Alva Burnout

I’m liking this new track from UK electronic producer John Drammeler. He hits a really nice balance between hard and heavy beats that fall somewhere between drum & bass and industrial techno and more ambient smears of sci-fi synths. You can draw a strong line from Burial’s work to this kind of sound, though Drammeler takes it in even more of a streetwise, nightcrawler direction. … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: John Drammeler – Alva Burnout

NEW MUSIC: Low – Days Like These

Duluth Minnesota’s Low return with their first new release since the overwhelming sonic experience that was their last album Double Negative. From the opening harmonies of ‘Days Like These’ to the stark mirroring guitar chords and the fractured static and alien vocal effect, it’s clear they’re continuing to push the boundaries of song and sound on this new track, taken from the forthcoming BJ Burton-produced … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Low – Days Like These

NEW MUSIC: Cong Josie – Persephone

The drama is high on this recent single from Melbourne artist Cong Josie. It sways, pulses and seduces like the love child of Suicide and early primitive Depeche Mode. That said, there’s a lushness to the sound. Tropical funk in a woozy state of sunstroke or The Cramps sipping piña colada’s poolside. Cong Josie is Nic Oogjes, best known as the bandleader of heat beat … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Cong Josie – Persephone

NEW MUSIC: Cederick Knox – Autumn Leaf

Taken from his March EP Spack in the Box Allstars vol. 1, ‘Autumn Leaf’ is Cederick Knox‘s nod to the common jazz standard ‘Autumn Leaves’ – often used as an early track in learning jazz improvisation. Cederick Knox is a Brighton, UK based producer/composer and co-founder of the Ceremonial Laptop experimental music night and label. For this project he brought together members of Squid, Pelican … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Cederick Knox – Autumn Leaf

ALBUM REVIEW: Squid – Bright Green Field

Squid – Bright Green Field (Warp Records / Inertia Music) The last year or two have felt like yet another golden period of forward-thinking UK music. There has been a fascinating sonic collision of indie, jazz, post-punk, art-rock and avant-pop that has thrown forth various musical enigmas such as Black Midi, Black Country, New Road, Shame, Dry Cleaning and the various jazz-based incarnations of Shabaka … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Squid – Bright Green Field

NEW MUSIC: Warren Ellis – Purple Perilla

From Dirty Three to the Bad Seeds and now a parallel career as a composer with and without Nick Cave, Warren Ellis has certainly led a fascinating creative life. He’s just released a new project with Marianne Faithfull and in another first he’s composed the soundtrack to a book – a recently released collection of short stories by Chinese writer Can Xue. This piece initially … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Warren Ellis – Purple Perilla

NEW MUSIC: Alaskan Tapes – The Sky Sings Its Chorus (For Us Alone) [Pt. 1]

Ambient / post-rock / drone / soundtrack / soundscape There’s a beautifully ponderous lumber and sway to this new post-rock track from the Toronto, Canada artist Alaskan Tapes (Brady Kendall). The lulls and gentle washing peaks are perfectly paced and giving a sense of movement that carries the listener through an emotionally melancholic six minutes. What I like is that the piece never gets heavy … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Alaskan Tapes – The Sky Sings Its Chorus (For Us Alone) [Pt. 1]

NEW MUSIC: Cederick Knox – Back In The Box

Cederick Knox hits cosmic mystery mode on this new track ‘Back In The Box’. There’s a shadowy creep to the sound he’s created. Part jazz, part avant-experimentalism, initial drum tracks were recorded with cerebral palsy drummer ​​​’Spack​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Box’, on​ ​top​ ​of​ ​which​ ​a​ ​series​ ​of​ ​players (including members of Squid and Pelican Man) ​ ​were​ ​invited​ ​to improvise. These recordings were then used … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Cederick Knox – Back In The Box