Currently Spinning…Algernon Doll

I must warn you: the following review has an high fangirl level, which in this case was a pretty damn good thing, as Algernon Doll and his sophomore ‘Citalo-Pop’ did fulfill my expectations. Already famous for his unique blend of lo-fi alt-folk and hardcore, Ewan Grant released the debut ‘Camomile’ in 2012, and soon his Algernon Doll awoke the attention of both the audience and the blogosphere.

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The debut ‘Camomile’ was such an emotional and tormented journey, that probably emulating it would have been an insult to its dark fragility. Indeed, ‘Citalo-Pop’ moves forward, and proves a sensible maturation of Algernon Doll as an artists, even if it draws more into Ewan’s punk and hardcore background than the debut. Back to the origins almost to express a sense of liberation and rebellion from the restless interior struggle of ‘Camomile’.  Continue reading

Currently Spinning…180° Virvar

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Danish do it better; at least when it comes to electronica. No, I am not saying that just because I work in an office full of Scandinavian people, even if I have been exposed to a massive load of catchy electro-experimentations. Today I am stepping away from the electro-pop / dance-floor friendly artists. Let me bring you in the depths of industrial pop, trip-hop and…indietronica.I am rubbish at genre-tagging, so let’s just turn up the volume and listen to the music. Continue reading

Introducing…Firewheelbombfire

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All right, well, let’s be honest: electro-dub-industrial has never been my genre of choice. However, it has a fascinating inner outlandish approach; try firewheelbombfire’s album for example: “Square Peg in a Square Hole” mingles dooming guitars, grumbling vocals and a NIN-y uncanny sonic landscape (“Get Out Much”). The solo project of the Cardiff-based producer Matt Strangis was born with the intent of recording a trans-genre experimental album, following some specific parameters: “I wanted to write it in a short time span (avoiding over-thinking or over-cooking), in the order of track-listing (for coherency), with an emphasis on live, unusual sounds. I quickly started work on the intro to track 1 and then went from there… around two months later, I finished the outro to track 10!”  Continue reading

Currently Spinning…Sahara

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Sometimes you read bands’ bios and you ask yourself (and would like to ask them), what made them list among their influences things like “boiled potatoes”. No ladies and gentlemen, I am not kidding, Basingstoke/Winchester-based Sahara have a spectrum of influences that ranges from Foals to boiled potatoes. Continue reading