tinymusiccritic
tinymusiccritic
Walthamstow, London, UK

Recent Reviews

Feb 8, 2019
77
On ‘Sleeping Volcanoes’, the first advance single from Tip of the Sphere, Cass McCombs tells it like it is whilst sounding uncannily like Sultans of Swing-era Mark Knopfler:

“Help us, Armageddon
[...]
We’re over it!”

It’s a prescient sentiment from a man who has always made a point of being out of step with the zeitgeist. Then again, misanthropy is timeless, right? We’ve always deserved to die. Sometimes we just deserve it a little bit more. And now ... read more
Feb 6, 2019
87
I've got a real weakness for this kind of stuff. Post-Metal with a Black Metal inflection, this is like last year's excellent Trna album, Earthcult, but more vicious and with vocals (no surprise the two bands share a member, and hail from the same fertile St Petersburg metal scene). Should be catnip for Deafheaven fans who wish OCHL wasn't so soft and filled with cheesy classic metal guitar licks.

Four tracks in 40 minutes that are each distinctly memorable, veering between passages of ... read more
Jan 22, 2019
86
My most listened to album of the year so far.

That may be because I've had a lot of writing to do and there's no better accompaniment than some rousing post-rock, but honestly, this deserves to find a lot of love.

Beautiful, crushing, triumphant and melancholic.

FFO: Explosions in the Sky, Russian Circles, Sannhet
Nov 23, 2018
67
I must have watched my VHS copy of 1994's Vieuphoria dozens of times in my teens. A compilation of live performances (concert and TV), unplugged sessions, and goofy oddities that presented the band as a happy family unit at odds with reports of stifling dysfunction. The companion CD, Earphoria, is just the music minus the visuals. There are some great live performances here, including a guitar heavy rework of Disarm, an extended 'Silverfuck' with an interpolation of 'Somewhere over the ... read more
Nov 23, 2018
100
Fool enough to almost be it
And cool enough to not quite see it
And old enough to always feel this
Always old, I’ll always feel this
No more promise, no more sorrow
No longer will I follow
Can anybody hear me?
I just want to be me
~ Mayonaise
Teenage angst doesn't get more iconic

I'll admit it: my faculties as a music critic are rendered powerless as soon as that drum roll intro to Cherub Rock kicks in. 1993's Siamese Dream is a formative album for me. It's so intrinsically tied in with ... read more
Feb 11, 2019
found an interesting Drone Metal record at my local music shoppe, not sure if you're into that sort of thing, but the atmosphere on these two tracks is pretty dope

https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/139661-dull-knife-dull-knife.php
Feb 11, 2019
Thanks for adding the somn record to the site! Wouldnt have been able to find such a gem without ya!
Sep 16, 2017
Thanks so much!
Sep 10, 2017
So you've heard the Protomartyr - Relatives in Descent album?
If so, tell me more please ^^
Sep 12, 2015
Finally you are back, I remember you left your Tumblr page.
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