Album review: Justin Hopper and Sharron Kraus – Swift Wings

Words by Grey Malkin Sharron Kraus is well established as one of the UK’s most fascinating and endlessly creative psych folk artists, from her solo work to that with Meg Baird and Helena Espvall of Espers, as Rusalnaia with Ex Reverie’s Gillian Chadwick, and with Tara Burke (Fursaxa) as Tau Emerald. She also recently published … Continue reading Album review: Justin Hopper and Sharron Kraus – Swift Wings

‘I became much more alive with motherhood’, Melody’s Echo Chamber on Emotional Eternal

Image credit: Diane Sagnier Melanie Xulu chats to Melody's Echo Chamber ahead of the release of her third album, Emotional Eternal. MOOF: How does this record differ to your previous two? Melody Prochet: I think it's different because it's arisen from the echoes of silence. I've been sitting in silence, not playing or listening to … Continue reading ‘I became much more alive with motherhood’, Melody’s Echo Chamber on Emotional Eternal

Album review: Zeuk – Minutes

Words by Grey Malkin Zeuk, aka Cardiff based psychedelic poet and musician Marc Roberts, has been pursuing a highly creative and boldly singular vision since 2013’s debut Zeuk on the Reverb Worship label. A melding of hushed, alluring acid folk and dark Peter Hammill-like emotive power, the album immediately announced Roberts as a cornerstone of … Continue reading Album review: Zeuk – Minutes

Album review: Sophia Djebel Rose – Métempsycose 

Words by Grey Malkin Operating from out of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France, the work of Sophia Djebel Rose offers a trip down a darkly psychedelic path, one of chanson laced folk replete with odd shadows, thorns and moments of startling beauty. With echoes of Buffy Saint Marie, Leonard Cohen, Low and Anna Von Hausswolff, Djebel Rose’s debut solo album, … Continue reading Album review: Sophia Djebel Rose – Métempsycose 

Album review: Matt Berry – Gather Up (Box Set)

Words by Elvis Thirlwell A work ethic nothing short of remarkable has enabled Matt Berry to forge a musical career every bit as prolific and successful as his acting one. Aside from writing and performing in numerous TV comedies - Snuff Box, The I.T Crowd, Toast of London (the list goes on), Berry has accrued … Continue reading Album review: Matt Berry – Gather Up (Box Set)

Album review: Vanishing Twin – Ookii Gekkou

Album artwork by Nicola Giunta Words by Alexandra Mason A mind melting blend of multiple genres into one intergalactic soundscape, Ookii Gekkou is the latest release from London-based experimental band Vanishing Twin.  After forming in 2015 through a mutual love of unusual instruments and vintage vinyl, Vanishing Twin set out to achieve a synaesthetic approach … Continue reading Album review: Vanishing Twin – Ookii Gekkou

EP review: Black Cat Revue – The Ballad of Django & Fuzz

Words by Lady Godiva Beware, an earth tremor of epic magnitude has come to shake our planet, hail Black Cat Revue! Back with their new EP The Ballad of Django & Fuzz, these hell raisers emerge from another dimension to feast on our mere mortals' ears.  In its human form, this four-piece is based in … Continue reading EP review: Black Cat Revue – The Ballad of Django & Fuzz

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: 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