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Album Reviews

Tricky: Fall to Pieces – “Time will never fully heal these wounds, but it may make things a little more manageable”

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The Flaming Lips: American Head – “like a comedown from the summer of love”

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13 Questions

13 Questions with Mike Blue

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Album Reviews

Uniform: Shame – “a withering coalition of sounds from the darkest pits”

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Interviews

Mitternacht interview: “we’re only ever going to do anything about climate change if we spend more time outdoors”

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Singles

Ex-Easter Island Head: Lodge – “an ambient, cascading wall of sound”

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Secret Machines: Awake in the Brain Chamber – “Paranoid snapshots make way for something truly candid”

Brandon Curtis and Josh Garza return with a long-awaited Secret Machines LP.

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Album Reviews

Ulver: Flowers of Evil – “Masters of music created under a black sun”

The Norwegian titans return, bending the mind more than ever.

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P.E.: Person – “A fresh reference point for a new generation”

Former members of Pill unveil a new version of punk with their debut outing.

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My Morning Jacket: The Waterfall II – “A best-of without being just that”

The Lousville collective return with their first album in five years.

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Album Reviews

Human Impact: Human Impact – “Music that tiptoes on the razor wire”

Members of Swans and Cop Shoot Cop team up to make a cauldron of white noise on their debut release.

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Album Reviews

Tim Bowness: Late Night Laments – “Music for open spaces”

The No-Man singer returns with his sixth solo album and second in as many years.

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Film

Bruce Springsteen’s Western Stars movie – review

Bruce Springsteen attempts to capture his latest album Western Stars on film and we see whether it lives up to the billing.

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Opinion Television

End of an era as we say goodbye to The Affair – an afterword

With The Affair finally reaching its conclusion, we assess its importance in the current standing of modern day television.

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Album Reviews

Less Bells: Mourning Jewelry – “an album for solitude to escape everyday burdens”

The second installment from Julie Carpenter reflects on darkness of the past.

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Singles

Tropical Fuck Storm release new single “Legal Ghost” – listen here

The Aussie miscreants return with the latest single from their upcoming third album.

Singles seldom appear on my radar. Music should be consumed holistically, and when I say that I mean by waiting for a new album, as opposed listening to a strand of it prior to its release.

Like everything, though, exceptions are made and with Tropical Fuck Storm that very much applies.

Tropical Fuck Storm defy many things. They deconstruct the mould. Their boundaries a peerless, undefined.

Legal Ghost, the band’s latest single from their forthcoming third album is yet another portion of weirdo proto-rock that the band have mastered spanning over their two albums and various singles in the wake of singer/guitarist, Gareth Liddiard, and singer/bassist, Fiona Kitschin‘s former band – the glorious hellraisers, The Drones.

With Legal Ghost, a track picked from the ashes of a discarded campfire of Liddiard’s 90s project with initial Drones co-founder, Rui Pereira in Bong Odyssey, it’s Tropical Fuck Storm sounding, shall we say, content?

Not in a nostalgic way; this band is too young and too smart to fall into that poisonous trap.

Legal Ghost sounds more like a band honing in on their sweet spot.

Don’t mistake us here, it’s distinctively TFS, without question. It’s just something that you can tap your foot to instead of completely losing your mind to the band’s usual frenzied chaos. No bad thing at all.

Lyrically, once again Liddiard‘s brooding honesty is on show as he sings, “It doesn’t really matter who you sleep with now, you’re just a legal ghost/It doesn’t really matter who you talk to now, you’re just a legal ghost.”

Yes, we’re all dead on our feet…

It’s hideously cynical but that’s the world we live in and, once again, with Legal Ghost Tropical Fuck Storm tell us how it is, showcasing their unbridled talent for the truth.

Legal Ghost is out now via Joyful Noise Recordings

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Features Interviews

Land Trance interview: “Everything we do we feel sits in the broad continuum of psychedelic music”

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Steve Von Till: No Wilderness Deep Enough – “connecting the dots between existentialism and a dream state”

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Protomartyr: Ultimate Success Today – “bruising post-apocalyptic portraits”

The Detroit collective haven’t yet failed to deliver and with Ultimate Success Today that fact remains.

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Features

Polvo: a buyer’s guide and look into the bipolar world of the underground touchstone

We put one of Chapel Hill’s greatest exports under the microscope, assessing their era-defining body of work.