Author: George Pheby

Album Review – ‘Silence’ by Auction for the Promise Club

The first breaths of the opening title track to Auction for the Promise Club’s debut, full-length studio album, Silence, allude to the vivid sense of dynamics presented across much of the record.  Indeed, if there’s one thing that sets this Southwest-based band apart from other UK indie rock outfits of a similar ilk, it’s their willingness and ability to toy with textures in a way that is all the more admirable when bearing in mind that it is only three people crafting these sounds, and the introductory moments of the group’s debut LP convey this in an instantly striking...

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Isle of Wight Festival 2017, 8th-11th of June | @IsleOfWightFest

Amidst the political tumult and widening societal divisions of the late 1960s, from which an international phenomenon of peace-loving progressives was born, England’s biggest island, the Isle of Wight, held its first large-scale culture festival, which would quickly cement the verdant holiday destination as more than a weekend retreat from the worries of working life, but also as a countercultural haven for the British bloc of the hippie movement in the West.  The island may only lie four miles off the coast of Hampshire, but this was perhaps all the distance needed to provide a sense of escapism from...

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Artist Review – The FloodShark – follow @theFloodShark

The apparent musical influences of Florida-based producer, The FloodShark, differ little from those of the average musician dipping their toes into electronic music’s waters, but there is nothing at all ordinary about the way in which these stylistic inspirations come together in his eclectic brand of plunderphonics, instrumental hip hop, jazz, ambient and experimental music.  A self-described “carnivorous, fresh-water tolerant, cold-blooded, cartilaginous, man-eating thresher”, the soundscapes crafted by The FloodShark are reminiscent of the sounds of the sea, in all its states of chaos and calm.  In October of last year, the composer put out his first two projects, Synthetic Shark and Let Loose the...

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