Rami Vierula: EP (s/t)

Hey, how's it going? Hope you've had a great summer. Sorry for not blogging! I really should have, considering there's been so much good music released lately. One of my favourites of the past few months is a double EP by Rami Vierula. Released in May on Sitrustapes, it ties together his two previous Finnish …

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Album: Delay Trees – Let Go

Listening to Finland's Delay Trees has always been a soft, lulling experience that shuffled you away from reality. Dreamy music tends to have that effect. It mesmerizes and hypnotizes, it makes rows of grey buildings appear cinematic from a bus window on a rainy day. But reality catches up with you sometimes - a terrible experience which …

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Astrid Swan – From the Bed and Beyond

I was listening to a radio programme the other day where they were discussing Finnish expressionist painter Ellen Thesleff, who lived and worked during the latter part of the 1800's and early 1900's. In a time when female artists weren't acknowledged to the same extent as their male peers, to put it mildly, her bold work …

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Album Review | Black Lizard – Black Lizard

Black Lizard S/T Soliti; 2013 When The Jesus and Mary Chain began exploring the hypnotic effects of blending distorted guitar noise and pop songs with a bratty attitude back in the 80's, they did more than just invent a whole new sound. They invented a whole new approach to life. Their music saluted the urgency …

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Album Review | Lord Huron – “Lonesome Dreams”

  Lord Huron Lonesome Dreams IAMSOUND [2012] Jan Lindholm The excessive flow of Folk-oriented pop, after the success of Fleet Foxes and the likes, have been overwhelming. Yet this trend seems to bring forth some talent that otherwise would have gone un-noticed. And I for one welcome these with open, embracing arms. Lord Huron might …

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Album Review | Baroness – Yellow & Green

Baroness Yellow And Green Relapse; 2012 Trying to figure out where Baroness fit in on the metal scale has become increasingly difficult. At the same time it's becoming increasingly uninteresting. During the Savannah quartet’s decade long career they’ve continued to evolve and grow, aging with grace. They’ve crafted their own special brand of sludge metal, …

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Album Review | Antonia Vai – Lovers and Prophets [2012]

There seems to be limited social space in music for female singer-songwriters. The tendency is to place every girl with or without a guitar in her lap in the same category. Sweden's Antonia Vai should be able to escape limiting categorization. This 24- year old singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who released her debut album Lovers and …

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Album Review | Godspeed You! Black Emperor – “Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!”

They've done it again. Just like back in 2010 when they re-appeared out of nowhere, Godspeed You! Black Emperor have again managed to sneak up on us and stir up the sound waves. This time they are back with a new album, their first one in a decade. That's right, a decade. But then again …

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