A Place to Dwell: Folk Musicians Support Southend YMCA

  Words by Grey Malkin Now this is something very special indeed. A compilation of some of the main players in the current folk and wyrd/psych scenes curated by Diana Collier, whose name should be familiar to any aficionados of her previous band, the excellent The Owl Service. Put together in aid of Southend YMCA … Continue reading A Place to Dwell: Folk Musicians Support Southend YMCA

Album review: Drinks – Hippo Lite

Words by Gareth Thompson St Hippolyte Du Fort in southern France lies almost due north of Montpellier. (Hippo Lite… you get it?) Trace a line south-east from there and you’ll land in Aix-en-Provence, where Nick Drake spent some of his happier times, smoking and busking. Drake once recorded with the French chanteuse Françoise Hardy, though … Continue reading Album review: Drinks – Hippo Lite

Album review: Minami Deutsch – With Dim Light

    Words by Dane Harrison With dim light, dawn treading, where one sees only the main elements and movements, shapes of form you follow with intent, but beneath the surface, twirling and turning is the body, pulling the main rotaries. The electric veins dancing on the silhouetted back bone of the dim light. This, … Continue reading Album review: Minami Deutsch – With Dim Light

EP review: Wax Machine – The This

Words by Ava Pearl It's definitely a treat to report on such an interesting group like Brighton-based band, Wax Machine. As of the release of their latest EP, 'The This', there are seven members in the group, though the lineup is flexible. Currently there is Freddie on vocals, sax and synth, Izzi on vocals and flute, … Continue reading EP review: Wax Machine – The This

Album review: Love Machine – Times To Come

Words by Dane Harrison Love Machine are on a mission to spread the word of LOVE to the world and beyond on their sun-soaked procession of peace. ‘Times to come’ the third record from the eternal groovers, released earlier this month on Unique Records, is an airy, gently paced swinger leading you from the sunken-kraut-rock … Continue reading Album review: Love Machine – Times To Come

Album review: Beautify Junkyards – The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards

Words by Kathleen Savage Acid-tinged six-piece, Beautify Junkyards, are set to release their third album, 'The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards', this Friday 9th March on Ghost Box Records. Led by João Branco Kyron on vocals and keyboards, Rita Vian on vocals and synth, João Moreira on acoustic guitar and synth, Sergue Ra on bass, Antonio Watts on drums, … Continue reading Album review: Beautify Junkyards – The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards

Album review: Twink – Think Pink III

In the decades that follow an artist’s introduction into the musical world, it is not an easy task to remain exceptionally adept when it comes to making songs. More often than not, it can be a struggle to listen to an artist’s creation that has been made generations after they initially rose to fame. However, Twink … Continue reading Album review: Twink – Think Pink III

Jack Hopkin’s Curiosity Shoppe, No. 12

“Jack Hopkin’s Curiosity Shoppe is a bucolic place populated by gnomes and faeries, stocked with musky muskets and antiquated leather bound volumes in ancient tongues. A village green with a resident town crier (yours truly) shouting old news over the clopping cobbled streets. In other words, a column dedicated to recommendations from the peak of the … Continue reading Jack Hopkin’s Curiosity Shoppe, No. 12

Album review: Lake Ruth – Birds of America

Words by Gareth Thompson Lake Ruth aren’t the first band to evoke those neon nights when our need for affection, or connection, grips deepest. But this New York act, formed in 2015 by Hewson Chen, lends its own twist to rock’s long and heartsore history. Key to their sound is vocalist Allison Brice, whose giddy … Continue reading Album review: Lake Ruth – Birds of America

Read Your Book And Lose Yourself… ‘You Know What You Could Be: Tuning Into The 1960s’

Renowned psychedelic historian and fervent Stringhead, Andy Roberts, reviews 'You Know What You Could Be: Tuning Into The 1960s' by Mike Heron & Andrew Greig... Words by Andy Roberts The Incredible String Band were, I’d suggest, unarguably, the Ur-psychedelic folk band. Following Robin Williamson’s sojourn in Morocco and Clive Palmer’s overland odyssey to Afghanistan in 1965, … Continue reading Read Your Book And Lose Yourself… ‘You Know What You Could Be: Tuning Into The 1960s’