He grew up in the predominantly white neighbourhood of Muswell Hill, and among his Ugandan family, the English pronunciation of his last name was met with furrowed brows. He seemed to be caught between two worlds. So, rather than perpetually feeling out of place, he created a world of his own, one in which he could explore his identity in peace, and grow into himself on his own time. On his 2012 debut Home Again, this world took shape through a vintage...Read more
Singer/songwriter Andy Cabic's output as Vetiver underwent many shifts as it outlived the freak folk scene it grew adjacently out of and moved calmly and steadily through the end of the aughts. The project stayed active but slowed down significantly, touring less and releasing new albums at a rate of every four years. 2015's Perfect Strangers saw Cabic lacing his rootsy folk rock songs with subtle electronic touches and layering the production. Up...Read more
He's been banging on about climate change for more than three decades and - well - maybe we should have listened to Neil Young, whose rage is palpable on his 39th album Watch Liam Gallagher's recent 73 Questions interview for Vogue and you'll see him reach a moment of absolute clarity when asked which rockstar got old but managed to still stay cool. "Neil Young," he nods after a split second's thought, pausing as he stomps across a sunny Hampstead...Read more
Stephen O'Malley once described Sunn O))) as his "guitar band," which is a striking understatement. Over the band's nearly two-decade run, they've never deviated from a singular mission: crushingly glacial guitars played at devastating volumes. Since 2009's Monoliths & Dimensions, the duo has gracefully slipped the shackles of heavy metal, remaining rooted in its ferocious aesthetic while pursuing high concept collaborations and drone at its most...Read more
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