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MARCH GAMES | GAMES REVIEW

MARCH GAMES | GAMES REVIEW

SEMISPHERES *** Vivid Helix, PS4 Meditative indie puzzler Semispheres utilises minimalist art, audio and mechanics in smart, unique ways to produce a strangely compelling, chilled experience. Using both sticks, players manoeuvre a pair of peculiar little orbs through increasingly complex stealth puzzles. Mechanically, it does take a little getting used to, however, the difficulty is thankfully […]

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THE MAIAS | BOOK REVIEW

THE MAIAS | BOOK REVIEW

Eça de Queiroz (Dedalus) Like many of de Queiroz’s work, The Maias is about a family and their struggles. This time the family is told to us through three generations, just like Gilmore Girls. And just like Gilmore Girls, there’s a grandparent who thinks they know best, a lost and whimsical parent who makes mistakes in […]

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JOSEPH VAN PEARCE AND THE PROPHECY OF THE DRAGON’S HEAD MEDALLION | BOOK REVIEW

JOSEPH VAN PEARCE AND THE PROPHECY OF THE DRAGON’S HEAD MEDALLION | BOOK REVIEW

C.C. Brampton (Brampton Publishers Ltd) This fantasy novel is definitely aimed at the younger generation. This judgment is not based off the age of Joseph (the main character who is 15), or off the assumption that fantasy novels are childish (if you haven’t watched/read Game of Thrones, you’ve probably heard of it and that is […]

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MARCH DEMOS | MUSIC REVIEW

MARCH DEMOS | MUSIC REVIEW

CASHUW facebook.com/cashuwmusic Everything about this EP’s looks – jewel case with black tray, cheaply photocopied sleeve, even the Impact typeface – reminds me of how all demos were presented in about 2003, but Cashuw is actually a Cardiff University student named Rachel, so presumably too young to remember that era. Here, she crafts post-rockish ambience, […]

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THE DAUGHTER OF LADY MACBETH | BOOK REVIEW

THE DAUGHTER OF LADY MACBETH | BOOK REVIEW

Ajay Close (Sandstone Press) The relationship between parent and child is always fraught with tension, but for Freya, things are even more complicated. She has never known her father and her mother remains reticent at divulging any information about him. Freya’s mother, Lilias, has never conformed to the stereotypical mother, constantly remaining aloof. Freya is forced to resort […]

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COMPASS | BOOK REVIEW

COMPASS | BOOK REVIEW

Mathias Enard (Fitzcarraldo Editions) A contemporary premise and captivating plot form the basis to this unique novel from French writer Mathias Enard. Having received critical acclaim for his previous work, the novel was awarded the Prix Goncourt prize, France’s oldest and most prestigious literary accolade when it was first published in the French language in […]

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ONE LOUDER | MUSIC FEATURE

ONE LOUDER | MUSIC FEATURE

SINCE late November, when I last wrote one of these columns, nothing has happened on a local, national or global scale that there seems any point me talking about. Meaning that February’s One Louder can once again be transformed into a CASSETTE REVIEWS COLUMN, plucking some choice magnetic spools from the last few months out […]

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FEBRUARY SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

FEBRUARY SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

BORIS A BONO **** Epoch (Cul:De:Sac) The work of an enigmatic Cardiff producer, this six-track EP is a stirring venture into abstract, intangible sound-scapes. Flowing chord sequences, jarring electronics and a hypnotic lead vocal make it easy for you to forget who you are for all of 20 minutes and experience the vivid atmospherics of […]

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WE’VE BEEN WATCHING… | FILM FEATURE

WE’VE BEEN WATCHING… | FILM FEATURE

A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS Netflix (available on Netflix) Lemony Snicket’s beautifully melancholic comic series gets given the big budget adaptation treatment once again, this time as a Netflix original series. Covering the first four books of the unfortunate series, this is a masterful transformation that captures the delightful misery of the novels. Neil Patrick […]

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FEBRUARY GAMES | GAMES REVIEW

FEBRUARY GAMES | GAMES REVIEW

THE LAST GUARDIAN **** Sie Japan Studio, PS4 With a tortured eight-year long development cycle, few games have had such an inauspicious, rocky road to release as The Last Guardian. Thankfully, Japanese developer Team Ico’s final product is a beautiful, deftly crafted and hauntingly memorable puzzle adventure game that brims with heart. Over the course […]

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