Chihei Hatakeyama – Void XX

Chihei Hatakeyama drones paint canvas’ with just about every colour you could imagine. A full platter of sound, swirling a full array of ambience speckled with everything. Like a child’s early artworks where the idea of splatting the entire rainbow came before actually painting something, his landscapes are constant and thick and free. Although this … Continue reading Chihei Hatakeyama – Void XX

The 25 Least-Regrettable Causes for Ry’s Accelerating Tinnitus in 2018

In a phenomenal year for music, picking the best 25 projects seemed a lot harder than it needed to be. 2018 brought textures that pierced and soothed, rocked and mangled, the avant-garde side of things becoming a real force to be reckoned with and the underground knocked heads with the mainstream in beautiful ways.It's a … Continue reading The 25 Least-Regrettable Causes for Ry’s Accelerating Tinnitus in 2018

Haley Heynderickx – I Need to Start a Garden

As bittersweet as realising you’ve spelt her last name incorrectly for about the 15th time, Haley Heynderickx’s debut is as hopeful as it is inwardly existential. I Need to Start a Garden is driven by her confidently soft voice and peculiar guitar passages fraught with techniques that entwine traditional American primitivism, signaling an impressive sense … Continue reading Haley Heynderickx – I Need to Start a Garden

The Body – I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer

An absolutely filthy album, guaranteed to make you feel guilty of ever laughing, smiling, or being happy and encouraging you to feel like complete shit in the most phenomenal way possible. Portland band, The Body, seem to have been unhappy and angry since their sludgy introduction in 2004, and have continued to layer drone, noise, … Continue reading The Body – I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer

Pink Navel – raw navel

Abstract variations of droney instrumentals mix with outsider beats and introspective slam-poetry style rapping on Pink Navel's most personal release yet. Polished, synth-driven production slither between melancholic themes, illustrating bittersweet tones whilst his sometimes robotically-delivered lyrics portray an awkwardly depressive persona. As highlighted in the alarmingly casual spilling of, “I just want to kill myself … Continue reading Pink Navel – raw navel

Porches – The House

Once a lo-fi indie band, Porches return with a second dip into the synthpop aesthetic following 2016’s Pool, which too is enveloped in wavy synths, tasteful autotune and sparkling house-esque production. Aaron Maine's beautifully innocent and honestly unspectacular voice adds to what makes Porches one of my favourite contemporary bands, where simple lyrical content slides … Continue reading Porches – The House