I Am A Man With A St Tropez Tan

I Am A Man With A St Tropez Tan

I Am A Man With A St Tropez Tan

I Am A Man With A St Tropez Tan

Released: Jul 2010

Genre: Electronic / Experimental

Label: Hangman Ho Records

Rating 3.9/5


I Am A Man With a St Tropez Tan is the debut album from one of several projects created by Rick Senley. Within the first 20 seconds of listening, it becomes evident that Senley is a very inventive character, his music very much reflective of creativity, with its very experimental electronic style.

Although the album title may give little away, I Am A Man With A St Tropez Tan is certainly not an up-beat record. Several tracks, such as Get Off, I Will Kill You sound suitable for a sci-fi thriller, with eerie distorted vocal samples and an intruding rhythm. It then comes as little surprise that tracks from the debut record featured on the thriller Killer Bitch, featuring Alex Reid.

Throughout the record Senley alternates between a rhythmic and a bleak experimental style. Black Female creates a spaced atmosphere, abolishing any kind of structure and placing a strong focus on unearthly synths and string samples. The more bleak and stretched-out experimental tracks often take a progressive approach, slowly drawing the listener into the assortment of juxtaposed sounds – creating a very hostile and effective overall effect. With such an array of experimental samples, Senely’s project is comparable to the likes of Aphex Twin, demonstrating his ability to create a great range of electronic music.

I Am A Man With A St Tropez Tan is not strictly morbid and non-structural. Tracks such as Growl take a big-beat approach to electronic production; a Chemical Brothers style that could be appropriate for the dance floor, particularly suited to somewhere around the time of 5am. As a record, I Am A Man With A St Tropez Tan is very well produced. The general enigmatic and cinematic style results in a unique and very interesting listen, especially considering obvious financial restraints. Combining a range of electronic ideas, Rick Senley’s debut under this alias is an inspiring success.

~ Article by James Murray

Listen To: I Like Your Mouth, Homage, Ignorance Is No Defence

For Fans Of: Aphex Twin, The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, AFX, Polygon Window (more…)

Gypsyhawk - Patience and Perseverance

Gypsyhawk - Patience and Perseverance


Patience and Perseverance

Released: 6 July 2010

Genre: Rock / Classic Rock / Punk

Label: Creator-Destructor Records

Rating: 4.1/5


Patience and Perseverance is the first full length release from California rockers, Gypsyhawk. The band name in consolidation with the mythical artwork leaves much to the imagination, and it’s perhaps no surprise that the sound of Gypsyhawk is very different to the majority of modern rock music. Through emulating a classic rock sound similar to the likes of Thin Lizzy, one of the group’s main influences, the overall aura is one of epic 70’s rock riffs, with a contemporary twist.

The album titled track Gypsyhawk is the most forward track of the record, the blistering opening guitar riff followed by solid vocals would make the track the most obvious single choice. Patience and Perseverance rarely follows a strict song structure, choruses aren’t a common feature, but nevertheless, the four-piece certainly know how to create a hook and captivating melody. In the opening track, Eric Harris shouts “so long, farewell, goodbye“, as heavy rock riffs burst into action before leading into, to say the least, an admirable guitar solo.

At over an hour in length, the generosity of Patience and Perseverance leaves space for a range of styles and musical experiments. Eyes of Ibad takes a progressive approach, evoking an elemental atmosphere before erupting into a sequence of artistic guitars and slow rock vocals. Instrumentals are quite clearly one of the main focuses of the record, which is no surprise considering the talent showcased throughout – particularly on strings. Tracks including Guidance and Rebellion On The Western Shore flaunt the Californians inherent aptitude as a rock group.

A classic rock sound is certainly the main style used by Gypsyhawk; however, the group’s ability to apply elements of punk and experimental atypical rhythms is what gives the four-piece their exclusivity and unique selling point. Patience and Perseverance is an ambitious album that radiates a very solid sound. For a band to release such a strong sounding LP is very promising, and it seems Creator-Destructor Records have a great band in their grasp

~ Article by James Murray

Listen To: Gypsyhawk, Blackhaven, Defenders Of Good Times

For Fans Of: Thin Lizzy, Blue Oyster Cult, Rainbow, Phil Lynott

Bear In Heaven - Beast Reast Forth Mouth

Bear In Heaven - Beast Rest Forth Mouth

Bear In Heaven

Beast Rest Forth Mouth

Released: Nov 13 2009

Genre: Post-Rock/Experimental/Indie

Label: Hometapes

Rating: 4.0/5


Beast Rest Forth Mouth, the second full-length studio album from Bear In Heaven, has offered plenty for critics to drool over — the use of progressive, experimental vibes has resulted in a refreshing 41 minutes of highly admirable and atmospheric indie rock. The Brooklyn based four-piece, fronted by Jon Philpot, have successfully recorded an album that is consistent yet brilliant. The generally slow-paced tempo of tracks takes nothing away from the powerful effect of the album; ‘Lovesick Teenagers’ being a great example of how strong and sincere vocals along side atmospheric drum patterns can result in a highly refreshing end-product.

‘Complex’ is no adjective suited to this album, however, ’simple’ would be equally inadequate — Bear In Heaven haven’t offered anything that is new, as such; but an album that offers diversity through its varying dynamics, specifically in the vocal quarter. Philpot’s vocals remain sincere throughout, however, manage to fluctuate from the intoxicated, continuous chants of ‘Dust Cloud‘, to the choppy vocals in album opener ‘Beast In Peace‘, leading to an emphatic falsetto chorus.

The diversity of Beast Rest Forth Mouth takes it from simply being a ‘good experimental album’, to a journey; perhaps not the most exciting of the last decade, but certainly an audible adventure from a relatively unknown four-piece (certainly in Europe) that, with one release, have captured the imaginations of many. Bear In Heaven are no longer a band with potential, they’re a band that listeners and fans will be eager to hear more from in the future — be it through more studio releases or expansive touring.

~ Article by James Murray