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With Light & With Love ~ Woods
4.0 out of 5 stars With Taste & With Dignity, 14 April 2014
Whether you know it or not, everyone’s got a favourite Woods style. Be that when they’re at their most scuffed and muffled, knocking out dreamy psyche-folk or freaky falsettos, maybe even when they get lengthy and ramble out the jams. Their most popular incarnation though, and for good reason, would seem to be circa their gorgeous LP At Echo Lake on which strong 60s melodies were favoured above meandering asides.

It’s a similar Woods that we meet today on With Light And With Love – only now with added pedal steel. The chilled opener combines it with barroom piano and strangled vocal FX for an inevitably jaunty vibe, the acoustic-steel interplay on the smart “Full Moon” resulting… Read more
Chambers ~ Lorelle Meets The Obsolete
Chambers ~ Lorelle Meets The Obsolete
5.0 out of 5 stars Psyche Meets Shoegaze, 7 April 2014
Another fine Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia alum, husband-and-wife two-piece Lorena Quintanilla and Alberto Gonzalez are originally from Guadalajara and during a stay in Mexico City they “met”, subsequently becoming Lorelle and The Obsolete. And, now signed to London label Sonic Cathedral, the excellent Chambers is the hardworking pair’s third LP in almost as many years.

It kicks off with the huge lead single “What’s Holding You?” and opening tracks don’t come much better. At one fell swoop it launches the duo into the realms of power psyche, the onslaught pulsing louder and louder until it feels like the blood will burst from your ears, which it might if it… Read more
Underneath The Rainbow ~ Black Lips
Underneath The Rainbow ~ Black Lips
5.0 out of 5 stars Crowning Glory, 30 Mar 2014
There’s garage-rock, -punk, -psyche and then there’s Black Lips, swampy specialists in such 2-3 minute party jams for well over a decade. Yet, in the three years since Arabia Mountain bands like Thee Oh Sees have risen to prominence threatening the band’s crown. So, what do the Atlanta boys have in the tank for their seventh LP? More of the same it turns out in the main, which for some bands would be a major problem but not for Black Lips.

Much of Underneath The Rainbow could be taken from their stellar back catalogue and whilst it does also contain a number of relatively inconspicuous moments (often those handled by one of the album’s producers - Patrick Carney of The Black… Read more

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