Review and Interview: Moths & Locusts

Review: Moths & Locusts – Helios Rising (Released July 8, 2016) Hailing from Nanaimo, British Columbia, this Canadian quartet of Angus Barter and Mike Breen on guitars, Dave Bean on drums and vocals, and Dave Read on bass, with guest musicians adding additional vocals and synths, blasts out a sound that encompasses both space rock and psychedelic garage rock, even with touches of post rock in the mix. They seem to be in love with their delay pedals, so the music on Helios Rising comes out spacey and hallucinatory in all the right ways. The album has many moods that shift from decidedly mellow and spacey to moments of blistering rock energy. Opening track, Our Dear Leader is built on a propel

Review: ihä – ironía (released May 13, 2016)

ihä is the brainchild of Chilean guitarist Ignacio Moreno Fluxà. Intended as a minimalist ambient project, Fluxá uses only guitar and effects to create his spacious dronescapes. This is not new age mellowness going on here though. On ironía, Fluxá infuses his sound with both very subtle, cyclical melodies and throbbing noise. Contra todo dictadura (Against All Dictatorships) opens the album on a generally peaceful note, with simple guitar weaving single notes that spiral off one after the other. It’s the shortest piece on the album at 3 ½ minutes, but sets the tone for a minimalist excursion that is almost meditative in nature. Todo lo sólido se desvanece en el aire, todo lo sagrado es profa

Jeff Fitzgerald

is a writer, musician and broadcaster. He formerly hosted the radio shows

Electronic Realizations on CKMS-FM and Prog World and  River Gibbs FM. He wrote for 15 years for the webzine Aural Innovations. He is also one half of the space prog duo The Star Diaries, one half of the electronic music duo Systems of Wonder, and is part of the Arcturus Strange collective.

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