[Album Review] Gift Wrap – Losing Count

Gift Wrap is the new solo project from Brendon Avalos of the Brooklyn-based punk band, B Boys. While the B Boys sees Avalos drawing influence from the near in-exhaustible canon of punk, Gift Wrap is a love letter to the 1980s-industrial England. “Losing Count” largely taking its inspiration from early Mute Records artists like FadContinue reading “[Album Review] Gift Wrap – Losing Count”

[Album Review] Mouse on Mars – Dimensional People

Mouse on Mars’ Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner return with one of the most welcomed, and surprisingly innovative comeback albums of recent memory. Originally entitled ‘New Konstruktivist Socialism’, ‘Dimensional People’ employs a wide cast of collaborators including Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Zach Condon (Beirut), and Bryce Dessner (The National). Perhaps ‘New Konstruktivist Socialism’ wouldContinue reading “[Album Review] Mouse on Mars – Dimensional People”

[Album Review] NSRD – The Workshop for the Restoration of Unfelt Feelings

It is difficult to find much reliable information about NSRD, or Nebijušu Sajūtu Restaurēšanas Darbnīca, in English – there’s a short article on Wikipedia and an even shorter press release on their Bandcamp page. Anything else online about them is in forgotten corners of the internet, and in Latvian. However, what can be deciphered suggestsContinue reading “[Album Review] NSRD – The Workshop for the Restoration of Unfelt Feelings”

[Album Review] Laraaji – Vision Songs Vol. 1

In new age and ambient circles, it is, quite rightly, almost impossible to avoid mention of Laraaji, from his solo output to the Brian Eno-commissioned Ambient 3: Day Of Radiance. As such, Vision Songs Vol. 1 is an unusual work. An album of sedative songs fading between each other, it feels more like a notebook than an albumContinue reading “[Album Review] Laraaji – Vision Songs Vol. 1”

[Album Review] Nils Frahm – All Melody

2011’s Felt was created when, Frahm glued dampening felt to the hammers of his piano, to avoid annoying his neighbours when recording late at night. Whereas Screws was written and recorded when Frahm had a broken thumb – music composed for nine fingers. Frahm’s new album, All Melody, came into being when he was offeredContinue reading “[Album Review] Nils Frahm – All Melody”

[Album Review] Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto – Glass

Both Alva Noto (Carsten Nicolai) and Ryuichi Sakamoto seem to be on a trajectory of increasing success. From a sound track for the Golden Globe and Academy Award winning The Revenant to their recent critically acclaimed works, both solo and in collaboration, the two are showing no desire to stop anytime soon. The duo released fiveContinue reading “[Album Review] Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto – Glass”

[Album Review] East Man – Red, White & Zero

East Man is the new project from Anthony Hart. His most recognised work prior to this, under the name Basic Rhythm, decimated jungle, grime and garage, distilling them into a new, fundamentally wonky sound. While Basic Rhythm’s production on albums like, Raw Trax and The Basics, showed a restrained inclination of grime-styled production, Red, WhiteContinue reading “[Album Review] East Man – Red, White & Zero”

Taylor Swift Puts Her Reputation At Risk With Expensive Tickets

Taylor Swift’s new album Reputation was released on the 10 November 2017 much to the delight of her avid fan base. It went to number one in its first week, selling 1.2 million copies, slightly less than her last album 1989 which sold 1.3 million copies. Although, it’s not yet available on Spotify or anyContinue reading “Taylor Swift Puts Her Reputation At Risk With Expensive Tickets”