Review: Brussels-based Echo Collective is an extended crew of classically trained musicians helmed by Neil Leiter and Margaret Hermant. While they've been active for some time and worked on countless projects, Plays Amnesiac - a re-imagining of Radiohead's 2001 album of the same name - marks their full-length debut. It's an undeniably impressive collection, with Thom Yorke and company's glitchy, heavily electronic original songs re-cast as neo-classical pieces rich in arresting clarinet and oboe lines, jazzy live drums, cut-glass violins and gentle orchestration. Occasionally projects like this can feel a bit gimmicky, but Plays Amnesiac simply oozes class from start to finish. There are no cheesy gimmicks here, just sublime, classical-jazz fusion cuts that dance from the speakers like the soundtrack of a film we've yet to see.
Notes: This unique metal screen is not simply perforated but implements a slightly convex shape to redirect low-frequency air blasts to the side of the screen. This process does not attenuate high frequencies (as fabric screens can) and leaves the vocal performance completely unaffected, minus any disruptive low frequency "pops".
The gooseneck holds its position at any angle, keeping you covered at all times. And since the whole thing is made of metal, it will take a lot more abuse than a traditional fabric shield. This tool is built to last.
Sleepwalking (Couples Only Dance Prom Night) (3:22)
Edit The Sad Parts (7:05)
Beach Side Property (live in Sunburst, Montana) (5:55)
Buttons To Push The Buttons (live in Sunburst, Montana) (2:23)
Novocain Stain (live in Sunburst, Montana) (3:29)
Broke (live in Sunburst, Montana) (2:55)
Whenever You Breathe Out, I Breathe In (Positive Negative) (live in Sunburst, Montana) (4:29)
Edit The Sad Parts (live in Sunburst, Montana) (6:52)
Review: Arguably the most rare and cherished artefact for Modest Mouse fans, this extended EP, following in the wake of their debut album, contains a variety of early gold from the band, including material recorded in vocalist Isaac Brook's garage. Amidst an invigorating rawness of delivery, these off-kilter yet beautifully crafted songs offer a glimpse at the maverick spark and poignant intimacy that would go on to make the band indie scene darlings, rendered all the more acutely for the lo-fi setting. By turns heartbreaking and incendiary, 'Interstate 8' proves that even at this early stage we were dealing with a very special band.