Dribliyj Nunez, music writer
‘once saw a policeman punch a priest’
THE LAST DINOSAUR // ‘Wholeness and the Implicate Order’
A haunting portrayal of two dispirate beings from opposing dimensions, described in his own words as “transitory bullshit ultimately designated insignificant by the relentless and overwhelming order of nature”, sees The Last Dinosaur, aka Jamie Cameron, return with celebrated acclaim. This dynamically complex, yet incredibly poignant, album-opener was filmed under the artistic vision of award-winning director Aniket Dutta.
OF1000FACES // ‘Astronomica’
Surreal uncertainty begets serenity in ‘Astronomica’; a visual dance across the stars which portray new pastures as both bleak and beautiful in equal measure. On tour with Morrisey as the pandemic hit, Chicago drummer Matt Walker (of1000faces) was forced to come to terms with his own terrestrial reverance, stranded in London away from his family, in the confines of his self-contained living space.
KNIGHTRESSM1 // ‘Lock & Key’
Fueled by a deep-seated necessity to defy limitation, female galactic warrior, KnightressM1, has come to Earth to bring justice, hunt corruption and restore truth. Her battle to free human souls from oppression is acutely mirrored by her own past traumas as classically-trained virtuoso Emily Palen, and her belief that our existance “becomes greater because of the life we have lived, not in spite of it”.
NEXT LIFE // ‘Strength I’
Witnessed through the hypnotic melange of a Commodore 64 loading screen, Norway’s Next Life have proven themselves fiercly inventive since the turn of the millenium. It’s ‘Cyberpunk sans the silly silicone’ as Hai Nguyen Dinh and Hans-Petter Lund Jørgensen assert themselves as the true architects of ‘chiptune‘, or what I’ve decided to call, Castlevaniacore.
JULIAN SHAH-TAYLER // ‘Evolution’
In a universal message weaved through the cosmos, or at least from Los Angeles via Leeds, the mind behind The Singularity probes apart layers of love “in a society that cares naught for the human heart”. As a graduate of philosiphy from York University, Julian Shah-Tayler urges us to preserve the ideal of the heart in spite of the cynicism of intellect.
SILK ROAD // ‘Sonder’
A personal philosiphy of “thoughtful honesty” turns educational for London rockers Silk Road on their journey to unravel the unseen complexities we collectively endure, as they, in turn, ponder ‘Sonder’ – “The profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passed in the street, has a life as complex as one’s own, which they are constantly living despite one’s personal lack of awareness of it.” Apparently.
This is an urgent appeal…
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