There are certain releases that as soon as you hear about them you are immediately invested, and nothing can be truer than the off project Final Light – the collaborative effort between James Kent from Perturbator and Cult of Luna’s Johannes Persson. Containing 6 tracks overall none of which are under 5 minutes so for its duration the listener is almost encouraged to stop whatever else they are doing and give this their full and undivided attention which aften hearing on its entirety I can confirm that a state of transfixion will happen not only once but with every other subsequent listen.
This will stay in my head for years to come 9/10
Goatriders - Traveler (Majestic Mountain Records) [Rich P]
Goatriders are back with a follow up to their strong 2020 debut release brought to us by the awesome Majestic Mountain Records. This time, the psych/fuzz foursome from Sweden offer us Traveler, which continues with their high-quality desert/space jams but takes that rock to the next level giving us a serious step forward from their first album The Magician’s Keep. First let’s talk about how this sounds. I love the production on Traveler. There is nothing sleek or overproduced which if it was that way would have lessened the impact of these jams. This needs to sound a bit more DIY/recorded in a cabin in the forest.
Deep Space Mask - In Tenebris (Argonauta Records) [Quinn Mattfeld]
The Chronicles Of Manimal And Samara - Trust No Leaders (Self Released) [Matt Bladen]
Trust No Leaders is a pretty good mantra for the modern age, (though it's always been good advice). It's also second album from London based duo Daphne Ang and Andrea Papi an Singaporean and an Italian who came together as The Chronicles Of Manimal And Samara in 202O quickly recording their debut album Full Spectrum. On Trust No Leaders they display a more aggressive side than they did on the debut, perhaps the last few years bringing out the rage in the two of them.