Album review: Automatic – Signal

Words by Lady Godiva Automatic hail from the scorching sun of Los Angeles but have no problem portraying the coldness of 1980s Britain. Stepping on this avant-garde three-piece's territory brings instant shivers to the listener from the razor sharp, brooding yet suave atmosphere they create, brimming with sexual tension and cabin fever. Not surprising for … Continue reading Album review: Automatic – Signal

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Haunting Ourselves – A Year In The Country: Straying From The Pathways

Haunting Ourselves - A Year In The Country: Straying From The Pathways Words by Grey Malkin Now almost in its sixth year, the A Year In The Country project (helmed by Stephen Prince) has given birth to numerous hauntological musical excursions on its associated record label, not least on the continuing series of compilation albums that merge … Continue reading Haunting Ourselves – A Year In The Country: Straying From The Pathways

Album review: Modern Nature – How To Live

Words by Lady Godiva Pursuing his musical ventures with familiar companion Will Young (Beak>), Jack Cooper from the former indie rock supergroup Ultimate Painting is back with a more introspective outfit, expanding his canvas with a collection of beguiling sonic tapestries, wrapped in bottomless melancholy. A very fitting autumnal record which insinuates itself into your … Continue reading Album review: Modern Nature – How To Live

Live review: The state51 Conspiracy presents ​​​​A Midsummer Night’s Happening with Ghost Box and Trunk Records

Words by Gareth Thompson American author Justin Hopper once attended a May morning ceremony at Chanctonbury Ring on the Sussex Downs. In his mystic travelogue The Old Weird Albion he wrote, “It was raining, chilly… almost no one was watching. By earthly standards, not a great gig.” Hopper, though, knew this wasn’t the point. The … Continue reading Live review: The state51 Conspiracy presents ​​​​A Midsummer Night’s Happening with Ghost Box and Trunk Records

Album review: Youth Of America – YOA Rising

Words by Grey Malkin Rising from the ashes of the recently and sadly deceased Trembling Bells (one of the finest psych folk bands of recent times), bassist Simon Shaw has assembled erstwhile Bells guitarist and drummer Mike Hastings and Alex Neilson, alongside members of fellow Glaswegian outfits Boss Hogg, Belle And Sebastian and Lucky Luke, … Continue reading Album review: Youth Of America – YOA Rising

Album review: Anton Barbeau – Berliner Grotesk

Words by Gareth Thompson A native son of California, it’s arguably his European influences that have shaped Anton Barbeau’s music the most. Steeped in psych-rock and underground club-tronica, his work blends an unerring ear for melody with a zany eye for poetry. Maybe his finest hour came in 2018 on Natural Causes, a record that … Continue reading Album review: Anton Barbeau – Berliner Grotesk

Live review: MOOF Magazine presents Easter Everywhere, A Psychedelic Easter Sunday Celebration

    Words by Kathleen Savage This year on Easter Sunday, I was fortunate enough to be visited by the white rabbit himself as he lead me deep into the belly of Helgi’s for a night of far-out whimsy with MOOF Magazine. I found no chocolate eggs inside the rabbit hole, but I did find … Continue reading Live review: MOOF Magazine presents Easter Everywhere, A Psychedelic Easter Sunday Celebration

Album review: Nilson – News From Nowhere

Words by Grey Malkin One fine summer morn last August, quite quietly, there slipped out some News From Nowhere. Like an old, hazy photograph stirring a sense of compelling and nostalgic melancholia, or a chance find of a discarded, unlabelled cassette tape from another time and place bringing back some half-forgotten memories, this was welcome … Continue reading Album review: Nilson – News From Nowhere

Album review: The Golden Fleece – Mind Mirror

Words by Lady Godiva In Greek mythology, The Golden Fleece is the fleece of the golden-wooled winged ram, which is a symbol of authority and kingship. It figures in a classic hero's tale in which Jason and his crew of Argonauts set out on a quest. They embark on a sea voyage into an unknown … Continue reading Album review: The Golden Fleece – Mind Mirror

Album review: Jack Hues & The Quartet ft. Syd Arthur – Nobody’s Fault But My Own

  Words by Gareth Thompson Back in 2010, emerging Canterbury psychsters Syd Arthur joined forces one night with hybrid-jazz band Jack Hues And The Quartet. A stone’s throw from Canterbury Cathedral, in the Orange Street Music Club, the two acts played a medley of Soft Machine pieces, rearranged part of a Stravinsky violin concerto, then … Continue reading Album review: Jack Hues & The Quartet ft. Syd Arthur – Nobody’s Fault But My Own