Reviewed by Tom Meluch (atmsphr.org)
It appears that prodigious one-man indie acts are the new thing these days – we have the tongue-in-cheek theatrics of Patrick Wolf, the primal cries of Panda Bear, and now the sweeping ballads of Julian Fane. The 21 year-old Canadian has crafted a strong debut with Special Forces, primarily riding strains of Thom Yorke-esque vocals and highly cinematic arrangements. The whole record, as its wintry cover image suggests, exists under a veil of frost;
Reviewed by Jennifer Coxley (angryape.com)
The fact Sigur Ros are re-issuing ‘Von’ later this month - a collection of early recordings which dates back to 1999, shows how ‘cutting edge’ Julian Fane’s take on acid-fried guitar music fails to be. This isn’t to say ‘Special Forces’ lacks the pyschedelic swash of his influences, only that Fane’s chosen path has clearly been done before.
However, with songs so dark and beautifully arranged that take elements of both
Reviewed by Jon Bailey (angryape.com)
Being compared to such huge, jaw-dropping names as Radiohead and Sigur Ros before actually releasing anything, can either go one way or the other; the inevitable failing to cope with the hype, or it means Julian Fane has just recorded one of the most intelligent and brilliantly executed albums of the year.
As a taster for things to come, Planet Mu release ‘Safety Man’ - a one-off promotional 7", which lifts the main track from the ‘Special
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- iTAL tEK - Blood Line
- Ceephax - Megalift E.P.
- The Doubtful Guest - Electrobotz
- Milanese - Extend
- Pinch - Punisher
- Mary Anne Hobbs - Warrior Dubz
- Tim Exile - Tim Exile's Nuisance Gabbaret Lounge
- Venetian Snares - Cavalcade Of Glee And Dadaist Happy Hardcore Pom Poms
- Boxcutter - Oneiric
- Boxcutter - Tauhid
- Uniform - Protocol
- Shitmat & Friends - Gary's Gruesome Remixes
- Guilty Connector - Beats, Noise & Life
- The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble - The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble
- Venetian Snares - Hospitality
- The Gasman - This One's For You
- Breakage - Drowning
- Equinox - Acid Rain V.I.P.
- Pinch - Qawwali
- Virus Syndicate - Ready To Learn
- Virus Syndicate - Ready To Learn Remix
- Vex'd - Bombardment Of Saturn
- µ-Ziq - Ease Up