Founded in 2012, BETAMAXX is the musical vehicle of Pittsburgh based Nick Morey. The most recent BETAMAXX album ‘Lost In A Dreamworld’ saw him bringing in wider influences such as goth and new wave.
One of those songs is ‘Never Sleep Again’, a collaboration with post-punk Santa Cruz duo VANDAL MOON. Reflecting its tale of love and disaffection, ‘Never Sleep Again’ comes with a superb video directed by Dan Przygoda and shot by Brad A Kinnan. Continue Reading ›
One of the definitions of ‘Obverse’ is “the opposite or counterpart of a fact or truth” and it is this intriguing title that heralds the arrival of the fifth studio album by Danish composer / producer Anders Trentemøller.
It is immaculately produced and mixed, but at its very core is an emptiness and lack of originality or emotion which means that the listener isn’t compelled to return to ‘Obverse’ after a cursory listen. Continue Reading ›
Like a cross between THE CURE and ALPHAVILLE, Swedish duo MACHINISTA are back with their third full-length album ‘Anthropocene’.
Vocalist John Lindqwister and instrumentalist Richard Flow have taken their time with this record and it’s all the better with a refinement of their anthemic signature sound plus the addition of some conventionally flavoured twists. ‘Anthropocene’ is their most consistent body of work to date. Continue Reading ›
Like THE SOFT MOON meeting THE CURE, Istanbul-based JAKUZI made an impression within the local underground art movement, addressing the sort of personal psychological and mental health issues not known for public discussion in Turkish society.
Crossing haunting synth sounds with guitars for some moody electronically assisted gothic rock, their recently released second album entitled 'Hata Payı' is a concept record of sorts dealing with the acceptance of community and oneself. Continue Reading ›
HARD CORPS were like a piece of a jigsaw that didn’t quite fit; utilising aesthetically entrancing KRAFTWERK-like electronic minimalism, produced by the legendary Martin Rushent and Daniel Miller, but restrained by a major label record contract that meant that they never fulfilled their true potential and only belatedly released one full length album.
Clive Pierce kindly spoke about his tenure in HARD CORPS with additional contributions from band members Hugh Ashton and Rob Doran. Continue Reading ›