"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.
"This almost juvenile attitude towards love and attraction is recurring throughout the most bombastic parts of the album, and it’s the attention to detail with studio bells and whistles that lifts the songs from mere amusements into something multi-dimensional and sparkling."
- I had a go at reviewing the 9th album, Hot Thoughts, by one of my favourite ever bands, Spoon; have a read over on The 405.
"The central theme of the album is about finding your peace and finding your voice and settling into that."
I spoke to the lovely Melina Duterte, aka Jay Som, about her glorious new album Everybody Works. Read the whole thing over at The 405.
"Despite the underlying melancholy throughout, Bonny Doon is by no means a downer of an album, and it’s due to the winning and classic songwriting tropes Bonny Doon have adhered to throughout. It’s the kind of newfound friend that you instantly know is going to become an ally, someone to call on at short-notice, who’ll always join you at the bar and help you work through whatever bullshit you’ve got going on."
- I reviewed the warm and welcoming debut album from Bonny Doon; have a read over on The 405.
"The daily drudgery, surrounded by cold and numbed by alcohol every evening, seeps out from the music into the album cover and title. The roiling, tumbling guitars at play throughout Below The House illustrate the rickety structures Wasluck’s mind inhabits – his house and his body - and we can feel the bones quaking right down to their foundations."
- I reviewed Planning For Burial's beautifully grim new album Below The House over on The 405.
"Sick Scenes is very much a record about being confused and uncertain... it may be our most doomed."
I had a long, amusing, informative and thought-provoking chat with Gareth Campesinos all about Los Campesinos! new album Sick Scenes. Read it over on The 405.
"Part of the purpose of this project was to feel my centre and have it be very attached to my name. It feels like my record and I'm really happy with that."
- I had a great conversation with the Ought lead singer Tim Darcy about his debut solo album Saturday Night. Have a read over on The 405.
"The idea behind the original Rave-Sound-Of-The-Month project was to allow the duo to do something different each month, with no constrictions to try and make all the songs cohesive. It’s quite surprising, or possibly slightly disappointing, that 2016 Atomized actually does flow together like a normal album."
- I had some thoughts about The Raveonettes' album 2016 Atomized, which you can read in my review over on The 405.