Category Archives: avant garde

Afloat – The NJE (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Even on paper, The NJE, standing for Near Jazz Experience, is a fascinating concept. Horn led, jazz infused, pop/rock instrumentals, largely unrehearsed and improvised but built on some solid yet supple underlying grooves. But jazz for the purist this isn’t, … Continue reading

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Das Ram – Rachel Mason (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I’m not normally a particularly nostalgic person when it comes to music, far happier to explore the “what next” than the “back in the day.” But there is something beating at the heart of Rachel Mason’s latest album that we … Continue reading

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Are You Having Fun? – Martyrials (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

How many bands does it take make a movement? Maybe two is enough, it is certainly enough for a pincer movement so for now let’s consider this less a gathering of the like-minded clans and more a two-pronged attack on … Continue reading

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Odyssey – Diagonal People (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The choice of title for Diagonal People’s debut release seems quite resonant considering what is found within. Classical scholars will know The Odyssey as that meandering ten-year adventure which took its homeward bound hero through unexpected trials and tribulations. Readers … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CXIV : Heaven, Hold Me Down Here – Diagonal People

It may seem as if I am writing about a new Diagonal People song every week. I generally am, their rate of output is pretty impressive to say the least. And the fact that they come packaged as wonderfully weird … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day : LXXIII – Dada For Spring Radio – Zita Swoon Group

A band who take creative inspiration from performances at Cabaret Voltaire (the venue not the band) nearly a hundred years ago are obviously the sort of band who are going to regard the equally wonderfully weird and mercurial Jezus Factory … Continue reading

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What The World Needs Now is The Grubby Mitts – The Grubby Mitts (Lost Toy Records) reviewed by Dave Franklin

At the start of the year a wonderful little art attack called The Worm of Eternal Return popped up on my radar as a teaser for an eight years in the making album. Well, the waiting is over and if … Continue reading

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Strange Relations – Karda Estra (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Karda Estra is like a box of chocolates. Okay, Karda Estra is like a box of chocolates that has been through a blender and then served up on a plate whose colour, texture and even dimensions seem to mutate even … Continue reading

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The Drive to Taxonomy – Craig Ward and Radboud Mens (Jezus Factory) reviewed by Dave Franklin.

I knew it wasn’t going to be an ordinary day. Not only did I manage to pick up some Philip K Dick anthologies in Oxfam and Karda Estra sent me their latest release inspired equally by 14th Century writer Giovanni … Continue reading

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The Worm of Eternal Return – The Grubby Mitts (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

As a music writer I’m always up for a challenge, years of trying to find new ways  to describe the latest indie kids with skinny jeans and complicated hair or a revolutionary new punk band who are going to change … Continue reading

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