Such an incredible buzz of anticipation surrounds the release of ‘Ariettes Oubliées…’ despite the fact Les Discrets have just one full-length record to their name. But when you turn up with a début like ‘Septembre et Ses Dernières Pensées’, you see exactly why such a fuss was made in the first place. Fortunately, this long-awaited second attempt shows that Les Discrets are no mere flash in the pan, but rather a seasoned force with a lot more to give.
Finland’s Syven are made up of Nest multi-instrumentalist Aslak Tolonen and Ereipia’s Andy Koski-Semmens. Full of shamanistic energy and thumping with tribal beats, the duo’s début puts the listener through a ritualistic rites of passage, into the barren wilderness of an ancient time.
This is a concept album in the truest sense. Ex-Savage Republic member Jackson Del Rey has had a modest but undoubtedly experimental career since he founded 17 Pygmies in 1982. Four years ago he began work on a trilogy when he was inspired by La Celestina – an influential 15th Century Spanish novel. But he didn’t stop there. The multi-talented musician decided to weave in his own science fiction themes into a completely new story. ‘CIII: Even Celestina Gets The Blues’ is the final instalment of this ‘Tale of Love and Quantum Physics’.
After signing to Earache Records and seeing the relative success of ‘Woods 4: The Green Album’ last year, things were looking up for Woods Of Ypres. Little did we know at the time, that fifth record ‘Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light’ would be released under such shadowed circumstances. The tragic death of David Gold shook fans to the core near the end of December last year, and instead of marking a new era, this record brings an indefinite period in the Canadian act’s existence.
Leading on from 2010’s unbelievable Écailles de Lune record, Alcest have again dazzled us with a transcendent beauty to glide us into the eloquent dreamworld of mastermind Neige. It’s with delirious pleasure that we’re gracefully brought into 2012 by an album destined to be at the top of the polls by the end of the year.
We are sent into unnecessary mayhem whenever a traditional holiday comes along. But why do we do it? Does anybody even remember why St Patrick was a pisshead or why we throw batter mix off our kitchen ceilings to see in lent?