The background: KAS-tro are excellent purveyors of dark, experimental electronic music. Jake Bugg fans should probably alight here. KAS-tro are serious students of extreme, richly detailed, haunting yet hard-hitting slow-motion electronica. They first met at an east London music school that Russell runs for a music charity. For one recent project, they teamed up with a group of young offenders to turn a shipping container into an immersive audiovisual installation, featuring recorded orchestral instruments and found sounds. The instrumental title track of Self Tilted has depth-charge beats, shards of witch house keyboards, startling FX and the creepy momentum of a horror movie theme. With its big beat and shuddering bass, Luzon is dance music for zombies — ghouls aloud.
New band of the week: Phoenix and the Flower Girl No Published: 27 Mar New band of the week: The Orielles No Published: 20 Mar
The background: Their perfect storm of rock, prog, psych, cosmic, tech metal and jazz fusion has earned comparisons to bands as stylistically, geographically and chronologically far-flung as Mahavishnu Orchestra and Mars Volta. The three members play, between them, about 33 instruments — from harmonium to slide guitar. It is more coherent than its predecessor, and works as a piece, even as it goes to extremes. I was immediately taken by the way it looked like an alien insect spaceship looking over a pool of reflective mercury. It was a beautiful image and the record developed from there; the idea of going on this insane hallucinogenic journey through fury, violence, madness and bliss.
New band of the week Paul Lester gives new groups a whirl, so you don't have to. New band of the week: Phoenix and the Flower Girl No Published: AM. New band of the week: The Orielles No This West Yorkshire trio ply a jangling, funky sound that has already earned props from cutie-indie legends the Pastels. Published: PM. New band of the week: The Physics House Band No — a perfect prog rock storm fit for gig veterans. Brighton trio beloved of comedian Stewart Lee whose dazzling instrumental work will appeal to ancient prog fans and young math rockers. New band of the week: Girl Ray No — lo-fi pop of teen romance with nods to 70s balladry. North London indie trio specialising in wan, winsome heartache have ambitions to rival the songwriting greats.