I had a lovely chat with Berlin-based Scotsman Claude Speeed all about the weird and wonderful elements and influences at play on his brilliant and experiential new album Infinity Ultra. Read up over on The 405.
We made a second episode of our podcast! This adheres to what will be our normal structure; discussing recent news, recent album releases, some articles we liked, and delving back to a retrospective look at an older album. This episode we discussed Vince Staples, Jay-Z, Broken Social Scene and looked back at Arcade Fire's Neon Bible. Listen below and head to The 405 to get the links to the things we talk about and the full credits of the clips used.
- Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic has re-emerged as Art Feynman; read my review of his album Blast Off Through The Wicker over on The 405.
I started a podcast with my friend/colleague Kieran Devlin on The 405. It's all about music (obviously). In the first episode we discussed our favourite releases of the year so far. Listen below, and make sure to subscribe. More details about the clips used can be found on The 405.
"One of Slowdive’s trademark features is their way to make large, hulking songs sound weightless, giving the listener themselves easier access into imaginary flight, slow-motion memories or fantastical reveries. On Slowdive there are moments when they create this inter-galactic grace as well as they ever have, but sometimes their desire to reinstate their ethereal prowess can seem a little prescriptive."
-I had a go at reviewing the self-titled comeback album from beloved shoegaze gods Slowdive; my full review can be read over on The 405.
"The deeper into the song we seem to get, the higher we’re climbing; Stetson’s quietly clicking keys telling us of even tougher topography, while the strained voice could be just the wind in our ears, or could be one of the wolves signalling to its pack that there’s a lost wanderer in their midst that looks like dinner. By the time Stetson’s keys are clomping like an actual percussionist, and the wolves are howling in unison, bearing down on you, you know it’s time to turn tail and run, with Stetson’s clamouring amalgamation of noise nipping at your behind all the way to relative safety."
- I wrote a very impressionistic review of virtuoso sax player Colin Stetson's latest release, All This I Do For Glory; have a read over on The 405.
"It’s A Myth finds Moolchan further perfecting the simplistic concoction of bass, beats, lyrics and passive voice, which results in something delightfully easy to take in – especially as this 10 track album doesn’t even reach 20 minutes. It displays an artist full of confidence in her work, and comfortable doing her own thing."
- One of the most underrated album of the year is Sneaks' first album for Merge, It's A Myth; have a read of my thoughts on it over on The 405.