Whatever form this ninth record ended up taking, it was always going to find Architects at a cliff-edge. 2018's 'Holy Hell' was a scorched-earth treatise on grief that closed a trilogy of LPs defined by the 2016 loss of founder and guitarist Tom Searle to cancer. The Brighton outfit had resolved to continue in his memory: the question that remained was quite how. They have not done so gingerly; 'For Those That Wish to Exist' is both furious in spirit...Read more
While certainly changing on both a wider, and international scale (a global pandemic will have a tendency to do that), the differences also reach more personal for Maximo Park. Though Nature Always Wins marks the band's first record since the birth of singer Paul Smith's first child, it's also notably the first since the departure of founding member and keyboard player Lukas Wooler, an egress that left a sizeable gap in the band's foundation. And...Read more
Norwegian duo Catharina Stoltenberg and Henriette Motzfeldt have been slowly drip-feeding tracks under the Smerz name for a few years now but the arrival of their debut album in full starkly reveals the true scale of their ambition and ability. It's an album that evades easy classification and is a uncommon example of one that benefits from a noticeable lack of flow. It wouldn't be right to call it disjointed, but the way that it blends styles and...Read more
Has there been a busier pandemic band than Cloud Nothings? Within the past year, they have released two remotely recorded full-lengths (The Black Hole Understands and the Bandcamp exclusive Life Is Only One Event), dipped into the archives for 27 digital live albums, reissued an expanded version of their 2011 compilation Turning On, and launched a monthly subscription series. Frontman Dylan Baldi and drummer Jayson Gerycz additionally released two...Read more
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