Search Results for: Synth

Album Review: Child Soldier: Creator of God // Greg Puciato

Greg Puciato isn’t exactly one of the most mainstream figures in the music industry, but his influence has definitely permeated into it. Getting his big break with The Dillinger Escape Plan, his first record with the band was their seminal second album Miss Machine that seems to have influenced basically every single metal and hardcore […]Read More

Premiere: Cold Water // DAME

The opening synth bars to ‘Cold Water’, the new single by DAME, shout nineties’ house music. For a moment I am curious as to what to expect from the Birmingham indie-pop band. Is this going to be another track inspired by Dua Lipa’s brilliantly retro Future Nostalgia that will pull me to the dance floor? Is […]Read More

Single Review: Magnolia Mansion // BARBUDO

‘Magnolia Mansion’ is the new groove infused single from the dynamic duo, BARBUDO. This track exudes everything you could want from a dreamy disco super hit and combines modern sounds to create something memorable and instantly appealing. ‘Magnolia Mansion’ was released on the 2nd of October but if you haven’t heard it, here are some reasons […]Read More

Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis’ Vox Phantom guitar sold in

On October 13th, Ian Curtis’ signature Vox Phantom guitar sold for the whopping sum of £162,000 ($210,000.) The guitar is widely acknowledgeable for appearing in the music video of the notable single, ‘Love Will Tear us Apart.’ Purchased 41 years ago by Rob Gretton, manager of Joy Division, the Vox Phantom was Curtis’ first guitar, […]Read More

Track Review: Swallow Man Aviary // Lunar Bird

When you listen to a song which repeats the lines “Children hurting bees with sewing needles” you know you have found a left-field track. The release in question is the new single ‘Swallow Man Aviary’ from Italian/Welsh band Lunar Bird. The lyrics may be left-field but this track has immediate appeal. The synth driven melody builds […]Read More

Rest in Riffs Eddie Van Halen, 1955-2020

In 1984, guitarist extraordinaire Eddie Van Halen was sitting on top of the world. His eponymous band topped the US singles chart for the first time with ‘Jump’, complete with unforgettable of-its-time synth riffs. The lead single from the band’s 6th album, ‘1984’, helped propel it to #2, denied its place at the album chart […]Read More

‘Kajillionaire’- Brilliant, Bizarre, Beautiful: LFF Review

Not being overly familiar with Miranda July’s work, her latest film Kajillionaire seemed an enticing place to start. Starring Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld), Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water), Gina Rodrgiuez (Jane the Virgin) and Debra Winger (Terms of Endearment), the film is a profound tale of parenting, petty crime and pretending. Where to really […]Read More

EP Review: Love, The Madness // Cate

One of the bright spots of 2020 is the number of strong releases from new artists,  carving out their path in the industry despite limits to their live gigging opportunities. The latest is the debut six track extended play from London based Canadian Cate, with her intriguingly titled Love, The Madness. Intriguing, because of that […]Read More

Album Review: Ohms // Deftones

There are only so many rock and metal acts that have managed to keep their sound fresh and engaging over the course of 25 years, but Deftones are certainly one of them. The Sacramento quintet’s career has been full of ups and downs, most notably the death of original bassist Chi Cheng in 2013, but […]Read More

Track Review: The Drive // Skyler Cocco

Twenty seconds into ‘The Drive’, the new track by Skyler Cocco, my daughter and I looked at each other and said “Haim”.  By thirty seconds, I already knew how this review would go. The vocals and the arrangement had me hooked. Under some circumstances, the comparison to another artist may suggest that a track lacks originality. […]Read More

EP Review: THE S(EX) TAPES // FLETCHER

FLETCHER is back with her brand new synth pop EP THE S(EX) TAPES, and it feels like she’s never been away. This marks the ‘Undrunk’ singer’s second EP release since signing with Capitol Records following the widely celebrated you ruined new york city for me in 2019. The 26-year-old New Jersey star was supposed to […]Read More