When Valerie Renay of NOBLESSE OBLIGE decides to release a solo project, she creates “music for fast moving clouds”.
NOBLESSE OBLIGE's last album 'Affair Of The Heart' in 2013 featured a stark funereal cover of 'Hotel California', while the duo also opened for IAMX. Conceived in a moment of deep transition, ‘Your Own Shadow’ is an amalgamation of organically developed raw sounds, haunting vocals and tribal inserts, enveloped in delicious synth and simplistic melodies. Continue Reading ›
As innocent and idyllic as the new album title from GAZELLE TWIN sounds, those who are well familiar with Elizabeth Bernholz’s previous output, won’t be fooled. The queen of all things weird and wonderful is back after the highly acclaimed ‘Unflesh’.
‘Pastoral’ should be glorifying her new found life in the depths of Old England, a move amidst other life changing events; instead, it “exhumes England’s rotten past, and shines a torch over its ever-darkening present”. Continue Reading ›
In a period of some competent if quite average releases from independent British electronic acts, one pleasant surprise has been the debut single from AFTERDARK.
The project of Kent-based vocalist and songwriter Marie Williamson, ‘Gravity’ was written after she attended An Evening with Rusty Egan at Pizza Express Maidstone, having been inspired by The Blitz Club’s DJ’s many enlightening anecdotes and his 'Welcome To The Dancefloor' album. Continue Reading ›
In an accolade already accorded to ENO, JAPAN, SIMPLE MINDS, ABBA and THE POLICE, OMD’s first four landmark long players ‘Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’, ‘Organisation’, ‘Architecture & Morality’ and ‘Dazzle Ships’ are being reissued as Half Speed Abbey Road vinyl remasters.
Packaged in reproductions of their original Peter Saville designed sleeves, these releases from Universal Music reaffirm OMD’s often forgotten role as premier electronic pop pioneers. Continue Reading ›
‘Young Romance’ is the follow-up to ROOSEVELT’s first opus and it promises new levels of modern aesthetic euphoria based on the use of vintage synths and a step away from the dance directions previously enjoyed.
The work of Marius Lauber, this time around he wants it more synthpoppy with lighter, sunnier textures. Like any evolving artist, Lauber channels his confidence and re-lives past events in order to become clean. Continue Reading ›