Finding solace in a brutal landscape – Blanck Mass – In Ferneaux

Tension headaches. Sensory overload. Emotional overwhelming. Trapped in your own house, forever. It’s been a year since most of us had to lockdown. Some lost their sanity, many lost their lives, our economy is screwed, let’s face it, we all are affected. Days lost their meaning. The passage of time screeched into a standstill and people took to new skills, honing what they used to … Continue reading Finding solace in a brutal landscape – Blanck Mass – In Ferneaux

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Bandcamp suggestions for March 2021.

Hiya! My name is Orestes P. Coltrane and I’m the assistant editor/rent boy at this shithole of a website (TM), sloucherdotorg. My boss told me to write a few lines about some rather dashing albums on bandcamp, here’s my selections: From Mexico, here’s one for fans of psychedelic punk. Brutal garage overtones are layered on Mengers‘ Molly. Y’all wondered what would be the result of … Continue reading Bandcamp suggestions for March 2021.

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As icicles melt under industrious skies – a take on Jim Ghedi’s new album

When I was a little kid, the term “folk music” conjured overcast skies, foggy perennial forests, and the crackling of burning logs in a low lit tavern in the dales. A healthy dose of BBC programs (through a not very legal parabolic dish) and PBS documentaries cemented those beliefs. Possibly Clannad‘s soundtrack for Robin of Sherwood is to blame. In the furrows of common place, … Continue reading As icicles melt under industrious skies – a take on Jim Ghedi’s new album

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Echodrone’s now just teasing us…

The taxon of bands organized as “shoegaze” by the witty and the jaded (aka music writers) is pretty diverse. A mish mash of organisms with varying degrees of feeding patterns, grazing for your likes and your money, forming a community that might not be resistent, but it’s resillient. Some species barely change, like an apex predator with a robust verbzilla and album everyone decided it … Continue reading Echodrone’s now just teasing us…

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Playlist – A September for remembrance

A well known trope is that all funeral scenes in film and television require rainy days with non-diagetic music setting up a sombre mood. A gust of wind here and there, not strong enough to tussle the protagonist’s hairline but signifying that said character will have to move on. Life has changed through the ending of someone else’s. Maybe it’s knowing that it’s the end … Continue reading Playlist – A September for remembrance

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Album of the week: Knot – Knot

The grungy desperation of Knot seeps through speakers through their debut album, Knot. Nine servings of mellow post-punk that were spiked with you hallucinogen of choice, giving you the right kick to the senses as you nudge yourself through the album. Out now on Exploding in Sound Records, Knot is a band regenerated from their previous selves, Krill. Changes came with a frantic surge of … Continue reading Album of the week: Knot – Knot

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Review: New Ghost – New Ghost Orchestra

Depression takes everything from you. It’s a savage, intangible beast that follows you everywhere. It makes food taste the same. It paints life through a grey palette. Days lose their identity. You become numb to outside stimuli and time fritters away. You can never escape depression. It will stay with you forever. Therapy, a cornucopia of pills, group sessions, the latest herbal panacea, they only … Continue reading Review: New Ghost – New Ghost Orchestra

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Review: Minimal Animal – I thought that we’d be happy here

Nick Cox‘s pop sensibilities have never been a secret. From the harmonies and French pop halcyon days of Screaming Maldini, his previous band, to his current venture, Minimal Animal, he’s always had a knack for picking the right hook. One that will veer from your bog standard rock into fashionable pop music. I thought that we’d be happy here is a short trip through a … Continue reading Review: Minimal Animal – I thought that we’d be happy here

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Review: Yugen Blakrok – Anima Mysterium

About a year ago, I was done with superhero films. I want to say Black Panther changed my mind. It didn’t. The soundtrack, though, that one was a pleasing surprise. A cornucopia of rappers, old and new. From that curated roster, one name stuck out: Yugen Blakrok. Anima Mysterium is not a brag-rap album. It’s a socially conscious album that tells a story, weaved through … Continue reading Review: Yugen Blakrok – Anima Mysterium

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