Best of Bandcamp: Big Block 454

Few bands currently on my radar have embraced Bandcamp quite as wholeheartedly as Big Block 454, a unique and hugely underrated British experimental/prog rock collective. Not only have they made their considerable back catalogue available in its entireity, they have done so on a pay what you want basis. And pay you should – there … Continue reading

Review: Ben Butler & Mousepad – Formed For Fantasy

Ben Butler & Mousepad is the musical alias of Glasgow-based keyboardist/composer/producer Joe Howe, with the accompaniment of drummer Bastian Hagedorn. A solo project (insofar as Howe is the sole composer, and the music on offer is very much synth/electronics-driven), this is his debut album, following the promising “Infinite Capacity” EP. Howe and Hagedorn are joined … Continue reading

Best of Bandcamp: Executive Legs

New feature! Huzzah! Yep, in place of the hopelessly sporadic Spotify playlists (Spotify is so mid 2010-early 2011 anyway) I thought I’d dedicate a regular(ish) section of this humble blog to plugging whatever artist I happen to be listening to a lot on Bandcamp at the moment. So, first up, it’s endearingly nerdy lo-fi electro-punk … Continue reading

Review: William D. Drake – The Rising of the Lights

To those in the know, William D. Drake’s songwriting credentials have never really been in doubt. His contributions to Cardiacs, The Sea Nymphs, North Sea Radio Orchestra and others, not to mention two exquisite solo albums of quirky, psychedelic prog-pop all attest to the fact that Mr Drake certainly knows how to write a decent … Continue reading

Review: Hauschka – Salon des Amateurs

If you’re anything like me (and if you’re not, why are you reading this?) then you’ve probably heard quite a lot of music in your time. So much music in fact, that even during your self-imposed quest to explore the furthest reaches of musical oddness and originality you’ll more often than not find yourself listening … Continue reading

Review: Ensemble – Excerpts

“Beautiful” is one of those words that is so often tossed about willy and (more to the point) nilly, that it quickly loses all meaning and becomes just another cliché. Is that sunset really beautiful, or is it just unusually pink? Is that baby really beautiful or is just another shrieking heap of muck-encrusted flesh, … Continue reading