Category: News / Reviews

[News or Reviews] White Poppy Shows Off Her Pop Side on ‘Paradise Gardens’

White Poppy — a.k.a. British Columbia’s Crystal Dorval — is best known for dreamy pop soundscapes drenched in reverb, saturated with lo-fi recording hiss and layered with sweetness. Paradise Gardens digresses ever so slightly from this aesthetic, at least initially, resulting in a slight identity crisis resolved by the strength of her newfound pop leanings. The

JAMES TAYLOR – AMERICAN STANDARD [News or Reviews]

It takes an extraordinary artist to re‐imagine some of the most beloved songs of the 20th century, making them completely their own. And that’s precisely what James Taylor has accomplished with new album, American Standard. It features beautifully simple, stripped down arrangements, infusing new sounds and fresh meaning into the timeless works of art. These carefully chosen

[News or Reviews] King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard’s ‘Chunky Shrapnel’ Is Their Fittingly Bizarre Version of a Live Album

There are two reasons to record a live album: to permanently document an event or to capture a band’s live energy. While neither approach is better or worse, the end results are completely different. With its studio-recorded interludes and sporadic crowd noise, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard’s Chunky Shrapnel falls firmly into the latter category

[News or Reviews] Matthew D. Gantt Displays Digital Wizardry and Compositional Prowess on ‘Diagnostics’

Electronic composer, conceptual theorist and educator Matthew D. Gantt is an individual at the forefront of the use of immersive media, such as virtual reality, as an arts medium. One of his most recent endeavors has been to set up hoops.net, a virtual performance space that aims to provide a venue for physical-digital experimentation. In

[News or Reviews] Death Metal Supergroup Black Curse Exceed the Sum of Their Parts on ‘Endless Wound’

Score:9 The term “supergroup” is wholly fitting for Black Curse, made up of members from such heavyweights as Spectral Voice, Blood Incantation, Primitive Man and Khemmis. So what happens when you get these elites from all over the sound spectrum together? You get something that sounds like none and all of them at once. Endless

[News or Reviews] Sunken Foal’s Sugary Synths Have Just the Right Amount of Sweetness on ‘Hexose’

Score:7 Veteran Irish producer Duncan Murphy plays the confectioner on Hexose, his seventh album as Sunken Foal. The record’s title references a family of simple sugars, of which fructose is a member. The chemical responsible for giving fruit its sweet taste, fructose is also a building block of sucrose: what we call sugar. It isn’t

THE MAHONES – UNPLUGGED [News or Reviews]

The Mahones have come a long way in 30 years (1990-2020) : heralded as pioneers of the Irish punk scene, and internationally recognised as one of the best and hardest working punk outfits around. The new project is an acoustic unplugged album that presents their best loved songs and performances in a raw and intimate performance. The album includes