Cult With No Name “Mediaburn” – album review

Cult With No Name “Mediaburn” – album review

  I keep discovering new music and it’s funny that my discovery of this group this week coincides with ‘Cult With No Name’ getting airplay on Chris Watt’s ‘In the Moog’ radio show and that he recently had them in the studio. They have such a wonderful, warm sound. The album ‘Mediaburn’ has just come out at the right time. Who wouldn’t want to listen to this fireside favourite when winter closes in? I briefly…

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Soft Riot “When Push Comes To Shove” – album review

Soft Riot “When Push Comes To Shove” – album review

  After his outstanding 2018 album The Outsider In The Mirrors, Soft Riot has surprised us with another brilliant release. When Push Comes To Shove is the seventh studio album by the Glasgow based Canadian artist JJD, who goes by the stage name of Soft Riot. Jack continues the tradition of writing synth-pop danceable songs that aren’t necessarily as poppy as one would imagine. There’s more to his vision of synth-pop; it comes with a…

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Thorsten Quaeschning “The Seaside Stage Session” & “The Munich Session” – review

Thorsten Quaeschning “The Seaside Stage Session” & “The Munich Session” – review

  Ever since seeing Thorsten Quaeschning’s solo performance in Berlin, January 2019 it was amazing to see what the man could do separately from Tangerine Dream or Picture Palace Music. Paul Frick was there too, performing a solo & also joining Thorsten & Hoshiko for a jam. Thorsten literally blew us away that night. I’m still waiting patiently to see if this music was recorded, saved safely and it will have a possible release in…

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Eirene “Jhana” – EP review

Eirene “Jhana” – EP review

  I first heard Eirene singing with Oogan at a gig at the Hope & Anchor earlier this year. I heard a demo, stream or sound bite of ‘Moonshine’ and instantly wanted to purchase. It is the first track of four-track EP titled ‘Jhana’. Eirene’s voice is unmistakably crystal. It wafts, sails, floats and whispers and ‘Moonshine’ is a fine example. I adore a singer who can use their voice like an instrument. No wonder…

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Colin Rayment “Transitional States” – album review

Colin Rayment “Transitional States” – album review

  I know Colin is an avid fan of Tangerine Dream and that his previous work has been inspired by the flavours and textures of early works of this pioneering group. Sitting beside Colin, whilst watching Ian Boddy and David Wright, I understand that what happens to a person who connects with that type of music, is eventually so captivated and inspired that something infectious takes place. Some years back, I met Brendan Pollard, before…

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Morgan King “Old Skin” – album review

Morgan King “Old Skin” – album review

  This album has a well-rounded professional production from the moment it starts. Any artist that has the confidence to start with an Intro is always worth taking time out to listen to; and I was captured from listening to that ‘Intro.’ Haunting pianos, random sounds and a slow build to an exhilarating crescendo. It sets the scene well for what is to follow. The theatrical synths that open ‘Sex Shop’ are bold. Morgan has…

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Tiny Magnetic Pets “Girl In A White Dress” – EP review

Tiny Magnetic Pets “Girl In A White Dress” –  EP review

  I have been aware of this group for a little while; unfortunately until now, I had not heard any of their work. Nearly getting to see them in Islington earlier this year was the closest I have got to hear them. After listening to this EP, I regret not being able to be there. Seeing their image made me wonder if it was going to be listening to something by Dido with a Depeche…

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Interview: Magne Furuholmen talks about White Xmas Lies, A-ha and more

Interview: Magne Furuholmen talks about White Xmas Lies, A-ha and more

  We had a pleasure of talking to A-ha co-founder and keyboard player Magne Furuholmen about his upcoming third solo album, White Xmas Lies. In this interview, Magne has revealed his inspiration for this beautiful and emotionally rich, yet at times dark and melancholic album about Christmas. Magne is most known for his work with A-ha. He co-wrote many of the band’s hit songs, including their most famous hit ‘Take On Me’. He is also a very…

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