Mimskoh Reviews: Hozier by Hozier

I’ve been very excited about this album since Hozier first released his first EP late last year. I knew i was interested from the first few bars of “Take Me to Church.”

Thankfully the self titled debut album doesn’t disappoint. Starting off strong with the two headline tracks from the EP (“Take Me to Church” and the feistier “Angel of Small Death and the Codiene scene”), the first new material we hear is “Jackie and Wilson.” A love song that pays homage to Jackie Wilson about growing old. With all of the blues guitar, backing choir, bittersweet lyrics and artistically imperfect production one could possibly hope for. The theme continues with “Someone New” and then takes a slightly darker turn with “To be Alone.” Here, despite this being a new full band version we haven’t heard before, Hozier brings in a more personal guitar solo and creates a more simplistic sound.

After, we are cheered up a little by the top solo from the second EP “From Eden.” Hozier then goes full folk on “In a Week” featuring Karen Cowley, with dark lyrics about love and murder sung in airy tones. The album moves on to “Sedated” and we’re back to the bluesey guitar and voice breaking with emotion.  Hozier then starts showing off his songwriting, bringing some very Gospel Themes into “Work Song” which works so well contrasted to the folksy “Like Real People Do.” “It Will Come Back” is rockier and more similar to Hozier’s earlier stuff, whereas “Foreigners God,” about not fitting into a culture is one of the more unusual tracks on the album. Here Hozier uses a tension building drum line and relies less on the Guitar, making it more similar to “Take Me To Church.” Finally the live version of “Cherry Wine” brings the whole album together with simple acoustic guitar and a quiet, tired voice.

This is a fantastic album. The listener can tell the entire thing is meticulously planned and produced. Though some have complained that the album is too long I would actually say the length works to make the album its own entity instead of maybe becoming the sum of two EPs. Hozier has played to his strengths, utilizing his emotion filled voice with poetic lyricism to bring in the audience.  From the initial chords of church organ blues on “Take me to Church” to the dawn chorus as the last notes of “Cherry Wine” fade away, Hozier makes it all seem so simple and so easy.

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Mimskoh Introduces: MOKSHA

Bath/Luxembourg based band MOKSHA released their self titled debut EP at a live show in Bath on Friday, October 18th.

Mixing influences such as Foals, Grizzly Bear and Tame Impala as well as The Doors and Arctic Monkeys, MOKSHA is a psychedelic-indie band that started in 2012. Their popularity in Luxembourg grew immensely after some early summer gigs. Now the band is now fresh from recording and has released their debut EP with Ghost City recordings. Check them out!

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Ghostbusters’ 30th Anniversary Marshmellow-Scented Vinyl

This year, the Ghostbusters franchise will celebrate 30 years since their classic comedy first premiered in theaters. So far, the celebration has included a theatrical re-release of the film in late August. Plus, there are rumors of a possible re-boot featuring an all-female cast. On October 21st, the franchise will release the original Ghostbusters theme song on a white, 12” single, packaged in a jacket that will smell like marshmellows!


According to their website, the record will also feature Run DMC’s “Ghostbusters” rap from Ghostbusters 2. The collectible has already been back-ordered but those lucky fans also will get ‘Stay Puft’ themed images from the film, collages and a figurine. Since only 3000 copies of this limited edition record will be released, each copy will have a numbered certificate of authenticity making it an interesting addition to any collection.

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Mimskoh Review | Syro by Aphex Twin

There’s no doubt that electronic dance music is a staple in current popular culture. EDM festivals are bigger than ever and lately, EDM and Pop music seem to suggest that anything electronic must be made for the dance floor by molding songs around bass-drops. Some say that this is the best time for electronic music. While others argue that EDM is too easy to make and that can be done by anyone with a computer (or smartphone in some cases). However, Aphex Twin returns after 13 years to silence both sides of the debate with Syro, an electronic album composed of unique instruments and rhythms that question what you thought you knew about great electronic music.

Now 43 years old, Aphex Twin’s music has inspired artists from Radiohead to Kanye West to Skrillex. Syro reminds us of his influence by keeping it simple. Instead of trying to create a style that spurs trends, he silences everyone with 90’s influenced rhythms and sounds that can’t be found on the most current of sound boards.

“Aphex Twin’s Syro gives current EDM lovers an opportunity hear something new from the musician who may have started it all.”

