Album review: Hill – Metaflections

Words by Grey Malkin Hill, Brighton based Pete Piskov's avant-psych project, have been issuing some of the most inventive and creatively free music upon the underground since their eponymously titled debut in 2016. Several missives have followed; not least 2020's 'Into Outta This World' and its sister release 'Into This Outer World', which saw Hill … Continue reading Album review: Hill – Metaflections

Album review: Joe James Boyle – Abraham Smoothe

Words by Lady Godiva Joe James Boyle has beget a fictional double based in the wild west, his name is AbrahamSmoothe. He is the ultimate outlaw who checks all the boxes: loner, gunslinger, fugitive, whiskey addicted chain drinker, his heart bleeds with resentment and revenge. The record opens with "The Ballad of Abraham Smoothe", with … Continue reading Album review: Joe James Boyle – Abraham Smoothe

EP Review: Premium Leisure – Easy FM

Source: album artwork Words by Alexandra Rose Easy FM is the latest release from Premium Leisure, the brainchild of Willie J Healey guitarist Chris Barker. Overflowing with good vibrations designed to soothe restless souls this 4 track EP brims with the optimism of balmy summer evenings and cloudless skies while generously sharing with the listener … Continue reading EP Review: Premium Leisure – Easy FM

Band to watch: Melin Melyn

Words by Melanie Xulu Welsh wizards Melin Melyn have caught our attention with their eye-catching artwork and Gorky's-esque neo-psych and folk sounds. Switching frequently from Welsh to English (sometimes mid-song) their tracks are filled with oddball humour and general charming nonsense... in that effortless Syd Barrett way. Melin Melyn are quickly gaining momentum as a … Continue reading Band to watch: Melin Melyn

Album review: Great Silkie – Dawn Chorus

Source: album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Great Silkie, from London, have stirred the waters of pastoral psych folk with their initial singles 'Scared To be Alone' and 'So Many Hours', and now return to crest the wave that debut album 'Dawn Chorus' will surely create. Written in near solitude within the countryside by singer and … Continue reading Album review: Great Silkie – Dawn Chorus

Album review: Big Hogg – Pageant of Beasts

Album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Glasgow's Big Hogg have become a beloved and recognisable fixture on that city's music scene, regularly collaborating with local fellow travellers such as members of the much missed Trembling Bells, as well as with visiting luminaries such as Ex Reverie (the band recently backed Gillian Chadwick on her and Julia … Continue reading Album review: Big Hogg – Pageant of Beasts

Album review: The Cleaners From Venus – Penny Novelettes

Album artwork Words by Alexandra Rose ‘Penny Novelettes’ is the brand new release and latest jewel to add to the crown of The Cleaners From Venus, aka Martin Newell, whose timeless tales of provincial life, love and all points in between have firmly established his work in the great tradition of English singer-songwriters.  Drawing on … Continue reading Album review: The Cleaners From Venus – Penny Novelettes

EP review: The Owl Service – Rise Up Rise Up

Album artwork Words by Grey Malkin The Owl Service initially came to attention via a series of mostly self-released EPs throughout 2006 and 2007, each highlighting not only their love of rustic or psychotropic horror films such as Blood On Satan's Claw and Psychomania, but also their masterful and intuitive ability to capture a psychedelically hued folk rock … Continue reading EP review: The Owl Service – Rise Up Rise Up

Album review: Moongazing Hare – The Middle Distance

Source: album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Moongazing Hare, the public persona of musician and artist David Folkmann Drost, has been working on the fringes of intimate and experimental psych folk for several years now, to both significant acclaim and accomplishment. Collaborating at times with fellow like-minded travellers such as Trappist Afterland and United Bible … Continue reading Album review: Moongazing Hare – The Middle Distance

Album review: Rokurokubi – Iris, Flower of Violence

Album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Brighton based psychedelic folk duo Rokurokubi (Rose and Edmund) first emerged in 2019, as if out of the pages of a copy of Perrault’s 'Fairy Tales', or from somewhere deep within Lewis Carrol’s imagination, with their debut recording ‘Saturn in Pisces’. An elaborately adorned, paisley patterned masterclass in wyrd … Continue reading Album review: Rokurokubi – Iris, Flower of Violence