There’s a riot going on, but it isn’t happening on the latest from Yo La Tengo. All that violence, shouting, general chaos, that’s happening someplace else, and no one wants to hear that. Instead, Yo La Tengo offer a quiet noise, one which buffers out all the mess in our day to day. ‘Dream Dream Away‘ to this one. Continue reading →
Suuns offer dark noise rock disco to groove to, rather than completely wig out to, and it’s so easy to feel as the beat takes hold. But after three albums it’s safe to say we’ve felt fully and a shift is required to keep on dancing, for I’ve danced on my bedroom floor long enough to ‘Music Won’t Save You’. With album number four it’s time for the four piece avant-rockers to ascend from the darkness and into the suun, one sax freak out at a time.
Preoccupations (previously known as the slightly offensive Viet Cong) are back at it again, with a new set of tunes to mope along to. It’s a new year, new works, new material, but still the same Preoccupations you know and love! Isn’t that the best kind of new? Continue reading →
Anna Von Hausswolff’s last album ‘The Miraculous‘ was everything the title said it would be, bringing uplifting gothic noise pop to all who would stumble her way. But that album was merely a moment, a pop oddity to lure new listeners into the world of Von Hausswolff, and what she’s really all about. Dead magic, that’s where she likes to dabble. Continue reading →
‘Of Abstract Dreams’ is a case of a record label digging deep to find something, anything, of worth that could be sold as new for suckers like you and me. Or just me, for how excited does one really get about unreleased radio sessions for a jazz band with already a bazillion records floating around the cosmos? Though of course, a good barrel scrape can be worthwhile… sometimes.
EMA’s ‘Exile in the Outer Ring’ was my favourite album of 2017, see it shine at number one here, read even more words on it here, and hey, you can even read about the live show for it all here. Three different blocks of paragraphs from myself, all about how EMA made a truly energising politically relevant rock out record for our times.
But such albums aren’t made without pieces left on the cutting room floor, and with Outtakes From Exile, we get to see just what didn’t quite fit in that Outer Ring. Continue reading →