Issue 78

Luke Temple- Don’t Act Like You Don’t Care

They really don’t make them like they used to - or at least, no one but Luke Temple does...

Help Stamp Out Loneliness - Help Stamp Out Loneliness

Help Stamp Out Loneliness is one of those rare collections of songs where there is always more to discover.

Grumbling Fur - Furrier

a messy soundscape that basically throws the kitchen sink at the Noble Edifice of Krautrock and gets away with its minor act of cultural vandalism

Mamiffer – Mare Decendrii

Rather like an immense slow-moving river, with hidden currents and eddies, the album plots its patient, primeval course oblivious to the bystanders on the banks.

Pechenga – Helt Borte

The music is incredibly evocative of frozen wastes and landscapes where nearly nobody lives in

Waters – Out In the Light

And for all its trad-rockisms, the album’s got a fair bit of personality and presence about it, a rare commodity in these anaemic, academic times.

Biosphere - N Plants

This isn’t an academic, or chinstroker’s record by any means: you don’t need a degree to enjoy the lovely melodies floating around

Robots in Disguise – Happiness v Sadness

I bet the temptation to fill out pop fun like Hey Watcha Say, Sink in the Dirt or Lady and the Flies with all manner of sonic gadgetry was a big one. I’m really glad that there’s room in these tracks, it’s confident and sassy music.

The Vegetable Orchestra – Onion Noise

A fairly thin stew from rich ingredients, I’m afraid.

Sleeping Dog – With Our Heads in the Clouds and Our Hearts in the Fields

the angst in the record feels real, and thank fuck, we don’t have any of that “softly, softly look at me with my clever instruments while I play a lullaby” nonsense that seems to have overwhelmed this genre recently.

Handsome Furs – Sound Kapital

Sounding like The Boss also seems to be all the rage at the moment.

Roy Wilkinson - Do It For Your Mum

The passages about Dad are tremendous. Especially the bit about Dad as the gatekeeper and proselytiser of the BSP revolution. His speech could mirror the kind of staccato commands given to the Red Guards in 1917-22.

Incendiary speak to Codes in the Clouds

…I think we like to see the band to be something fun you do with your mates… we are fairly close knit and we like having a laugh.

Incendiary talk to Erased Tapes and Rival Consoles

I just want to sign music that can make me feel something.

Haldern Pop Day Three - 13/8/11

young embarrassed Germans told team Incendiary that by wearing tee shirts emblazoned with industrial diggers we were giving visual signals to other Teutons that we were Flash Harrys given to indulging in exciting sexual adventures

Haldern Pop Day Two - 12/8/11

The tent was, quite literally, bouncing for Rival Consoles and Incendiary cut some rug in a fashion not seen in quite a while.

Haldern Pop Day One - 11/8/11

2011 Haldern Pop must be acclaimed as evidence of the official “Year of the Beard Amongst the Young”. Gillette Wilkinson must be concerned.

Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat

On the face of it hooking up with a jazz musician and composer doesn’t look likely to help recognition-wise, and it truth it probably won’t.

Latitude Festival 2011 - yes, we went back

Having been surprised by the popularity of the National when they headlined the Word Tent last year, there’s little more to say on the subject other than that there are Even More People totally enraptured by them.

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