Think Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, Sun Ra's Arkestra and early 80s Fall joining forces for a thirty minute set of Sonic Youth covers, and you're on the right track. Sort of. No, not even close, actually. An entirely unique proposition, there is only one band you need to get in your life right now.
5 Dec 2017
Hello friends, the albums of the year came out on Sunday. Vapour Trail has an illustrious history of really trying with albums of the year and not trying so much with songs. This year, we carry on in that vain. Below is a list of the 37 songs we enjoyed the most this year. I'm gonna assume you've heard them all, but if not I think you should correct that.
3 Dec 2017
Hello friends, on top of the morning to you. It is I, Cal Cashin. I have been alive for the whole year, and whilst I was breathing, eating, and shitting, some music came out. Lots of the publications out there are releasing their end of year lists now. Some of them are good. Some of them are not. This is the best one and you should listen to every single album on it.
1 Dec 2017
Halloween has been and gone but nonetheless rising from the depths of London’s underground comes Headcut the moniker of Holly Mullineaux a London-based artist by the way of Portsmouth inspired by seventies goth and post-punk.
Purveyors of psychedelic greatness, Trouble In Mind Records seemingly cannot do any wrong with their output. With releases from the likes of Mikal Cronin, Jacco Gardner, Doug Tuttle, Morgan Delt, Night Beats and countless others, the Chicago imprint have just announced that the excellent ‘Olden Yolk’ have joined their super-heavyweight roster.
28 Nov 2017
Hello, Cal Cashin here. Everybody knows the best TV programme of their youth was Raven. If your Year 2 playtime didn't consist of you recreating the Way Of The Warrior, what did it consist of? From his eternal catchphrase of "Let the Challenge Begin", to his raven's head staff, the Celtic bird spirit of Raven is the most iconic figure of all of our pasts.
I interviewed James Mackenzie, aka Raven himself, for a uni project that shan't ever see the light of day, so in order for my interview to see the light of day I thought to publish it here. Let the interview begin.
The Love Company are a London based hypnagogic pop group, forged by the singular vision of lead singer and guitarist Ryan Tennant. New single Heaven Is A Place I Call Your Arms arrives to you exclusively through Vapour Trail, a misty eyed love song as sexy as it is romantic, as raunchy as it is pretty.
13 Nov 2017
Peeping Drexels are a South London group responsible for some of the coolest visual art and most effortless country garage tunes this side of the river. Their second cumming is The Goof, a higgledy piggledy rockabilly that teems with youthful energy and lyrics most sinister.
Teenage venom seeps through the pores of The Goofs angular groove, whilst words are barked like a rabid mutt that feels no shame in goofing. The sleazy malignancy that haunts their first record mangles with a rural country twang, making for one anthem for the disenfranchised youth.
22 Oct 2017
2013’s 6 Feet Beneath the Moon is a minimalistic sonic depiction of the darkened streets of South London. The project is a less eroded version of the demo quality material previously performed under his Zoo Kid guise. Although presenting some innovative guitar work and interesting fusion with alternative R&B, ultimately the album came off as tediously mellow. In fact with the exception of the tracks A Lizard State and Easy Easy, the record plods along at the pace of a garden snail.
A New Place 2 Drown is King Krule’s venture into lo-fi hip hop. Released simply under the name “Archy Marshall” the synthetic instrumentation does more to compliment the groans and growls he spits over the beats creating the essence of a steamy hotboxed teenage bedroom.
It’s easy to dismiss Marshall as quite loathsome, the trite stereotypical stoner attitude he presents makes the eyes roll. Marshall turned down the opportunity to work with Kanye West recently simply stating he “couldn't be bothered”. This summarises the persona he presents and it often bleeds into his musical output.
20 Oct 2017
Before committing their true potential as one of South London's best live groups to a record that captured their ferocious energy, Dead Pretties have announced their split.
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19 Oct 2017
Admittedly I’m getting quite pretentious in my tastes as of late where I’m actively seeking out music from across the world spanning across the decades and Peruvian cumbia has been dominating a bit of my listening habits lately. To my joy, Los Bitchos currently residing in London have seemingly come out of nowhere and helped satisfy my cravings for new sounds.
18 Oct 2017
Vuelveteloca are titans of the Chilean psych scene, heavyweights whose confidence and self assurance seeks through the pores of the dreamworld they create with their motorik psychedelic rhythms. In preparation for their fifth album Sonora, they present us with Cientologia & Altiplano; an eight minute song on which they combine searing Sabbathian riffs with motorik looping drums that rhythmically shroud everything they do in a kind of ever-momentous interzone, something that stretches out into the distance eternally.
Firstly in case of any confusion and possible anxiety, Mystic Peach aren’t an anthropomorphic fruit practicing mysticism but instead a new psychedelic outfit who are the latest to emerge from the ever emerging Hampshire psychedelic scene along with their contemporaries such as Melt Dunes, Is Bliss, Drug Store Romeos, Barbudo and Dead Rabbits.
Friends, peers, countrymen; the day is upon us. The day where, I Cal Cashin, your friend and savant ranks the 34 albums (including Slates, and Bingo Masters Break Out) of The mighty Fall. Not many bands have this many albums, and none have this many that are undeniably brilliant. From their scratchy early days, through their mid-80s pop renaissance and their surprisingly excellent latter period, no one can ever agree on what the band's best work is. Most people prompt for early 80s. Those people are right. However, discussion about just which albums are best never ceases to cease. To end all discussion, to have the final say, I present you the Definitive Rank.