A Winged Victory for the Sullen

Saturday, 27 August 2011, 0:16 | Category : Reviews, Video
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A Winged Victory For The Sullen is the new project combining the talents of Stars Of The Lid founder Adam Wiltzie and LA-based composer Dustin O’Halloran. It seems to bring together what they’re both best at, and form something greater than the sum of their parts. So there’s definite traces of SOTL’s ambient guitar-washed drone, [...]

Beirut - The Rip Tide

Monday, 22 August 2011, 23:55 | Category : Reviews
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Until now, you’d have been excused for thinking that there were two Beiruts – one the creator of lush, brass-fuelled Balkan or Mexican sway-alongs (see the first two and a half albums) and the other the purveyor of obtuse bedroom electronics (Realpeople Holland and the Rough Trade digital EP). But somehow, on Zac Condon’s fourth [...]

She Keeps Bees - Dig On

Thursday, 28 July 2011, 11:46 | Category : Reviews
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Last week saw the release of the new She Keeps Bees album Dig On. It hardly seems any time since their previous full-length Nests, but a quick glance at the calendar reveals that was two years ago. It certainly left its mark on my ears. In the intervening time, the band - Jessica Larrabee and [...]

Lau vs. Adem - Ghosts EP

Friday, 27 May 2011, 1:08 | Category : Remixes, Reviews, Video
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Your first impression of Lau may be of pretty traditional folk music, but they’re an adventurous bunch who are keen to explore the boundaries of their music. After their last full album Arc Light in 2009, they’ve embarked on a project to record three EPs with different people, showcasing different influences of their sound. The [...]

Family Fodder - Classical Music

Friday, 26 November 2010, 15:15 | Category : Reviews
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This review first appeared on The Line of Best Fit.
“Make it strange / Every way / That you can” is a lyric on the new album by Family Fodder that could easily be band’s manifesto. But they’re too clever to set this out up front. Although this line’s in the sixth track, by the time [...]

Let’s Wrestle - In the Court of the Wrestling Let’s

Wednesday, 10 November 2010, 1:08 | Category : Reviews
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Thank goodness for reissues. Not something I’d usually say, since so many are lazy repackagings to squeeze more money out of old fans. However, they might just sometimes win some new ones. So I’m grateful that Full Time Hobby have re-released Let’s Wrestle’s debut album In the Court of the Wrestling Let’s, which first came [...]

Richard Youngs - Beyond the Valley of Ultrahits

Friday, 16 July 2010, 11:44 | Category : Reviews
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This review first appeared on Bearded Magazine.
Glasgow has long been celebrated for its independent music – plenty hot new bands, artists and scenes have come out of there in the past few decades, but you can be sure that no media flurry about music in that city will ever mention the name Richard Youngs.
There [...]

Meursault - All Creatures Will Make Merry

Thursday, 17 June 2010, 13:29 | Category : Reviews
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It’s about bloody time I got round to writing my review for this album. On the other hand, I’ve had it for long enough now to have given it enough listens to be clear that it’s one of the best albums of the year. I’ve gone on long enough about how Meursault are one of [...]

Konono No.1 - Assume Crash Position

Wednesday, 9 June 2010, 22:49 | Category : Reviews
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Here’s my review of the new Konono No.1 album, which first appeared on Bearded. Speaking of which, have you seen their new website? It’s good.
The tale of Konono No.1 makes a pleasant change from the usual band formation story. You can guess what that is: something like “we met at uni, found we were all [...]

Daniel Bjarnason - Processions

Wednesday, 12 May 2010, 12:46 | Category : Reviews
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Sorry I’ve been absent from here for so long. Normal life has taken over, squeezing out all blogging time, and only allowing for the odd Tweet here and there. But now I’m back with a backlog of interviews, reviews and other good new stuff to report to y’all.
Since you last heard from me, I’ve done [...]