Review: Leapfrogging conventional rock sounds and hop-scotching conformity, these unassuming young gentlemen yell "Up your pigeon-hole!" to an industry obsessed with format and repeated musical templates. In the humble surroundings of a quaint English seaside village, the members of Odd Shaped Head reside in chaotic harmony: Paul (bass/vocals), Ricky (guitar/vocals), Rob (drums) and Andrew (guitar); from childhood chums to grown up geeky misfits. The quirky quartet release their new single "Egomatic Annie". Their eclectic brand of energetic, rhythmic, funk-punk, jerky bass popping, powerful scatterbrained drumming and stabbing guitars bursting into vibrant melodies draws more fans along to venues already packed with a collage of characters. This is not to be missed.
Rushing Through My Mind (Mang Dynasty extended version) (8:03)
Rushing Through My Mind (Mang Dynasty instrumental version) (7:00)
Rushing Through My Mind (Mang Dynasty radio edit) (3:56)
Review: Ray Mang's slick disco stable Mangled calls upon a new pair of provocateurs to lay down a sun-kissed steamer to blow away those winter blues. The agents in question are Josefin Ohrn and The Liberation, and their "Mang Dynasty" is every inch the Balearic idyll rendered in a long form discoid jam. The extended version on the A side fully floats out into gently psychedelic waters guided by Ohrn's infectious hook, "I've got you rushing through my mind." For those who just want the groove there's the instrumental mix available as well, or you can always plump for the radio edit if time is short.
Review: OCS, aka Orinoka Crash Suite, is one of the lesser-used musical incarnations fronted by voraciously hard-working Californian John Dwyer. While retaining his love of the fantastical, imaginary and otherworldly, Dwyer's 20th album 'Memories Of A Cut Off Head' is in stark musical contrast to the frenetic garage-rock output of his usual formation Thee Oh Sees. Working with long-term friend and bandmate Brigid Dawson, he's crafted a surprisingly tranquil and reflective record of strange folk-psychedelia, made stranger still by Dwyer's broad use of instrumentation, ranging from lush string arrangements, through harpsichord and musical saw, to Radiophonic Workshop style synthesis. The revival of the OCS moniker was long overdue, but after twelve years thrashing out incendiary garage-rock, this weird and impressive oasis of calm reminds us of Dwyer's musical depth, and that he doesn't always have to concuss to be convincing.
Review: Many Of Montreal fans, long bewitched by mainman Kevin Barnes gender and genre-warping way with psychedelic pop, may be tempted, on hearing that his latest record dabbles with EDM, to run away from 'Innocence Reaches' as if their hair were on fire. Yet this would expressly be a mistake - after at least two records that seemed to confuse their audience by tying the more direct and seductive aspects of Barnes' songwriting in ornate knots, 'Innocence Reaches' - which is in actuality close to some celestial collision between Prince and Crystal Castles - shows him both venturing beyond his comfort zone and getting back to what he does best, resulting in the most satisfying Of Montreal record since 'Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer'.
Review: Cutesy Australian duo Oh Pep! celebrate the release of their second album, scoring a bolstered release on American label ATO Records, home to the likes of Ben Kweller, Kaiser Chiefs and Alabama Shakes. It sees the pair continue to playfully enjoy their time in the indie-pop and alt-folk sun, with an album dedicated to the sweet themes of relationships; the ups, downs and middles. Highlights include the atmospheric and hushed tones of "Hurt Nobody" to the more full and chorus heavy "What's The Deal With David?" - a song for highway driving - to the melodious "Your Nail & Your Hammer". A record that will appeal to fans of Lana Del Ray and First Aid Kit.