Trash Kit's music is woven with silence and punctuation, and this is where the resonant, driving bass of Partington fits in. The bass has become now central to shaping the melody of this new collection of songs. Lyrically the album has edged into an exemplary construct of the personal politic and the profound, quiet, almost unnoticed observations that we all make through each day without realising their true significance.
Those include the lines "we play in tune not touching, we play in time not listening, your music inside my body in my heart and my head! It is an album that forever listens for the next moment and will meet you once more at the vanishing point. Oscillating between flickering indie-rock, off-piste angular mathy stuff and soaring anthemic orchestral. It's a heady and rich affair, and one that only improves with every listen.
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Completely insane, and undeniably brilliant. As with the first SchleiBen series, Emotional Response follows the success of the second set of split releases with a stand-alone album by one of the highlights, in Neil Tolliday. Recorded over a year period, the ambient, drone and noise pieces collected here offer a glimpse in to the depth of a supremely talented, thoughtful and at times, troubled musical mind. As his love for house music and the success of his Nail moniker grew and waned during the ascent 90s boom, there followed his somewhat surprising success as one half of Balearic-pop combo Bent, propelling Tolliday in to a world of indie-charts and endless touring.
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The eventual unhappiness of this 'music career' and increasing need for personal escapism led him start experiment new musical forms of expression. A thinker and oft-over drinker, success was viewed with a deep suspicion and introspection, drug use and later, depression.
As his other music projects slowly imploded, this new, personal music was for many years, made purely for Tolliday's own absorption and comedowns. Taken from an initial 4 track recording in Nottingham in , more pieces were subsequently recorded around the globe on numerous devices - old portable cassette recorders, hand held digital stereos and even mobile phones. These heavily manipulated samples were slowed down, reversed, smudged and stretched before analog and modular patching, Mellotron, editing, programming and post production were added to the melting pot.
With hundreds of tracks collated, in the last few years Tolliday began putting them out via Bandcamp using different aliases, on made up record labels, with no press or mention to anyone.
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Here then is a snapshot of those recordings, chosen to represent the depth of music, while trying not to think too much about in to the emotions that were used in making them. With special hand painted artwork by Sam Purcell, commissioned from the artist's own photographs taken from a adjournment at Homerton hospital, the hope is to do justice to such wonderful music and present Neil Tolliday, finally an artist, shorn of pseudonyms, in a broader light.
This is not one of those, it's a beautifully affecting, hugely emotive suite of skilfully collaged samples and work of spine-tingling majesty. Truly a diamond in the relative rough. Critically acclaimed Japanese indie-pop four piece Taffy return this year with their fifth studio album. The material has honed in on that classic Taffy contrast which is musically light but delves into dark places vocally. In tone it feels softer, but effortlessly dips into tracks such as 'The Bates', based on Psycho's infamous lead and his sinister relationship with his mother.
At its heart, it's a record about love.
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Whether it's new, old, romantic or platonic, it's about love for the people and things around you, both a love-letter to their fans, as well as a deeply personal insight into romance. It's a mix I would never have expected to sound this good, but I have never been more wrong, and I am often wrong. Mark Mulcahy The Gus Mezzotint. Both Miracle Legion and Polaris have reunited in recent years to tour and will likely do it again.
As a member of the group Twerps, McFarlane has traversed guitar-centric, melodic pop music for some years while honing a highly unique, personal musical language. Wheezing into view with a troubled reed instrument set against a s of whoozy synth lines, Human Tissue Act is a foggy curtain the listener is invited to peel back. The dissonant notes are left to dance entwined, with clarinet heralding a Harry Partch-esque mallet percussion interlude. With no resolution in sight, an audience dragged closer into uncertainty is suddenly drenched with the light of inter-weaving wah wah synth and saxophone.
What Has He Bought begins with a Casio-keyboard rhythm pattern, palm-muted guitars and immaculately enunciated vocal give way to a burnt melodica part that elevates the spirits. Simple patterns repeated, like a well-tempered pop song that does what it needs to do and no more, build into the sound of summer leaking orange juice. Words want to hold on to the people they contain. Through out Ta Da, McFarlane plays with counterpoint and contrast to sometimes delirious effect. On Your Torturer, a simple, upbeat chord progression is hard panned, underpinning a flute solo which seems out of place, hence making it completely in place on this warmly surreal album.
The vocal drifts away into the sunset, simple and direct. It leaves the listener slightly confused, perhaps, but grateful for the gentle surprise. The Soft Cavalry. What is it? A happy accident? A crisis of faith?
Melodic and timeless, the album lands in the atmospheric dimensions between Pink Floyd, Talk Talk and Mansun. A record radiating midlife crisis but equally enormous elation; a helix of fear and hope, aching for resolution. The Soft Cavalry is also that rarity: a musical project that began life on an industrial site in Reading. In , Steve was stuck.
His new assignees were reformed Home Counties faves Slowdive. A year later, they were living together in Devon, before marrying in But as Steve opened up, the past began to seep in; years of frustration, anxiety and confusion. Inevitably they did.
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When I was nine, we moved to Amsterdam where they ran a rehab centre - as you do! We lived on the top floor of an old Dutch building with recovering heroin addicts living below us. From a young age, I saw what life was like for others. While other relationships were falling apart. And I already had a son. Things were complicated. With the right mentality and people around you, especially family, we get through, and find a level of hope.
She says my songs can still work without sections of words, that leaving spaces is OK. We evolved things by trying out ideas. After he and Rachel finished their album, Steve found a name for it, out of thin air: The Soft Cavalry. It would be subconscious, but that makes sense too, strangely. Properly lovely. Those spooky soundtrack specialists at Lakeshore are at it again, giving us the first ever vinyl pressing of the 'Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth' OST, on a chilling smoke and blood red transparent vinyl no less. Composed by Randy Miller library and soundtrack composer, not X-rated relation of Windy If you bagged a copy of that introductory single if you didn't then think on , you'll be delighted to know this long player is the natural evolution of that humid white funk sound, providing soulful echoed vocals, dancing guitar rhythms and cosmic synth jams for days!
Inspired by everything from Bollywood disco to Nigerian boogie, with a twist of funk from the east Oslo suburbs Leoparden's LP debut is a dreamy and freaky lo-fi affair, and it's a delight on the Piccadilly player this afternoon. This album was recorded at Larkins' landmark hometown show to rapturous fans. It felt like everything we had done so far as a band had kind of led to this moment. This tour has showed us what it means to be a part of this band and to finish at home was perfect.
Eiger Drums Propaganda strikes back on Macadam Mambo with a second opus! She challenged herself with exploring more complex emotions and subjects for this album, which is more than a collection of love songs, as she explains: "With so much happening in our world today, I feel incomplete telling only love stories.
I want to give people inspirational tools that work like fuel. Songs that can make one hop out of a bad and complicated situation in order to move on and up with confidence. Break combines these diverse influences in a very distinct sound. You can take the artist out of the underground, but you cannot take the underground out of the artist.
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As she is playing big stages more frequently than gritty basement clubs, Catnapp tackles the beautiful contradictions of going her own way. Next up is "The Mover" featuring Modeselektor, a slow burning, bass-heavy song about standing up for yourself and showing strength. Catnapp has been compared to electroclash artists like Peaches, her blend of modern rap and electronics may also evoke likeminded artist Tommy Genesis. Break is no less than her most accomplished musical statement to date.
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