Saturday, 2 May 2015

Show #131 (1st May 2015)

White Mana - Beta Travellers
The Agency - Bad Parallel
Panophonic - Yours To Keep
Pretty Lightening - Graveyard Howls
NM and the No man Band - Pine Line
Tape Runs Out - Flowers
White Mana - Pan
Total Control - Black Spring
Pretty Lightening - Good Old Liar
Morgan Delt - Backwards Bird Inc.
The Memory Band with Grantby - The Ballad of Imber Down
Keith Seatman - A Specific Function
Rainer Veil - Three Day Jag
Samaris - Hrafninn
Kammerflimmer Kollektief - Désarroi #1: Mayhem!
The Pattern Forms - The Sacrifice
Voltage Controlled Music vs Eigenfrequenz - The Clearing in the Woods

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Show #130 (24th April 2015)

Slow Motion Picture - Opening
Danielle de Picciotto - Per Aspera Ad Adstra
The Moon Band - In My Clothes
Wire - Blogging
The Left Outsides - The Third Light
The Chewers - Hello Mr. Lizard
The Owl Service - How the Gods Kill
Tape Runs Out - Friends
Shirley Collins - The Unquiet Grave
Demian Castellanos - Headless Aztec
Ólöf Arnalds - Defining Gender
Vamonos P - Tabula Rasa
The Hare and the Moon - The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry
Rodney Cromwell - Cassiopeia
Vague Notion - Ambient Field
Gnod - Desire
The Chewers - Dig the Pit
Sharron Kraus - Branwen

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Review: Tape Runs Out - Friends/Flowers

This is a little gem that dropped into my in-box about three weeks ago. It's only while I was doing an email clear-out that I noticed our very own Shauna McLarnon's name flash before my eyes.... After retrieving the email from the trash (oops), it turned out this was an email from Shameless Promotions that had been forwarded to me by a colleague at Sine FM in Doncaster. Why I'm not on the Shameless mailing list is a question that I really should be asking Ms Ummagma.

Anyway, the email was a promotion for a new two track single from Cambridge 5 piece Tape Runs Out. The single is on Ear-to-Ear records (no surprise there!), and is a wonderful slice of mid nineties indie rock. Not quite shoegaze, but with the clean guitars, dreamy female backing vocals and laid back rhythm section, you could be forgiven for thinking these short tracks could have appeared on one of those wonderful Volume CD compilations put out by Rob Deacon between '93 and '95.

The first track (Friends) is all too brief at under 3 minutes, but as a calling card, it works perfectly with an infectious chorus, sweet harmonies, and a sudden stop...... Leaving the listener eager for more. I really hope the album, apparently due later this year contains a longer version.

Flowers, the second track follows a similar vein, with aching melancholy, duel guitars, strange sounds bubbling underneath it all, and on top, a modulated croon from vocalist and band leader Liam Goodrum-Bell, who's also responsible for guitars and samples. The lineup is augmented by second guitarist Rich Barker, Yasmin Prebble on synth / melodica / glokenspiel, Ellie Winter on dulcimer and backing vocals and finally Hélène Dufour on bass duties.

The single is out now and can be purchased here for mere pennies!

Mat Handley, Doncaster, England

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Show #129 (17th April 2014)

Powell - Smut
Gum Takes Tooth - Buried Fires
Utu Lautturi - Noise Laundry
Mangabros - Motorcycle Death Song (Rowan Amber Mill remix)
TimHeld - Maxwell
Chef Menteur - Terpsichore
Vamonos P - Mummer's Dance
Slows - Side 2
Múshhh - If I read Our Story Backwards
Gum Takes Tooth - White Fear
Ran Slavin - Something City
Powell - Sylvester Stallone