A track by track rundown of Microwave’s superb new album, Death Is A Warm Blanket – it’s a bumpy, unsettling ride to the end.
Tiny Moving Parts – Swell
Tiny Moving Parts couldn’t have picked a better title for this collection of songs really. These 10 tracks on Swell are fit to burst with impassioned beauty, melancholy, tales of loss and re-connection; from their erratic time changes to the heady blasts of breakneck punk rock and contemplative, brooding lyrical couplets.
Lonely The Brave – Things Will Matter
There are moments when music really does touch you. That burning, emotional rush that feels like it will engulf you in its flames. Lonely The Brave live these moments every time they pick up their collective instruments and no-one more so than vocalist David Jakes, a man, who is beginning to emerge from his chrysalis. Hell, he stood at the front – the FRONT of the stage last time I saw them.
DTHPDL – The Future
‘Gin and Swearing’ is listed as the genre for DTHPDL’s new EP, The Future. We’re off to a strong start and I haven’t even pressed play yet. DTHPDL (pronounced ‘Deathpodal’) is four-piece band from Edinburgh, started by frontman Alistair J Chivers, with the help from D. MacDonald, Humdrum Jetset and Ross Taylor (on this recording).
We Never Learned To Live – Silently, I Threw Them Skyward
Curling up into a ball and hoping it will all go away is the name of the game. Dour feeling-experimentalists We Never Learned To Live are that ever flickering, blue screen of death breakdown you were warned about but still you install the corruption without a thought, claiming “it won’t bother me, not one bit.” Yeah, good luck with that.
The Hotelier – Home, Like Noplace Is There
The Hotelier (formerly The Hotel Year) have been kicking around for a few years now, and Home, Like Noplace Is There is their second album, but first under the new moniker. So why should you care? In the growing emo revival scene, what makes The Hotelier stand out from the pack?