Review: Irist – Order of the Mind Rating 77%

Review: Irist – Order of the Mind

Arriving fully-formed as if from nowhere, Irist’s debut record is a shockingly confident mission statement. Given the seal of approval by Nuclear Blast and content to let the music do the talking, Order of the Mind is ten tracks of assured and diverse metal, owing debts to Gojira and The Ocean. But it was Brazil’s Sepultura that motivated guitarist Pablo Davila, from Argentina, and bassist Bruno Segovia from Chile to go for it: the Cavalera brothers had proven there was space for a South American band in the genre, and they’ve got their sights set on carrying the torch.

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Review: Roddy Woomble – Everyday Sun Rating 85%

Review: Roddy Woomble – Everyday Sun

Despite their early angular and dissonant sound developing into the sort of epic, R.E.M. inspired rock that should have been right in my wheelhouse, Idlewild seemed to pass me by. Over the last couple of years though, I have found myself listening to quite a lot of singer Roddy Woomble’s solo work, with Before the Ruin (the album he recorded with John McCusker and Kris Drever) being a particular favourite.

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Warm Digits: Rozi’s lyrics circle around individual and collective anxieties and how these tie up with reality, or not

Newcastle duo Warm Digits have shared their brand-new single, Everyone Nervous – a collaboration with British singer-songwriter and This Is The Kit band member, Rozi Plain. The new track is taken from Warm Digits new album Flight of Ideas (out 10th April on Memphis Industries) which also features guest vocals from The Lovely Eggs, Paul Smith of Maximo Park, The Orielles, and the Delgados’ Emma Pollock. The band spoke with The Fountain about the track in more detail as well as working with Rozi Plain.

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Review: Chloe Foy – Callous Copper Rating 85%

Review: Chloe Foy – Callous Copper

Gloucestershire-born indie-folk singer-songwriter Chloe Foy is noted for her graceful vocals, intricate arrangements and emotionally direct songs. In recent times, she has toured extensively in support of the mercurially talented Jesca Hoop (while also providing backing vocals in Hoop’s band) and completed a headline English tour to promote her third EP, Callous Copper. For this EP, Chloe Foy’s vocals and acoustic guitar are supplemented by a talented and versatile string quartet.

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Review: Myrkur – Folkesange Rating 81%

Review: Myrkur – Folkesange

If Aurora is the Earth’s optimism, Myrkur has always been its anger. Since Amalie Bruun sent the black metal world into a frenzy with her mix of otherworldly howls and atmospheric headbangers, she’s been accompanied by a darkness haunting her extreme music, like a raging Anna Von Hausswolff.

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Leif Coffield: During writing I was getting so hyped at the thought of playing it

Leif Coffield is a 24-year-old singer-songwriter and producer who is emerging from the shadows with a interesting take on gothic electro-pop. Now, with the release of ‘monsta-san’ – his most ambitious track to date – Coffield confirms himself as inspiring local name. Originally from East Kilbride, Coffield moved to Chapelton in South Lanarkshire when he was 18, where he lived in a run-down caravan for three years. Leif spoke with The Fountain about the new track, and his plans for the rest of the year.

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Review: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Viscerals Rating 72%

Review: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Viscerals

Boasting one of the best names in rock music, Newcastle’s Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have delivered their fourth album, in advance of a UK and European tour. Viscerals is uncompromising but familiar: simple sledgehammer riffs; the Devil’s Interval; lumbering beats; and dark lyrics, soaked in reverb and delivered like battle cries… Comparisons with Black Sabbath, Killing Joke and Soundgarden are inevitable.

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Review: King Creosote – From Scotland With Love Rating 87%

Review: King Creosote – From Scotland With Love

Having previously seen this in London’s Barbican, I return to Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall for a repeat performance of From Scotland With Love. It’s been over five years since we had seen this last, and on second watching there are certainly sections I feel I missed the first time around but what is more than clear is that us Scots would probably never tire of this particular performance. The stunning Scottish archive film by director Virginia Heath with musical score by King Creosote is such a richly stimulating delve in to our grandmother’s pasts that take us back to tech-free era that many of us look back to with fond memories. Certainly with the live score, there is much to indulge in the sitting, as King Creosote and his nine-piece band perform the complex score.

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Review: Heather Woods Broderick Rating 75%

Review: Heather Woods Broderick

Given her classical training, her sensitivity and her instrumental versatility Heather Woods Broderick has long been a sought after collaborator and touring companion for the great and the good among stateside indie-folk and Americana acts. Bands she has worked in/ toured with over the last 15 years include Horse Feathers, Laura Gibson, Alela Diane, Efterklang and Damien Jurado, not to mention her longstanding association with Sharon Van Etten.

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