Max Richter’s ground breaking 8 hour sleep-a-long opus offers a sonic resting space for the New Year

For someone whose self professed favourite activity is sleeping, it is hardly surprising that Max Richter went the length of working with neuroscientist David Eagleman  to create an album that is ‘a person lullaby for a frenetic world’. The 8 hour composition was crafted for playing during sleep, taking natural sleep cycles into consideration, intending…

We head to The Facemelter 2015 finale by Chaos Theory – Vodun, Casual Nun + The Day of Locusts

  As the raging wind beat against the masses of crowd descending upon the ‘hard rock’ district of London; deep in its heart the unmistakable crash of cymbals could be heard signalling The Facemelter 2015 finale , at the infamous Our Black Heart, Camden. First up were Vodun – with their masterful fusion of tribal, psychedelic metal, infused with elements…

Björk’s raw, direct and ‘frankly brilliant’ ‘Vulnicura’ is also Rough Trade’s Album of the Year

Produced by Arca, and The Haxan Cloak, Vulnicura, according to Icelandic sonic pioneer Björk (whose website is definitely worth a check in), is an ode to the emotions experienced before and after a breakup, and the healing process that inevitably takes place. This explains the spacious opening track ‘Stonemilker’, which explores sombre string arrangements blooming amongst the minimalist…

Stuart Lee curates ATP 2.0 Wales 2016 – more acts announced

Stuart Lee’s curating a festival in Wales next July dontcha know? ATP 2.0 Wales Pontins in Prestatyn, North Wales 1-3 July 2016 tickets here Here’s an update on July’s event Ordinarily overseen by musicians, 2016’s All Tomorrow’s Parties line-up is hand-picked by acclaimed comedian, writer and renowned music enthusiast Stewart Lee, who joins the few…

Alarmist’s much anticipated debut ‘Popular Demain’ is a ‘genre bending groove fest’

Following the critical acclaim of ‘Pal Magnet’, Alarmist have released their most experimental and extravagant work to date in the shape of debut LP ‘Popular Demain’. From the word ‘Go’ it’s an onslaught of intricately layered harmonies fuelled by an energy that never fades; overwhelming the listener with mind bending transitions and breath taking sounds.…

We chat to Abbey Road producer Alan Parsons on his work with Beatles and Pink Floyd – ‘I can sometimes be literally reduced to tears’

Tash Fry and photographer Jamie Brown visited Abbey Road this month for a special ‘Sleeve Notes’ event with Alan Parsons, then met up with him afterwards for a chat. Here’s how it went – I didn’t say it in the talks today, but when I first heard the Sgt. Pepper album, and ‘She’s Leaving Home’ came…

Hear Pet Sun ‘Dark Planet’ – single reveals new sonic stylings for upcoming ‘Shade Driver’ EP

In anticipation of new EP ‘Shade Driver’, Canadian psych-rock band Pet Sun have released an insidious insight to a different style. The group has had relative success with previous fast-paced work such as ‘Feel Like I’m Going Away’ and ‘Gimme Your Soul’, but have decided to slow things down with ‘Dark Planet’. This song practically creates…

Book Review – Chickens use Jack Chuter’s ‘Storm, Static, Sleep: A Pathway Through Post-Rock’ to ‘plot a scenic route through sound’

Storm, Static, Sleep: A Pathway Through Post-Rock (book) Author: Jack Chuter Released 30th November 2015 (Function Books) get your copy here “After reading this book, I hope the term ‘post-rock’ gets stuck in your throat the next time you use it, even if just for a moment. Think about the semantic cluster bomb you’re about…