Review: Dave Harrington is the New York City based multi-instrumentalist that is more well-known as one half of the duo Darkside with Nicolas Jaar. Quite fitting then that Jaar's own Other People imprint sees fit to release this curious experimental opus that is almost like an imaginary film soundtrack that runs the gamut of moods and styles. From restrained yet powerfully emotive prog-rock ("The Prophet"/Cities Of The Red Night"), all out improvised art rock similar to Tortoise ("All I Can Do") to stunning ambient/jazz crossover like on "Slides" or "Steels". All in all it's an interesting and engaging lesson from start to finish.
Review: The Declining Winter, put together by ex-Hood man Richard Adams, carry on the rich seam of pastoral, haunting post-rock melancholia that he mined on his earlier outfit. Understated and light of touch, the folk-tinged filigree and whispered vocals cast a curious spell here, influenced by the like of Talk Talk and Felt, yet also redolent of the eerie work of Gravenhurst as well as the guitar cascades of vintage Slint. Named after a hostel that Syd Barrett allegedly stayed at in the '70s, 'Home For Lost Souls' is an album of rare grace and finesse.
Review: Taking their cues in equal part from the Thames Valley sound of the early '90s, the Rugby school of two-chord rapture birthed by Spacemen 3 and the kosmische extrapolations born in Berlin, Belfast's seven-piece Documenta deal in twilight soundscapes and widescreen effects-pedal euphoria. Collected over a year-long period of experimentation and expansion with the help of fellow Belfast visionary David Holmes, this eight-track salvo showcases a band with the wherewithal to transcend the influences that spawned them, not to mention its somewhat prosaic moniker, reaching out across new horizons above and beyond its two tags.