WIDOWSPEAK : THE JACKET

LABEL : CAPTURED TRACKS ALBUM IN A SENTENCE : AN ALBUM THAT ASKS ARE WE GOOD? ARE WE ENOUGH? AND DESERVES A FULLY AFFIRMATIVE RESPONSE. Everything is simple ‘til it’s not. That is a fine lyrical hook from the first single on the new album from Brooklyn’s Widowspeak. It serves well as a starting pointContinue reading “WIDOWSPEAK : THE JACKET”

STREAM TO THE RIVER #14 : FUNK AND FIERCE

There’s so much incredible indie rock around at the moment that I feel compelled to write about, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t incredible stuff released in every genre. This playlist is trying to capture some incredible releases in dance music. To make the playlist, each track had to do two things, be funky,Continue reading “STREAM TO THE RIVER #14 : FUNK AND FIERCE”

BODEGA : BROKEN EQUIPMENT

LABEL : WHATS YOUR RUPTURE? ALBUM IN A SENTENCE : A TRANSITIONAL RECORD THAT STARTS TO MOVE FROM BODEGA’S TRADEMARK SOUND. While you could argue that punk spirit is timeless, the same cannot be said for punk style. While I wouldn’t hold tightly, as I did in my youth, to a belief that you canContinue reading “BODEGA : BROKEN EQUIPMENT”

MELT YOURSELF DOWN : PRAY FOR ME I DON’T FIT IN

LABEL : DECCA ALBUM IN A SENTENCE : AN ELECTRIC SHOCK OF A GENRE SPRAWLING ALBUM Perhaps the way to try and classify an album like Pray For Me I Don’t Fit In is to play a game of Mixtape Crossroads. Which two acts could you sandwich Melt Yourself Down between on a mixtape toContinue reading “MELT YOURSELF DOWN : PRAY FOR ME I DON’T FIT IN”

MARION RAMPAL : TISSÉ

LABEL : LES RIVIÈRES SOUTERRAINES ALBUM IN A SENTENCE : A CONFIDENT GALLIC TAKE ON AMERICAN FOLK AND ROOTS MUSIC Part of family life is knowing when to get out of the way. Sometimes love looks like allowing and facilitating close relatives that you love to own the space of a special bond that neitherContinue reading “MARION RAMPAL : TISSÉ”

STREAM TO THE RIVER #13 : ALMOST ONLY INSTRUMENTALS

Stream to the River is back. After last year’s instrumentals only playlist, I thought I’d take another swing this year. As you can hear, I almost made it, but it would take a heart of stone to argue with Sō Percussion’s take on ABBA and then all bets were off. Like and share if youContinue reading “STREAM TO THE RIVER #13 : ALMOST ONLY INSTRUMENTALS”

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF : LIFE ON EARTH

LABEL : NONESUCH ALBUM IN ONE SENTENCE : Life On Earth gets as close to speaking to 2022 as any music might I’m writing this as reports start to come from Ukraine that Kiev is surrounded and Putin has threatened the use of thermobaric and nuclear weapons. By accident in this moment, but not byContinue reading “HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF : LIFE ON EARTH”

BIG THIEF : DRAGON NEW WARM MOUNTAIN I BELIEVE IN YOU

LABEL : 4AD ALBUM IN A SENTENCE : The Big Thief album where everything, even the most unexpected experiments, land in alignment. Maybe, maybe the special thing about Big Thief is the band’s talent for drawing everything into moments of alignment. Big Thief songs can be like a cloudbreak in the country when shafts ofContinue reading “BIG THIEF : DRAGON NEW WARM MOUNTAIN I BELIEVE IN YOU”

BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD : ANTS FROM UP THERE

LABEL : NINJA TUNE ALBUM IN A SENTENCE : What an album! A once in a generation album. A bandstarter. A ‘will be talked about in the 2050s’ album. A thing of wildness and beauty. My brand new favourite and best. In the almost year that Ants From Up There has woven its way intoContinue reading “BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD : ANTS FROM UP THERE”