Meursault - Pissing on Bonfires / Kissing With Tongues

Thursday, 15 January 2009, 13:11 | Category : Reviews
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Here’s another one from the Palace of Good Music that is Song, By Toad Records. Almost exactly a year ago, when I finally discovered Broken Records for myself, I asked Matthew for recommendations of more decent Edinburgh bands. His response was pretty swift, and suggested Meursault whom he had recently come across. Twelve months on, [...]

Eagleowl - For the Thoughts You Never Had

Tuesday, 6 January 2009, 23:53 | Category : Reviews
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It happens every year. No sooner have all the end-of-year lists been tidied up, you think you’re done with the old year’s music and moved on to a new one, something else comes along which makes you recondiser it all over again. There’s a whole load of this sort of stuff coming up here soon, [...]

Welcome to the Welcome Wagon

Saturday, 6 December 2008, 0:28 | Category : Reviews
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For all who are tired of waiting for the next album by Sufjan Stevens, this one’s for you. Even assuming that no-one actually believed that he was going to record albums for all 50 states, it’s been over three years since Illinois and there’s no indication of any new material soon. But wait. He’s not [...]

Euros Childs - Cheer Gone

Thursday, 4 December 2008, 22:11 | Category : Reviews
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Euros Childs is a hard-working man. It’s only just over two years since the official split of his former band Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, and he’s already on his fourth solo album. It may not be long till he catches up with the nine albums he recorded with Gorky’s (that took them 12 years). I guess [...]

Juana Molina - Un Dia

Thursday, 4 December 2008, 9:37 | Category : Reviews
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Imagine if Matt Lucas or David Walliams suddenly decided to stop flogging the long-dead horse of Little Britain. That would be good of course, but imagine they stopped the comedy acting altogether and started making experimental electro-acoustic music. We would be surprised. We would probably laugh. And we would certainly fear the outcome.
But that’s sort [...]

El Guincho - Alegranza!

Monday, 1 December 2008, 23:30 | Category : Reviews
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It all starts off sounding like The Avalanches doing live remixes of Animal Collective songs at an old-skool block party, and that’s just the first few seconds. It’s then followed up by a steady stream of tropical polyrhythms, African guitar licks, chanting and overall super-sunny vibes, which given the dark cold London that lies beyond [...]

Rob St John - Like Alchemy EP

Thursday, 27 November 2008, 14:08 | Category : Reviews
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It’s almost a year since I featured Edinburgh-via-Lancashire rainforest ecologist Rob St John, and it’s time to give him some profile again. Last time it was his excellent Tipping In debut EP which captured my attention. This time, it’s his second EP Like Alchemy that has won me over.
Rob St John, for those who don’t [...]