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  • Sula Bassana – ‘Shipwrecked’

    photo by Clemens Mitscher Sula Bassana returns from the hyper-spatial outer rim, bearing gifts of otherworldly electronic krautrock. Continuing the trance explorations of 2010’s, ‘Kosmonauts’ space odyssey, this album envisages a marooned space mariner, whom fortune has smiled upon, bestowing ‘Shipwrecked’ as a soundtrack on infinite loop. ‘Moonbase Alpha Alpha’, conjures the epic sci-fi fave…

  • Magic Shoppe – ‘Interstellar Car Crash E.P.’

    photo by Samuel D. Quinn I’m sitting here listening to Magic Shoppe‘s, ‘Interstellar Car Crash E.P.’ for the umpteenth time, with a big, shit-eating grin on my face, It’s all I can do to remain sitting, such is the electrifying, soul shaking rapture. Thank fuck for chance encounters via social media, the band followed me…

  • Album Review: The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol – ‘Live 2010 Dominion Tavern’

    The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol, will need little in the way of introduction to regular readers of chromaticism. For those of you who have somehow managed to slip through the cracks, or have been living in a cave, TBWNIAS – comprising, John Westhaver, Bill Guerrero, Nathaniel Hurlow, Jason Vaughan, Dave Reford, Miche Jette, and…

  • EP Review: Steven McNamara – ‘Wake Up Lie Down’

    Every now and again you are confronted with the unwelcome news, that a band you have come to cherish and respect, have decided to call it a day. Such was the case recently with Formes – I had been eagerly awaiting a vinyl release date for their debut album ‘Dysphoria Part 1‘, only to be…

  • EP Review: Aarktica – ‘Ceremony’

    Photo by Rick Mendoza ‘Ceremony’ gives aural substance to Jon DeRosa’s shamanic immersion, in the devotional rites of Ayahuasca and Huachuma. I felt a certain sense of exhilaration, when Roberto at Fnord Tapes contacted me regarding this latest release, under Jon’s guise as Aarktica. Just last year, I read one of the most profound, life…

  • Interview: Radar Men From The Moon

    As a prelude to inclusion in the forthcoming issue of Optical Sounds Fanzine, as well as a precursor to my getting to witness these guys at least twice in the coming months, I caught up with Tony and Glenn from Radar Men From The Moon for a flavour of what makes them tick… Tell me…

  • Album Review: White Spot – ‘I Had The Best For A Little While’

    White Spot is the current epicentre, of one man music meister Marcus Lemoine. Hailing from Mansura, Louisiana – the self proclaimed Cochon de Lait capital of the world, White Spot is a rare Cajun delicacy embodying, “A genre bending, noise induced movement filled with structured chaos containing elements of noise rock, mathcore, grind and sludge”. White…

  • New Release: The Third Sound featuring Tess Parks – ‘You Are Not Here’

    It is strangely fitting that this sombre Berlin ballad, should find itself among us in the ‘Low’ of Bowie’s final ascent. Iconic city and performer, “forever and ever” ingrained on our collective psyche. The prophetically titled, ‘You Are Not Here’, a duet by Hakon Aðalsteinsson and Tess Parks, comes from The Third Sound’s third album, ‘Gospels of…

  • Film/EP Review: Peacock Farm – ‘We didn’t catch you in watercolour’

    The other day, I received an email from Swedish shamans Peacock Farm, which read, “Peacock Farm recently went to Nacksving Gussjö Studios in the dark forrest of Västmanland, Sweden, to record a live session. It was recorded by Marcus Cederlöf and filmed by Adam Toner and resulted in a short live film called We didn’t catch…

  • Interview: Hermann Blaupunkt / Het Droste Effect

    I recently reviewed the new Het Droste Effect album ‘Soar’, which you can read here. Het Droste Effect were one of the “gateway drugs”, in my personal epiphany with the resurgence of independent, experimental, underground psychedelia. I caught up with ‘Hermann Blaupunkt’ from the band, for the low-down on all things Het Droste Effect… Can…

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