Review | Emma Langford – Emma Langford

The Last Mixed Tape reviews the self-titled debut extended play from singer-songwriter Emma Langford. Emma Langford’s debut outing is a pleasing one. A big welcoming record that showcases Langford as a storyteller of a similar ilk as Dawn Landes or even Norah Jones. The E.P. rolls along nicely, songs and stories come and go as…

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Review | Variant Sea – Fable

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Fable, the sophomore extended play from ambient post-rock duo Variant Sea. If Variant Sea’s debut Season of Mists was a journey through new unexplored soundscapes, then Fable is the destination. Arriving in a place that is cloaked in a darker atmosphere than its predecessor, the sound of Fable is that of deep lingering nightfall. With Variant Sea…

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Review | Ailbhe Reddy – Hollowed Out Sea

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Hollowed Out Sea, the brand new extended play from songwriter Ailbhe Reddy.  The metamorphosis of Ailbhe Reddy is one that happened in isolation. The songwriter’s re-emergence with ‘Distrust’ earlier this year gave us just a flicker of what Reddy had in-store with Hollowed Out Sea (the follow-up to her promising debut E.P. Dwell),…

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Review | Thumper – Magnum Opuss

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Magnum Opuss, the sophomore extended play from noise-pop outfit Thumper. Deconstruction is essential. The ripping apart of any preconceived convention can make us see things differently. Thumper’s debut E.P. did just that, the band seemed to revel in tearing up their own sound in a way that was focused but still unconcerned…

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Review | Hilary Woods – Heartbox

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Heartbox, the brand new extended-play from alternative artist Hilary Woods. There comes a point during the sweeping epic ‘Bathing’ that the sheer weight of Heartbox comes crashing into focus. It’s a moment where all points converge, and the song’s slow methodical build blooms into the fuller sound of the E.P. itself. Heartbox is a…

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Review | girlfriend – 3AM rituals

The Last Mixed Tape reviews 3AM rituals, the debut extended play from garage-rock outfit girlfriend.  It’s no secret that I am a bit of an old tart for raw, unkempt garage-rock. I love the mistakes, the unbridled invention and the total commital it takes to go that far with your music. And 3AM rituals has all of…

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Review | Just Mustard – Just Mustard E.P.

The Last Mixed Tape reviews the self-titled new extended play from Dundalk based dream-pop outfit Just Mustard. The dense haze of droning noise and thrashing rhythm that populates Just Mustard is a testament to finely crafted sound of the record’s namesake. As a band Just Mustard seem to have their music under conplete control, even when it sounds…

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Review | Flecks – Girl

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Girl, the debut extended play from Dublin based synth-pop act Flecks. Atmosphere is a word I often use in reviews, and the thing about atmosphere is that it’s incredibly difficult to build one and even more difficult for it to be believable. Such is the case with a the dramatic synth…

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Review | Kobina – Sentinel Island

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Sentinel Island, the brand new extended play from electronic artist Kobina. Clarity is not always essential in music, sometimes sounds awash with distant reverb or echoed hints of melodies and rhythm give us the aftermath, the calm after the storm. This is the case with Kobina’s Sentinel Island. Through out his latest…

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Review | Kate Dineen – Great Escape

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Great Escape,  the debut extended play from atmospheric-folk songwriter Kate Dineen. I cared about what was being said in Great Escape. I wanted to know the full-story behind it, Kate Dineen’s inward pointed lyricism is a great fascination, where all is laid bare but still seems to keep a sense of mystery…

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