Album review: The Advisory Circle – Full Circle

Words by Grey Malkin The Advisory Circle, AKA Cate Brooks, has been releasing beautiful, sepia-tinted electronic missives for seventeen years now, starting with the influential Mind How You Go EP and progressing onwards via the eerie loveliness of As The Crow Flies to 2018’s multi-layered and cinematic Ways of Seeing. Often utilising or referencing the … Continue reading Album review: The Advisory Circle – Full Circle

EP Review: Sairie – The Cinder Sheet

Album artwork Words by Grey Malkin East Sussex’s Sairie, featuring Emma Morton on vocals/autoharp, Jon Griffin on vocals/guitar and Andy Thomas on bass, have been steadily releasing a series of beautiful and strange singles and EPs, culminating in 2020’s ethereal and haunting The Cherry Tree. Hearkening back to the early 70’s heyday of acid and psychedelic … Continue reading EP Review: Sairie – The Cinder Sheet

Album review: Elkhorn – Distances

Source: Album artwork Words by Grey Malkin NYC/Philadelphia based Elkhorn - Jesse Sheppard and Drew Gardner - are becoming increasingly renowned for their cosmic and widescreen, yet often intimate, guitar symphonies, with their melding of Jack Rose/Robbie Basho style acoustic work with sacred Popol Vuh atmospheres. Previous albums have offered beautiful and sonically adventurous improvisations recorded whilst being … Continue reading Album review: Elkhorn – Distances

Album review: Tim Bernardes – Mil Coisas Invisíveis

Words by Gareth Thompson At a Brazilian music festival in 1966, the audience openly jeered spoony balladeers or complex composers. Sérgio Ricardo was deemed the latter and his number ‘Beto Bom de Bola’ got roundly heckled. Despite the song being critical of Brazil’s dictatorship, its melody and orchestration were too intricate for mass approval. Ricardo … Continue reading Album review: Tim Bernardes – Mil Coisas Invisíveis

Psyched To Meet You: Vinyl Williams

Photo credit: Laura Moreau Interview by Brandon Pestano We discuss origins, inspirations, magic and mysteries with visionary musician and artist Lionel Williams of the Los Angeles based celestial-pop band, Vinyl Williams. Their six studio albums: Lemniscate (2012), Into (2015), Brunei (2016), Opal (2018), Azure (2020) and Cosmopolis (2022) have been described as 'retro-futurism', fusing esoteric themes … Continue reading Psyched To Meet You: Vinyl Williams

Celebrating the Artists behind the Welsh Language Music Scene: Swyn Sain (The Sights of Sain) at Ara Deg

Swyn Sain (The Sights of Sain) handbook front/back cover Words by Melanie Xulu From the 25th to 28th August, music and arts festival Ara Deg takes place at Neuadd Ogwen, a community arts centre in Bethesda, on the edge of Snowdonia in North Wales. Curated by Gruff Rhys, the festival is a celebration of music … Continue reading Celebrating the Artists behind the Welsh Language Music Scene: Swyn Sain (The Sights of Sain) at Ara Deg

Album review: Daisy Rickman – Donsya a’n Loryow

Album artwork Words by Lady Godiva How immersive can a record sleeve be? Gaze into Daisy Rickman's debut album cover and you will get a tantalizing introduction to her work.  A moonlit sky and while the first quarter is watching over her, a fairy like character, is spreading daisies all over like spells.  At further … Continue reading Album review: Daisy Rickman – Donsya a’n Loryow

Album review: Marc Roberts – Ghost Of Clone

Words by Grey Malkin Cardiff’s Marc (Zeuk) Roberts continues his exploration of the wyrd and wonderful corners of both psych folk and baroque pop with Ghost of Clone, an ambitious and highly satisfying book and album pairing that exemplifies Robert’s uniquely creative and distinctive approach. Following on from recent Zeuk missives Crow Spanner and Minutes (where … Continue reading Album review: Marc Roberts – Ghost Of Clone

Tabernacle release new single Siúil A Rún

Single artwork Words by Melanie Xulu San-Franciscan folkies Walker Phillips and Caira Pairvel recently decided to swap out their soft and tender acoustic guitar sound for something much heavier and louder, forming Tabernacle. An outfit once described as "Fairport Convention meets Cream". That's not to say the pair have dismissed their love of folk music … Continue reading Tabernacle release new single Siúil A Rún

Album review: Paul Roland & Mick Crossley – Through The Spectral Gate

Source: album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Paul Roland should need no introduction, his position as a major mover in the underground psych scene from the 1980s onwards led fellow traveller Robyn Hitchcock to describe him as ‘the male Kate Bush’, with barque chamber folk albums such as Cabinet of Curiosities and eclectic psych jewels such … Continue reading Album review: Paul Roland & Mick Crossley – Through The Spectral Gate