Syro is made up of 12 tracks between 3 and 10 minutes long. Each title is completely unique. Some describe the instruments used on the album while others are simply made up words. The album starts off smooth with “minipops 67[120.2][sourcefield mix]” and filters into the complicated but enjoyable “XMAS_EVET10 [120][thanton3 min]”. Later, “CIRCLONT6A [141.98][syrobonkus mix]” mixes mutilated vocals with compelling sounds. The album finishes on a slightly calmer not with “aisatsana [102]” a relaxing song simply featuring piano chords and whimsical nature sounds.

On this album, Aphex Twin is making no attempt to force relevancy. There are few traces of current trends in his music. He seems to be making no attempt at forcing your attention through popular means. So, instead of screaming “I’m Back!”, Syro whispers “Remember this?”. As intelligent and fun as it comes, Aphex Twin’s Syro gives current EDM lovers an opportunity hear something new from the musician who may have started it all.

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Mimskoh Reviews: Gist Is by Adult Jazz


Following on from my Alt-J album review yesterday, I wanted to share an album from a brand new band of a similar ilk. Adult Jazz, like Alt-J, formed in Leeds and have forged a very similarly interesting sound. Recorded and produced by themselves in a self built studio over a four year period, and released on their own label, Spare Thought, they are an indie band in every sense of the word, which makes the quality of this debut album, Gist Is, even more impressive.

Like Alt-J, they have a wonderful mix of styles, layered together to create something weird and unique. They flirt with folk, jazz, soul and pop, mixed with another fantastic vocal and some brilliantly odd and sometimes nonsensically strange lyrics. Another interesting dynamic to the band is the length of their tracks, equally comfortable creating songs of an average 3 – 4 minute length as well as long 8 minute plus tracks as well as the shortest track on the album ‘Be A Girl’ being only 2 minutes 30, this up and down pace keeps you listening in fear of missing something.

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Mercury Prize Nominations 2014


It’s that time of year again, or at least it was a couple of weeks ago, when the nominees for the Mercury Music Prize 2014 were announced. The prize nominates the best British albums of the year and awards the winner £20,000. It has become a very important date on the UK music scene calendar and has helped propel some smaller acts to a bigger status as people go out of their way to listen to the nominees, giving the artists a major sales boost. The winner last year, James Blake’s Overgrown, saw a 2500% sales increase off the back of lifting the award.

It has it’s flaws however, and one huge flaw in particular, you have to pay to be considered. Yes it’s a minimal fee, it’s around £200, and given the publicity you receive in return it is well worth it, however if you are a small band then £200 still needs to be found and if after that you aren’t nominated it is good money straight down the drain. It also takes away some of the prize’s credibility, it shouldn’t be about money or the publicity campaign, it should be about picking the actual best album of the year and if that band or artist doesn’t stump up the money then, no matter how good their album may be, they can’t be taken in to consideration. This is something that the Mercury Prize needs to address in my opinion.

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Mimskoh Reviews: This Is All Yours by Alt-J

Back in 2012 Alt-J released their debut album An Awesome Wave. It was met, and rightly so, with critical acclaim and went on to win the Mercury Music Prize, the prize for the years best British album. It truly was a brilliant album and if you haven’t already done so I very much recommend that you wrap your ears around that one.

Over the two years that have followed a lot has happened to the band. Whilst dealing with their new found fame and the pressure that comes with that leading up to the second album, a large and hotly anticipated live tour plus many festival appearances, they became the big new thing of the indie music scene all over the world. announcing an American tour at the end of 2013. However this possibly all took it’s toll as it was announced in January that founding member Gwil Sainsbury would be leaving the band due to personal reasons, though the remaining band members, with Gwil’s blessing, decided to carry on. This has heaped pressure on to the band to follow up An Awesome Wave with something of equal quality and individuality, and in ‘This Is All Yours’ I believe they have done just that, and some.

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Playlisting: Last Week’s Best 9/13 – 9/20

Welcome back! After weeks (more like months) of getting settled in LA, I am finally ready to start posting on here again. And it looks like I picked a good week to return.

This week’s #songoftheweek, comes from Pinewood Social, the project of Nashville composer Tyler Ewing. His newest track “Breathe” mends indie-rock, pop and electronic together seamlessly. The song features singer, Hannah Ard who adds brooding and powerful vocals to an already memorable rhythm.

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Playlisting: Last Week’s Best

We’re at that great part of the year when many artists are gearing up to release their new albums in preparation for their Fall tours. There has been lots of good albums floating out in the blogosphere but personally, I’m looking forward to Alt-J‘s This Is All Yours. So of course the song of the week is, “Every Other Freckle” with The Chainsmokers “KANYE” as a close second.

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