The world found itself in a rather antagonistic and divisive state this year, as if none of the lessons from the 20th Century’s noted conflicts and stand-offs had been learnt. After a slow start to 2017, there was a bumper crop of new music from a number of established artists.
Overall, it was artists of a more mature disposition who held their heads high and delivered, as some newer acts went out of their way to test the patience of audiences by drowning them in sleep while coming over like TRAVIS on VSTs.
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CURXES’ second album ‘Gilded Cage’ offers plenty of enigmatic electronically derived oddness. CURXES first appeared in 2011 before releasing the ‘Precurxor’ EP in 2014 and an album ‘Verxes’ a year later.
Those disappointed by ‘Verxes’ will savour the more hauntingly electronic ethos of ‘Gilded Cage’. It is more akin to another South Coast songstress GAZELLE TWIN than the DEPECHE MODE being eaten by SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES template that characterised their initial work. More Inside ›
ROSEMARY LOVES A BLACKBERRY is the multi-faceted Russian musician and artist Diana Burkot.
Part of the Anti-Ghost Moon Ray collective, Burkot’s debut album is entitled '❤', because in Burkot’s own words, it is “an image that cannot be spoken, at a time when visual aesthetics are the priority”. As if to reinforce this concept, the previously unveiled ‘Purr’ is shaped by a gentle conceptual slice of leftfield while its accompanying video challenges “Self-identification through social networks” 🐱 More Inside ›
With a manifesto that “explores common ground in a strong aesthetic approach towards art, film, music, technology, science, and nature”, the Brighton based artistic co-operative Anti-Ghost Moon Ray have released a new compilation of music made by themselves and like-minded friends, entitled ‘Annual General Meeting Record - Volume 2’.
The international cast contribute 14 tracks emcompassing dark electronica, lost soundtracks and field recording experiments. More Inside ›