ALBUM REVIEW: Leila Abdul-Rauf – Phantasiai

No matter how much you write about a record, you can never quite fully encapsulate the feelings invoked by the music. Composer and multi-instrumentalist Leila Abdul-Rauf’s (Vastum, Ionophore, Cardinal Wyrm, Fyrhtu) words about her new album, Phantasiai, go some way to explaining why this might be. She writes, by way of explanation of the record’s concept:

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NOÊTA is a duo based between Norway and Sweden and consisting of multi-instrumentalists Ândris and Êlea, the latter of whom also provides vocals. Their music is an intriguing hybrid of dark folk and dark ambient styles, with just a hint of black metal seeping in around the edges.

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Sólveig Matthildur – Constantly In Love

Sólveig Matthildur, synth legend for Icelandic Darkwave pioneers Kælan Mikla, is a troubadour of the keys. Winning accolade upon award for her debut solo album Unexplained Miseries & the Acceptance of Sorrow (Self-Released), second full-length Constantly In Love (Artoffact Records) aims to build on that emotional heart with an added sense of frost-bitten drama, an ill-fated love story articulating emotion from both protagonists.Continue reading

Emma Ruth Rundle – Marked for Death

marked-for-death-e1472489932460 As we are coming up towards Hallowe’en, it seems appropriate that we should get some sort of haunting into our lives. The new album from Emma Ruth Rundle, erstwhile of Los Angeles noise merchants Marriages and latterly of solo artist of some renown, might just be the perfect accompaniment for the dark night of All Hallows’ Eve and then many more to come.Continue reading

Kyte – Love To Be Lost

love-to-be-lost Forming in 2008 and describing themselves as ‘ambient electro pop’, Leicestershire, UK outfit Kyte have already worked through a number of incarnations, previously recording under the names Surprise Symphony and Magic Island, as well as undergoing various lineup changes. Understandably then, the band – who are currently a trio – have developed and altered their sound significantly over the past five years, and have gained themselves a healthy following in Japan along the way.Continue reading