The Parish News Reviews

This site is the work of one man – I am the first to admit I am not qualified to ‘review’ any of the releases on this site – I am primarily a collector of music. With The Parish News, I will try and explain why you need these artist’s works in your collection. There will be no mud-slinging on The Parish News. I rely on artists giving me a copy of their music, PR companies highlighting relevant artists or going out there and buying the music with my own money.

I will only play a piece on my show or review an album below if I like it – so there is no such thing as a negative review on this site. If you have a body of work that you wish me to review, then please consider using www.wetransfer.com to send the album to a[email protected]

I started a music blog in late September 2016 called Sigil Of Brass – it was a struggle to keep going with it as it took too much time to give the art I was reviewing credence. I try and write as many reviews as possible. However, my day-job often gets in the way of things, and I do not have as much spare time as I had.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dane Rousay – “IMP/ENV”

I received an email from Dane Rousay this afternoon - I am glad to see that The Parish News has reached San Antonio, TX, USA - Dane was keen to get some music to me. I always listen to every submission and try and get back to the artist, sometimes giving feedback...

Daniel Webster – “The Great Storm Of Now”

I got talking to a local musician, Daniel Webster.  When we got chatting, he revealed that in his bag there were a few CDs he had recorded. From what he described them as, they did not sound like my normal cup of tea. But when I got home and listened to them, I...

Desktop Audio Workstation – “Deep Architecture”

"Deep Architecture" is a release I have grown to love - I was sent the forty-five minute, single-track album by DAW through www.wetransfer.com. I was, admittedly, slightly hesitant about ploughing into this release - I thought that the naivety of the artist's...

Hep!Collective – “Kitchen”

Listening to Hep!Collective's "Kitchen" for the first time can be compared to falling in love for the first time. You have never experienced anything so moving, so powerful - yet you are unsure what it is exactly. I am unsure if it is the Sticky Toffee Pudding I have...

Monte & Hep! – “Samphappalapa”

The second release from Czaszka Records that I am reviewing tonight - this one, by Monte & Hep!, is somewhat a bit more obscure, a bit harder to pigeonhole. Hell, the entire oeuvre of the label is hard to fit into one category, but that seems to be the case with...

Angel Dust – “Soft Shots”

"Field recordings and electrostatic charges pumped through my veins, mangled, strained, strung out & drained for cochlear absorption." Above, you can read what the label has written on the Bandcamp Page representing the album "Soft Shots" by Angel Dust. I was...

Jodie Lowther – “Skeleton Moon”

I'm quite a bit in love with this release ... I was approached by Jodie when she emailed the site. Having listened to the album, I ended up paying top dollar on her Bandcamp Page* for the album. But, why? "Skeleton Moon" is ætheral in beauty. Armed with only her...

Machinefabriek – “Becoming”

Well, where do I start with such a beautiful, chrysalis-like album? I will struggle to put into words the experiential beauty I felt when I listened to this album - but I will try my utmost. I was contacted by Machinefabriek on the off-chance I would have the time to...

Martina Lussi – “Selected Ambient”

Where to start on this gossamer-fine release? An intrinsically woven, four-track album, this feels like a spiders web brushing the aural senses. Do I compare Martina Lussi's work to other "Selected Ambient ..." works? No, I will let it continue to plough its own...

Ze-Ka – “Ghost Planet”

Jean-Philippe Feiss is a French cellist and composer also interested in electronics. He studied classical music with Xavier Gagnepain, and went to jazz and improvised music after finishing school. He founded Sibiel, atria cello/ double bass/guitar in 2001. The band...