JUST what the Doctor ordered!
Morgan Doctor, an American artist who released her latest LP earlier this year, is offering up a slice of her new ambient instrumental sound to Sound Advice, in the form of West Coast.
A spokesman for Aporia Records said: “Her first fully instrumental album, Major Over Minor came together after three years of soul searching that started when she left a band (The Cliks) and a relationship.
“The ambient electronic album is about that time, full of contemplation and hopefulness.”
Click here to grab yours – Morgan Doctor – West Coast
SHEFFIELD sonicsmiths 65daysofstatic have been going for over a decade now, honing their craft, and it feels a bit like their latest LP, Wild Light, is a bit of a lightbulb moment for the band.
Always an engaging and interesting listen, on debut The Fall Of Math the group were originally a Mogwai-esque post rock outfit, prone to extreme bouts of ambience as well as heavy and progressive, and since then they’ve been evolving more and more of an electronic IDM edge to their complex instrumental soundascapes.
This culminated with 2010’s We Were Exploding Anyway – an aural assault which saw the scales almost tip to them being an electronic act rather than a math rock or post rock band.
But the key thing with their 2013 release is the sense of balance – Taipei is Sigur Ros-like post rock, while Blackspots possesses a devil of a drumbeat, Prisms has subtle skittering clikcs and pulsing synths underpinning the track, Unmake The Wild Light grows into a belter of a monolithic instrumental rock song, with no one side of 65daysofstatic outweighing another.
You feel like the group, who play at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham on September 24 as part of a handful of UK tour dates, have really felt at ease with their sound on Wild Light, and as a result the LP is probably the brightest spot on their discography to date.
SINCE hearing their self-titled EP, I’ve been waiting impatiently for more from Manchester’s Plank! and wood you believe, it’s finally here.
The band are an instrumental act with a Krautrock feel and a spacey twist, and Animalism as a result is full of driving riffs and otherworldly synths.
For instance La Luna has a no-holds-barred exuberance that you can’t help but be lifted by.
However for all this awesome space rock feeling, you get the impression this is a band that is still taking off rather than out of this world just yet – not that their sound is wooden, but despite being a tight unit their craft is just still a bit rough around the edges compared to peers such as Beak> and Errors.
Nevertheless, I’m enjoying Animalism, and when Plank! return, I’m all aboard!