Penya: Penya – album review

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Penya: Penya Liminal Recordings LP | DL Released 7th May 2021 Pre-order from Bandcamp   Penya’s second album is a vibrant fiesta of Cuban-influenced magnificence. It’s wild and untamed and will lift your spirits in a heartbeat. Gordon Rutherford gets all Latin for Louder Than War. Consider Havana in all its glory. That chaotic, neglected, […]

Christine Ott: Time To Die – album review

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Christine Ott: Time To Die (Gizeh Records) LP | CD | DL Released 9th April 2021 Pre-order now available from Gizeh Records   From portentous darkness to fragile, shimmering beauty. Eight astonishing compositions that push the boundaries of modern music. Christine Ott’s Time To Die is an epic album that will live long in your […]

Balmorhea: The Wind – album review

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Balmorhea: The Wind (Deutsche Grammophon) LP|CD|DL Released 9th April 2021 Buy here   Balmorhea’s latest release, The Wind, is a gorgeous collection of twelve, exquisitely composed, minimalist jewels. It’s an album that will take you on a memorable voyage. Gordon Rutherford reviews for Louder Than War. The winds of change bring a fresh perspective, inevitably […]

M(h)aol: Asking For It – single review

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M(h)aol: Asking For ItOut Now Was I asking for it? Did I ask for It? No! With their new single Asking For It, the Irish feminist post-punk band M(h)aol demand we connect sociopolitical and sonic engagement across continental space. Asking For It is urgent and terrifyingly prescient as it speaks to the violent cultural misogyny […]

Herzegovina: Emergency – album review

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Herzegovina: Emergency (Mandinga Records) Out Now Original post-punk and no-wave sounds pointing toward an apocalyptic future. Although the geographic reference of their name might suggest the band is from Eastern Europe, the trio that is Herzegovina comes from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. On their debut album Emergency, Herzegovina prove they’re of both the past […]

Loney dear: A Lantern And A Bell – album review

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Loney dear: A Lantern And A Bell (Real World) LP | CD | DL Released 26 March 2021 Pre-order all formats on Bandcamp   Loney dear’s latest album is a minimalist classic, the highlight of which is the Swede’s unforgettable falsetto. Nine exquisite songs, every one a wonder to behold. Gordon Rutherford reviews for Louder […]

Bell Orchestre: House Music – album review

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Bell Orchestre: House Music Erased Tapes LP|CD|DL Released 19th March 2021 Pre-order from Erased Tapes   Created almost entirely from one single improvisational session, Bell Orchestre’s House Music is the most innovative and captivating body of work imaginable. It’s a journey that will propel you skywards before gently laying you down again. Gordon Rutherford reviews for […]

Love And The Weather: Love And The Weather – ep review

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Love And The Weather Love And The Weather Ltd Edition 12″ vinyl|DL – available on Bandcamp Out now   They may be from Victoria, Australia, but Love And The Weather’s debut EP is a delicious slice of Americana. Gordon Rutherford reviews for Louder Than War. If you’ve ever seen Paris, Texas, that epic Wim Wenders […]

Bad Colours: PINK – album review

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Bad Colours PINK Bastard Jazz  Ltd Edition LP|DL  Out 26th February 2021 Pre-order on Bandcamp   PINK, the debut album from Bad Colours, is the Maradona of electronic/garage. It may be compact, but it packs a mighty punch. Gordon Rutherford reviews for Louder Than War.  There’s a saying that good things come in small packages. […]

Xufa: The Wild – single review

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Xufa The Wild DL Out now on Bandcamp.   Berlin-based Xufa returns with her second single. The Wild is an out and out pop banger with the most infectious chorus. Gordon Rutherford reviews for Louder Than War. In September of last year, I was delighted to review Xufa’s brilliant debut single, Generosity, for Louder Than […]