Review: Barringtone's sound is a unique combination of disparate elements. They make full use of the complex arrangements and ever-changing time signatures most commonly associated with rock of the math and even prog varieties, but then execute said arrangements with a spartan, frills-free rawness that is nearly entirely restricted to raw guitar, bass and drums, with only the occasional flourish of synth thrown into the mix.
It's an intoxicating meeting of methods, further enhanced by the band's undoubted ability to pen a tune that sticks in the mind, even if they then send it into the musical blender to be reshaped and rebuilt in an altogether stranger image. Featuring former singles such as 'Feverhead' and 'Dreamboyz' in all their weirdpop glory, rubbing shoulders with a host of previously unreleased instrumental and vocal-led efforts, the Barringtone debut album has been a long time coming - but worth every minute of the wait.
Review: Stephen EvEns is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist and all round clever bloke Stephen Gilchrist, who has filled the drum stool and other roles for bands as varied as The Damned, Cardiacs and Blur's Graham Coxon to name but a few. Assembling an all-star cast of musicians including My Bloody Valentine/Hurtling guitarist Jen Macro, William D Drake of Cardiacs fame and assorted members of Hot Sauce Pony and Gabi Garbutt & The Illuminations for assistance, this second long playing outing is an enthralling mixture of thumping Krautrock grooves and garage angst. Veering in mood from "Dustbin Man",- an angry but wit-laced anthem in support of the downtrodden public sector worker - to the sensitive. melancholic '"Freak Show" and "The Crystal Palace", it's a proper glimpse into the unique world view and inventive musical vision of this Zelig-like mainstay of the underground.