Humanist “Humanist” – album review

Humanist “Humanist” – album review

  It can be very easy to miss an album or a piece of music in these heady days. There is an abundance of music out there, old and new. That’s why I am a little late writing this review. With styles and genres of music constantly changing, adapting and cross-pollinating it can be difficult to detect the cream. It is a very creative time and yet a very watered down period simultaneously. I have…

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Perpacity “Conflagration” – album review

Perpacity “Conflagration” – album review

  It’s an honour when a group contacts you to listen to their music. In this case I am reviewing the upcoming album ‘Conflagration.’ I feel like I have been waiting a very long time for its release. I was sent ‘Mice of Men’ some time back and originally wrote a small review of that single. Then a few months passed and I received the follow-up single ‘Burn’. I know when you like a particular…

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Erasure “The Neon” – album review

Erasure “The Neon” – album review

  Some groups are full of brightness and light and Erasure are one of these groups. Since the birth of the group in the 1980’s the duo have perpetually been producing wonderful catchy pop music that is still fresh to listen to in the millennium years. What’s more they refuse to hide in the shadows, they keep coming back with fresh upbeat music with their distinct signature sound. Andy Bell’s voice is still as strong…

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I Like Trains “Kompromat” – album review

I Like Trains “Kompromat” – album review

  I have recently been introduced to I Like Trains and after hearing ‘The Truth’ on Bandcamp and the musical style, I recognised immediately was the irony and wit this group have. My first feeling was that they were similar to the Divine Comedy. Not being familiar with the vocalist David Martin, I thought I was going to hear singing, but there are some that do a terrific job with spoken word and the way…

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Jean-Marc Lederman Experience “Letters To Gods (and fallen angels)” – album review

Jean-Marc Lederman Experience “Letters To Gods (and fallen angels)” – album review

  An ingenious concept album composing of 22 Letters in music! Imagine that the human race has become extinct and that all that is left are these remnants to disclose who we were. Each of the 22 tracks sung by different artists. Their interpretation has put a unique take on the task that was given to them to create a very rich and full album with empathy and love. This is a lovely mixture of…

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John Carpenter “Skeleton” – single review

John Carpenter “Skeleton” – single review

  It’s always good to see how John Carpenter plays his scores. He demonstrates so easily how to create a sinister sound and get a vibe. ‘Skeleton’ is certainly no different to his previous work but with a hint of something else. He has a formula to set the heart race pounding. In some ways this piece of music is simple but so effective. It’s lively and full of zest. It has a jumpy feel…

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Rodney Orpheus “Places Beginning with N” – album review

Rodney Orpheus “Places Beginning with N” – album review

  It’s always good to know that there are other artists out there that appreciate the music of Tangerine Dream and Rodney Orpheus is one of these. He formed the electronic rock group The Cassandra Complex in 1980. After a period of time releasing remastered albums from The Cassandra Complex, Rodney has released a new solo ambient album, Places Beginning with N. He expresses with his own words that with this album he wishes to…

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Fakeba & John Fryer “Jotna” – album review

Fakeba & John Fryer “Jotna” – album review

  What can I say about hearing this album? I am so enthused to report to you that the start to 2020 has many surprises for us. This album is sublime. It’s full of energy; it’s original and contains so much power. It starts with ‘Dakar’ and its construction is one of my favourite styles. It starts with a lower volume and speckled with female vocals within its intricate intro. Then it booms into life…

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Interview: Thorsten Quaeschning & Hoshiko Yamane talk about Tangerine Dream

Interview: Thorsten Quaeschning & Hoshiko Yamane talk about Tangerine Dream

  Thorsten Quaeschning is the current bandleader of Tangerine Dream. He joined the group in 2005. He performs synthesizers and guitar. Born in Berlin in 1977. As a child he practised on violin, the flute and the piano. Before Thorsten joined Tangerine Dream, he worked as a producer for the band ‘Minory’. Afterwards he began to tour with Tangerine Dream, behind the scenes in 2003, before joining them. Each year since the sad death of…

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Pet Shop Boys “Hotspot” – album review

Pet Shop Boys “Hotspot” – album review

  The latest album from the Pet Shop Boys is exciting and vibrant. It should be an instant success and please new and existing fans. There’s a great mixture of dark and light here and a great sense of maturity. ‘Will-O-The-Wisp’ is possibly one of the darker tracks and it sets a nice intro to the whole album. Neil Tennant does have different strengths within his vocals and the interesting lyrics and the way they…

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