From fuzzy, slow-burners to heady, chaotic meltdowns - this column will be taking a look at the best of the west on a monthly basis. I'll be digging into obscure, oddball DIY releases as well as keeping an eye on the weirder side of the well-established artists out there. I'll have garage, psych, experimental, post-rock, drone... if it would never see the light of day during any kind of social situation I'm all over it, basically.


The Foetals - Meet The Foetals

Super lo-fi racket courtesy of Manchester's Jolan Lewis (Francis Lung, The Pink Teens). Under this new moniker, Lewis crafts Ty Segall-esque garage coups and melts them down into an impossibly infectious pop mould; instantly manifesting guitars jangle on twice as fast as they should, slaughtered with reverb whilst Lewis' freakout-ish vocals sit quite happily beneath the ruckus. The album was self-recorded over a mere two day period, which surely is homage the fact that Meet The Foetals could only work if it was unresting, uninterrupted and utterly chaotic, which it absolutely is.


Kurt Vile & Steve Gunn - Parallelogram

As part of the excellent Parallelogram series on Three Lobes Recordings, Kurt Vile pairs up with ex-Violator Steve Gunn for an LP consisting equally of eccentric re-imaginings of forgotten classics and original cuts. "How about it, you little prick" booms Vile on a fleshed-out take on Randy Newman's 'Pretty Boy' before Gunn's cinematic, earth-shattering guitar in unduly awakened. The pair have collaborated endlessly on stage, but their first studio collaboration is a warming ode to the influence that the paid have had on one another. Gunn's closer, 'Spring Garden', is one of his most compelling singer/songwriter numbers to date, with Vile's subtle, fractured synth taking none of the spotlight away.


RVNES - More Bites

Manchester based DIY collective I Hate My Recordings have been curating, creating and releasing some of the best experimental noises in the country for a number of years now, occasionally, looking further afield for exciting sounds. Their latest release is from Berlin-based multi-media artist RVNES. His ambient past completely turns it on itself and throws up an incredibly harsh, visceral noise piece.


Jennylee - right on!

Warpaint have always seemed keen on hinting at dark imagery but never going further. "I've got a knife to cut out the memories" warns their magnum opus 'Love is to Die' before they reside back to more light-hearted refrains ("why don't you dance and dance"). It would seem that bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg is the catalyst for such a constituent. Her debut solo album keeps a firm grip on Warpaint's hazy sound but takes reference points from gloomier places a la Joy Division's mechanic drumming atop piercing guitar lines and The Cure's sinister scowl.



From harsh noise to frustrated slacker pop, we have our January column. Obviously I'll be on the lookout for new werido noises over the coming year, so if you think your music would be well-suited here feel free email me over at martyjhill1@gmail.com. Thanks!