Koto Kill – Fire Down – Audio

The London (England) based collaborative industrial-electro project Koto Kill centred around Gabriel Ralls releases the LP Fight Us All on the 16th.

Koto Kill

Koto Kill

Longer stay readers may recall Gabriel Ralls from the band Plastique, who played their final gig in March of last year, though have worked collaboratively with others since, if so will recognise the brooding electronica underpinning the music.

The six track album is available on bandcamp, with Vagabonds being the velvet cloaked closer.


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Oh, The Guilt – Darkest Days – Single Review

The noir-rock trio of Elijah DahlHannah Layhe and Chris Nicholls from Bristol (England) – Oh, The Guilt – released the single Darkest Days today.

Oh, The Guilt

Oh, The Guilt

Following on from their 2016 eponymous EP (available on bandcamp) Darkest Days (also available on bandcamp) while holding similar brooding presence in its slowly rotating dark gothic demeanour is simultaneously able to catch the sense of isolation and introspective melancholia felt when life goes badly wrong while equally offering outstretched arms extending a comforting and sympathetic embrace of companionship.

A song which, in my view, lifts their music in to an altogether higher plane of performance as the absorbing bass, muffled percussion and dreamy guitar are woven with the hypnotic and otherworldly vocal, giving the song a mesmeric allure – there are few better ways in which to spend the seven and just over three quarters minutes of Darkest Days – I merely implore of Oh, The Guilt that it is long before 2020 that they return with new music.

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Chemtrails – I’ll Never Be – Audio

Mia Lust (Guitar / Vocals), Laura Orlova (Guitar / Vocals), Laura Sumner (Bass / Vocals), Ian Jubb (Keyboard) and David Mayman (Drums) from London (England) form the garage band Chemtrails and will be releasing the LP Cuckoo Spit on the 7th of December.

Chemtrails - Photo by Chris Patmore Music

Chemtrails – Photo by Chris Patmore Music

A six track album which is available on vinyl through PNKSLM or digitally on bandcamp has been preceded by the reveal of the second track on the release I’ll Never Be.

A rockabilly offering through which Wurlitzer effect synth blending with winding country guitar creates a retrospective dance track that merely asks of the listener to find their drainpipes, pencil skirts, Edwardian drapes and brothel creepers before heading out on to the floor.

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The Rumble Skulls – Why You Are – Single Review

It has been a couple of years since the electro-rock outfit The Rumble Skulls from England last featured, which is more due to my inept administration than lack of new material.

The Rumble Skulls - Why You Are -artwork

The Rumble Skulls – Why You Are -artwork

The latest track to surface, Why You Are, that appeared on the 15th, again displays the free movement of the music with the roving combinations of effects and rocky guitar painting a landscape of intricate weaves, rounded by an unexpectedly expansive vocal that brightens the day for its presence and offers a moment in which to rest the barbs of the day.

Rumour also has it that an LP is waiting in the wings for release later in the year, which I look forward to hearing.

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Bruce – What – Audio

Larry McCarthy from Bristol (England) who releases music under the triptronica guise of Bruce will be releasing the LP Sonder Somatic on the 26th.



A couple of tracks from the eleven have been revealed in advance of the début album, which is available on bandcamp.

Both are floor filling shape-shifting sonics that burrow deep in to the mind and leave the audience lost in a trance.

By way of an introduction – the hypnotic primordial rotations of the middle track on the LP – What.

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