Distorted Reality – BRANDISNT (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There’s a point where the likes of rap and hip-hop sounds tip over a creative cliff and land in a place which has more to do with conceptual art than anything as conformist as mere song. Distorted Reality is a great example of that idea. Although it retains some of the beats and lyrical style,... Continue Reading →

Sarah Pagé releases Lithium Taper ahead of new album

Montreal-based experimental harpist Sarah Pagé video for "Lithium Taper" is a long rolling shot across a beautiful stark landscape, directed by experimental filmmaker Kyoka Tsukamoto. You may have heard Pagé with folk rockers The Barr Brothers, or her collaborations with wide ranging artists such as Lhasa de Sela, Nadah El Shazly, Joni Void, and chamber rock group Esmerine. Dose Curves... Continue Reading →

Foxing begin UK tour in support of new album

Created over the course of nearly three years, 'Nearer My God' was produced in St. Louis and Montreal by Walla and Hudson, with additional help from Joe Reinhart (Hop Along, Modern Baseball). It’s an apocalyptic melodrama about control in a world that really, really feels like it’s falling apart. Expertly-executed by vocalist Conor Murphy, guitarists... Continue Reading →

Afloat – The NJE (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Even on paper, The NJE, standing for Near Jazz Experience, is a fascinating concept. Horn led, jazz infused, pop/rock instrumentals, largely unrehearsed and improvised but built on some solid yet supple underlying grooves. But jazz for the purist this isn’t, unless that particular purist also has a hankering for strange proto-Krautrock meets Motown grooves, skittering... Continue Reading →

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