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Dummy – EP 2

Dummy’s first EP was something of a triumph as it blended various styles together to create a telling moment. Can they keep it up on their second EP? Why of course they can! EP2, which is mostly home-recorded using freeware and a smartphone, opens with the slow-burning Thursday Morning complete with some lovely effects from … Continue reading

The Sensitive/To Die – Split

The new release from Jakarta based Let’s Kiss a Secret is a split release from The Sensitive and To Die. The former has been mentioned previously on this blog and the post-punk influences found on earlier works have been replaced with a heavy Sarah Records influence. A bit of Field Mice, a bit of Another … Continue reading

The Lemons – Nosher

On their new work Nosher The Lemons have abandoned the mix of twee and the 1960’s inspired garage/surf sound their previous songs were known for. Nosher mixes experimental electronica (the vocals sound like early Devo) alongside side grunge and the odd heavy sounding guitar or two. And you know what? It works. Especially on the … Continue reading

Lightning Bug – The (L​)​onely Ones

The new single from New York’s Lightning Bug is a magical moment for these ears. The Onely Ones mixes dreampop, shoegaze with ambient and experimental music. They then push the boundaries out even further on The Lonely Ones which ventures deeper into ambient territory which includes some “dubby” moments alongside bursts of white noise. There … Continue reading

Hey Elbow – Nurture​/​Aptitude

There are a few bands that operate outside imposed boundaries and constraints – self or otherwise. Of the top of my head, bands such as Haiku Salut, The Leaf Library and more recently Dummy fall into that group. I can now add Swedish band Hey Elbow into that mix. Late to the party as ever … Continue reading

Palm Haze – Walk Away

The new track from Vancouver based Palm Haze revisits David Bernstein’s 80’s-era ballad You Walk Away. Never having heard the original basis of this song I got stuck in. Musically Walk Away is fuzzy, distorted and atmospheric whilst the vocals are restful but sorrowful. As for the original. Nah. I couldn’t be bothered to find … Continue reading

The Sunday Session

Glaswen – Definition Russian band Glaswen recently announced on Facebook they were back from the dead and they have Definition, their first track for almost seven years, to prove it. I guess we can be thankful to lock-down for this noisy shoegaze track which makes that long period of absence almost a blur! Facebook Star​-​Crossed … Continue reading

Dummy – Dummy EP

Dummy, the band led by ex Wildhoney member Joe Trainor, have released their self titled debut EP. It’s a great blend of styles featuring noise pop, shoegaze, fuzzy guitars, drone and ambient not to mention some psychedelic pop. Lead track Angel’s Gear has that in abundance, wowing me back in January and I have been waiting … Continue reading

The Angel Makers – Little Deaths

Little Deaths is one of two EPs released this month by Colchester’s The Angel Makers who have also recently expanded their line up. We were treated to a taster track in the shape of Too Late last month which whetted the appetite. Previously I described the band’s music as shoegaze, psychedelic and melancholic. On this … Continue reading

ищейка – Я опять не могу уснуть

The latest release on Pow! Pop Kids is the debut EP, roughly translated as I Can’t Sleep Again by Isheika, who are based in Saint Petersburg. It was self released digitally by the band back in January but now gets a cassette release via the Ufa based label. It’s a strange one and contains blend … Continue reading

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