Nick Thorburn and Ryan Kattner’s work has always existed in a realm that feels out of step with the current times. When their first collaborative LP as Mister Heavenly, Out of Love, came out in 2011, indie rock’s moment in the sun was arguably on the wane, and that album’s very particular 50s doo-wop inspired aesthetic made it feel like even more of a throwback.
However, the album’s charm was undeniable. The tag team dynamic, which Thorburn and ... read more
Blue Hawaii’s previous album, Untogether, ended with singer, Raphaelle Standell-Preston, letting the listener know: “The other day, I had a beautiful thought: What if I didn’t really care?”
Coming at the end of an album that bristled with anxiety and explored themes of disintegration and disconnection, it felt like a revelatory moment; a glorious letting-go. It turned out to be a turning point. Between then and now, Standell-Preston and her ... read more
Over the past seven years and change, during which he has released five LPs, a handful of EPs, and delivered a slew of features on tracks by a veritable who’s-who list of underground hip hop luminaries, Michael W. Eagle II, aka Open Mike Eagle, has established himself as indie rap’s pre-eminent social critic, a bona fide rap trope deconstructionist, and one of the funniest emcees in the game. On his latest full length, Michael Eagle dials back the quippy humour that has ... read more
Before we get into the meat of this review, some background into my highly personal, emotional investment in the career of Tori Amos. Consider yourselves prewarned: this shit’s about to get self-indulgent.
I am in no way exaggerating when I say that, as a socially awkward, acne-riddled, 13-year-old boy, who attended a single sex school, discovering Tori Amos was a formative experience. At the time, I was heavily into Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails ... read more
On their third full-length effort, and first for Profound Lore Records, Brooklyn-based ambient metal/post-rock instrumental trio, Sannhet, soften up and brighten their sound, resulting in the most arresting album of their career so far.
Oo-wee! I’d better check my sense of humour at the door, because this album is some heavy shit.
Entitled So Numb, and purportedly centred around themes of addiction and affliction, whilst weaving a story of ... read more