Month: January 2014

New Yellow6 review

Another Cyclic Defrost review has gone live. It’s a write-up of Yellow6‘s 5 EP, part of Silber Records’ 5 in 5 project. Five minutes, five songs. A buck to download. 

‘5.2’ sounds like Sling Blade-era Daniel Lanois, while ’5.3′ brings to mind Charlie Owen’s guitar work on Louis Tillett’s Midnight Rain. ‘5.4’ brings a venomous, plodding chunk to the mix, coupled with a howling noise which manages not to upset the measured, clean chord pluckings that command attention, leading to the EP’s final Godspeed You Black Emperor guitar-neighbourhood track.

The review is here.

What to say?

Well, hello.

I’ve finally pushed back somewhere. I’m sure it’s annoyed at being pressed into service again after so many years, but that’s tough.

This site will (eventually) contain a bunch of my older reviews, as well as links to newly-written stuff – and maybe even the odd round of navel gazing.

My general torpor was interrupted when I found I could no longer find some of my reviews online without making use of the Wayback Machine. So I figured that it would be fun to rescue some of them from the gaping abyss of unpaid hosting bills.

I’m not sure how many of them are really worth reading – especially as I like to think that my writing has improved in the years since they were written – but I hope that you enjoy them anyway.

If you are here because you used to read |lukelog| I am pretty amazed that you even remember me, much less tolerate my lax update schedule.


New Carl Kruger review

My Cyclic Defrost review for Carl Kruger’s Sexist Tranny (out on Silber Records) has now gone live. A brief sample?

The prevailing feeling of the recordings – and their provenance is unknown, buried in multiple layerings and laptop manipulations – is that of deep space, or of machinery talking to itself. Opener ‘Dead Biz Novelle’ is the sound of gigantic terrestrial radios, tuning from bogs to the vistas of cold space. ‘Bead Hell Oven Zit’ is a record of someone dropping their keys down the back of a DEC PDP-9 while it complains, loudly.