Review | “A labour of love” Zaska – It Takes A Village

The Last Mixed Tape reviews It Takes A Village, the much-anticipated debut studio album from Zaska.  Music seems to come so naturally to some that it exudes from them in a way that seems essential to their being. This need to express oneself musically is cathartic, for both the artist and the listener. It Takes A Village is…

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Review | “A bigger picture that casts Carney’s intimate songwriting across a widescreen soundscape” Rosie Carney – Bare

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Bare, the debut studio album from alternative-folk artist Rosie Carney. Somewhere in the midst of listening to Bare for the third time, I felt myself drifting away from critiquing the record and instead began to give in to the intimate beauty of the music. Such is the beguiling quality of Rosie Carney’s songwriting,…

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TLMT Readers Album of the Year 2018 – Voting

Voting for the Annual Last Mixed Tape Readers Album of the Year 2018 has just opened. Following the Last Mixed Tape’s recent unveiling of its top twenty albums of 2018 (see full countdown and playlist – here), TLMT is giving reader’s a chance to have their say in what was the stand-out record of the last…

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TLMT’s Top 20 Albums of the Year 2018

With 2018 coming to a close the Last Mixed Tape has delved deep and come up with its top 20 albums of 2018. As with every year, only albums reviewed by TLMT make it on the list.  20. Robert John Ardiff – Between The Bed And Room There can be no doubt Between The Bed And Room is…

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Review | “an experience to be had in totality” Subplots – A Silent Phase

The Last Mixed Tape reviews A Silent Phase, the latest studio album from three-piece Subplots.  A meeting of atmosphere, texture and depth of field, A Silent Phase simmers with soundscapes that run right beneath the far-reaching vocals, subtle guitar interplay and crushed snapped beats. All of which makes Subplots latest release such an engaging album to simply sit…

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Review | “A record of great sonic beauty” Spies – Constancy

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Constancy, the debut studio album from Dublin-based band Spies.  Constancy is an album cast across a large canvas. The widescreen music of Spies first album results in a truly ambitious record that has courage in its convictions. Walking the tightrope between overblown and epic, Constancy holds itself together by never looking down or losing…

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Review | “With Jason, O Emperor leave on their own terms” O Emperor – Jason

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Jason, the final studio album from Waterford indie band O Emperor.  Approaching a farewell album can be a tricky process. Some can feel like the aftermath of a party long divorced of all fun, others can be the sound a group running through the motions out of obligation more than anything…

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Review | “A true understated gem” Hostess – A Simple Life

The Last Mixed Tape reviews A Simple Life, the debut studio album from electronic artist Hostess.  A Simple Life is an album to give yourself over to. A hypnotic, unrelentingly atmosphere dripping record, Hostess’ debut is the type of album that goes on a journey with or without you. If you’re willing to take it, and you…

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Review | “An exercise in the art of abstraction” We Cut Corners – Imposters

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Imposters, the fourth studio album from indie duo We Cut Corners. Imposters is an exercise in the art of abstraction. An album that folds wistful folk upon hard dynamic passages of indie at will, We Cut Corners fourth offering finds the duo shaping the sound crafted on previous outings, think the gentle…

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Review | “The music of Shape of Silence is world building” Saint Sister – Shape Of Silence

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Shape Of Silence, the long-awaited debut album from alt-folk duo Saint Sister.  The music of Shape of Silence is world building. Casting a widescreen sound across the span of twelve tightly interwoven tracks, Saint Sister’s debut offering is a cinematic affair filled with a sense of enchanting foreboding and sonic beauty. An album…

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