Matthew Wells

Duane Michals: Impossible stories

Duane Michals is an American photographer, important for his innovative break with the ‘New Documentary’ approach that dominated photography in the late fifties and early sixties. He has continued to creatively oppose the problems he perceives in contemporary art. In the next issue I’ll discuss one of his recent creative...
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Posted Mar. 17, 2010


Boo is the debut album of the Swedish two piece Dag För Dag. The band has a distinctive sound, using rich vocal textures, guitar sounds and ambient sound-scapes in a way similar to the psychedelic side of recent new-folk. This spacious, placid side of their music is brought to life...
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Posted Feb. 23, 2010

Capturing time with Titarenko

Alexey Titarenko is a St Petersburg- based photographer, currently exhibiting around Europe, America and Russia. His photographs are beautifully eerie depictions of his city and its people in an enchanting atmosphere. The most intriguing feature of his photography, though, is time. Titarenko presents time not as a single moment, but...
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Posted Feb. 16, 2010

The Shadow of an Empire

Protection Racket’, the first single and opening song of _The Shadow of an Empire_, would have you believe that Fionn Regan has undergone some kind of musical metamorphosis. The truth is he hasn’t, at least not entirely. ‘Protection Racket’ is probably the new album’s most complete departure from his folk-orientated...
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Posted Feb. 12, 2010


Listening to Lightspeed Champion’s new single, and the songs released with it, got me thinking about his old band Test Icicles. Yes, they’re childish, perhaps too abrasive too often, and music with even just a few screams is now largely frowned upon, but their music had something that Dev Hynes...
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Posted Feb. 11, 2010