Category Archives: neo-classical

Outermost Edge –  Alex Stolze (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Outermost Edge is a collection of songs which sees contemporary classical music heading into experimental jazz territory and takes the form of sonic creations which happens as much between the notes and in the breaths between the lyrics as in … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCLXXVII : Church of Lies – Rebecca Relansay (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Gothic music all had a touch of the melodrama and theatre about it, even those embryonic bands like Bauhaus who held the keys  to the musical crypt revelled in a filmic, widescreen persona. By the time you get to the … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard –  CCLXIV : Larissa –  Floating Beauty (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Last month Floating Beauty’s gorgeous album Larva found its way to my review pile, not so much dropping into the in-box more seemingly coalescing slowly from the sound of the elements and the world around, growing from smoke like intangibility … Continue reading

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Larva –  Floating Beauty (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Larva is one of those albums which is a reviewers dream. So much music follows firm templates and, good as it may be, from a review point of view you are often just reworking the same language and over used … Continue reading

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Vivre –  Elizabeth Anne Mall (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Revolutions are usually too jarring to be of any real use and evolution is often too slow a process, but what Vivre represents is a gentle and purposeful nudging forward of the pop package, an unhurried but deliberate direction of … Continue reading

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Bloodthirsty – Symbion Project (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I always feel that if music causes us broken down scribblers to start inventing new musical labels and generic pigeonholes just to try to explain where it fits in to the grand scheme of things, the plan that only the … Continue reading

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Ghost – Richard Wileman (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

As the central hub around which the musically intricate world of Karda Estra revolves, Richard Wileman has been responsible for a wide range of wonderfully textured, unpredictable and eclectic music. He has wandered from intense noir-ish soundtracks to sweeping celestial … Continue reading

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Caterpillar Chronicles – John “Adidam” Littlejohn (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It isn’t very often that new genres present themselves and if they do they normally don’t stand up to too much scrutiny, usually being akin to genre-spliced musical Frankenstein’s Monster, a revolutionary idea on paper but with an end result … Continue reading

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Oliver – Grace Freeman (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It is a common misconception that making music which falls into brackets such as chilled, ambient and understated is about taking a song and stripping back to leave space. Actually it is about using the right few musical statements, the … Continue reading

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Let’s Make This Earth From House To Home – Lyrics of Two (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I think it is safe to say that if ever there was the perfect time to put out a song calling for unity, celebrating people’s similarities rather than differences and extoling the virtues of peace and compassion, it is now. … Continue reading

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