Review: Moon Duo – Stars are the Light

Ethereal with soothing tinkles, and scattered synth, Stars Are the Light is a fantastic new offering from the American psych explorers Moon Duo, marking a progression into significantly new territory with this seventh LP. From a preoccupation with the transcendental and occult that informed Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada’s previous guitar-driven psych rock, Stars Are the Light sees the band morph the abstract and metaphysical with the otherworldly vibe, which they effectively establish on this eight-track album.

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Waste of Paint: I just hope people look after each other and reach out when needed

Waste of Paint is named after a lyric from one of the masters of this craft Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes). The band, from its inception has always been an arts project, they just use sounds as their medium. Formed in Hull, Waste of Paint is an ever evolving door of creatives based around the songwriting duo of Adam Brodie and Dan Spooner. Typically Brodie is the wordsmith, and Spooner the producer, although they co-write and produce everything together. They have just released new track, Baudelaire Waltz, which they discussed with The Fountain in more depth.

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Nick Helm: This is me going back to what I started doing

Always a man who likes an incendiary show title, Phoenix From The Flames represents Nick Helm’s return to something like his old self. The man who starred in BBC Three’s wonderfully charming Uncle, fronted a food programme for Dave entitled Eat Your Heart Out, and will soon appear in series two of Romesh Ranganathan’s Sky sitcom The Reluctant Landlord, has always given off the vibe that just about anything could happen during one of his live extravaganzas. And he is bringing this show on a tour that includes Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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