Leif Vollebekk – Twin Solitude

February 25th, 2017 by

Leif Vollebekk is a Canadian singer-songwriter, based in Montreal. Twin Solitude is his latest release and it sees him in fine form with a collection of songs that are at once intimate but also evocative of endless plains and the open country. ‘Vancouver Time’ openings proceedings. It is a mellow, yet bruised, offering. Musically, it […]


Duke Garwood – Garden of Ashes

February 13th, 2017 by

Duke Garwood is a London born blues rock/experimental musician that has worked with such luminaries as Mark Lanegan, The Savages and the Archie Bronson Outfit. Garden of Ashes is his sixth album and finds our man very much in fine form both vocally and musically. The collection opens with ‘Coldblooded’ where the listener finds themselves […]


Lower Than Atlantis – Safe in Sound

February 8th, 2017 by

Lower Than Atlantis  are men on a mission on their new release Safe in Sound. As frontman Mike Duce states: “We’re headlining the biggest shows we’ve ever played so we’ve written what we think is a record big enough to be played in those venues”. How does this determination manifest in their fifth studio album? […]



Minor Vicotories – Orchestral Variations

January 31st, 2017 by

Formed in 2015, Minor Victories are a British alternative rock supergroup of sorts made up of vocalist Rachel Goswell (Slowdive), guitarists Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), Justin Lockey (Editors), and film-maker James Lockey of Hand Held Cine Club. The band released their self-titled album in 2016 and Orchestral Variations is a curio as it is an instrumental interpretation of the group’s debut. ‘Cogs’ is built […]


Foxygen – Hang

January 24th, 2017 by

The Californian duo Sam France and Jonathan Redo, collectively known as Foxygen have produced a work of ambition and scope in their new release Hang. Indeed, every song features a 40-plus-piece symphony orchestra arranged and conducted by Trey Pollard with additional arranging from Matthew E. White. Album opener, ‘Follow the Leader’ is, paradoxically, redolent of […]


Kid Koala – Music To Draw To: Satellite

January 19th, 2017 by

Kid Koala’s return, Music To Draw To: Satellite delves deep into a sonorous ambient groove and doesn’t so much grab the listener but lulls them in with a mixture of instrumental and vocal tracks. The eponymous opener, ‘The Observable Universe’ is a tranquil slice of trip-hop and is ably followed by ‘Adrift’ which offers a […]