Catherine and Gerald O-Connell's work as Lives Of Angels quietly and subtly helped to define a whole generation of post-punkers for the greater part of the 1980s. Much like other luminaries of the scene at the time, the couple have remained in the shadows of time, highly praised by the collectors but barely ever cited by the mainstream, and if that's not punk then we don't know what is. Dark Entries are doing the honours of course, and the imprint have managed to license a whole bag of previously released and unreleased material, the former from a bunch of dusty cassettes which are now going for gold on the second-hand market. This was the era of the drum machine, and these 11 tunes are all carried by that unmistakable analogue swing, at times harsh and leaning into something tech-minded, and at other times playful and quirky, a tendency which defined this outfit and the time in which they operated. What a record; this is another Dark Entries monster.
Following the recent killer Favicon EP by Runaway's Jacques Renault, the ever so tiny but ever so great Hole In The Sky imprint throw the focus back on Australasian talent with the debut release by Sydney collective Tortoiseshell. "This Girl" covers all the bases of the bands influences such as Talking Heads, ESG, A Certain Ratio and Roxy Music and makes for a particularly breezy four minutes of disco pop which is no doubt complemented by the production skills of Canyons. More exciting for us is the Dub version from the vastly under rated Sydney production duo that completes the release. Canyons beef up the bass line, submerge the vocals in blissful echo and add some much needed neck snap quality to the drums.