Author Archives: Kemper Boyd

About Kemper Boyd

Writer of wrongs

LISTEN: Astral Project – ‘Athena’

Manchester, Northern England, heavy rainfall, typically dark, a remedy is required. Step forward quintet Astral Project who provide a tab of sonic-soma narco-bliss of glorious technicolour; ‘Athena’ is a fuzz-laden fillip to counteract today’s fauxhemian fellows and their fancy-dress showmanship….

Album: The Black Angels – ‘Death Song’

Some records act as time-signifiers, articulating the socio-politico-emoticomplex so deftly that they will be seen as para-psychic texts for millennia to come. The Black Angels‘ Death Song is one such objet d’art. With sonic sculpting from Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, The…

LIVE: October Drift @ Camden Monarch, 18.04.17

Recently Gigslutz sought a response to those perennial blowhards Kasabian’s ever-tiresome yawn-boast that they are the ‘saviours of guitar rock’, the response a unanimous ‘up yours’ to the ersatz-Northern clowns. To add to the list of alt-axe-gods to believe in…

New Track: Shaking Chains – ‘Midnight Oil/Drunk No More’

In these post-modern, fake-news, truth-plus, hyper-dissonant times Manchester’s Shaking Chains are here to salve, ease and rescue all lost souls from their corporatised socio-anxiety. With a name derived from P. Shelley’s (Percy Bysshe not Buzzcock Pete) The Masque of Anarchy, this…

ALBUM: Alison Krauss – ‘Windy City’

Never one to sit still, 27-time Grammy Award winner (including 2007’s globe–bestriding collaboration with Robert Plant Raising Sand) Alison Krauss returns with her first solo album in 17 years, the historiographical and curatorial Windy City.  Adopting a novel approach in her work this…

New Track: The Chairman – ‘Animate’

Neo-noir Scandimonium abounds on this synth-etiquette sonata from Danske dancer Lucas Berner a.k.a. The Chairman. With echoes of Deptford Goth’s hermetic chamber pop-somnambulance and Bon Iver’s wyrd-eerie-pherics, this release is the product of the culmination of the cathartic process. A self-introspective…

ALBUM REVIEW: The Blue Aeroplanes ‘Welcome. Stranger!’

Six years on from the last LP Anti-Gravity, indie-doyens The Blue Aeroplanes return with their inimitable Bristolian ‘swagger’ and increased ‘beatsongs’. Contemporaries) of REM-embers Stipe and Mills (1991’s seminal album Swagger a favourite) and glumbient sorrow-foragers Radiohead the past year…

ALBUM: Jethro Tull – Stand Up: The Elevated Edition

Rating: Jethro Tull took their name from a 17th century English agricultural pioneer who helped instigate the British “Agricultural Revolution” via pioneering and modernising methods that changed landscapes, something his musical namesakes would achieve themselves. Toil that soil to strike that…

ALBUM: Public Image Limited ‘Metal Box (Super Deluxe Box Set)’

Rating: Public Image Limited’s seminal Metal Box was famously originally released in a “metal” film canister, therefore it’s slightly incongruous reviewing an umpteenth version via stream, the stark physicality of the original release in 1979’s mid-Winter a symbol of artistic…