LITTLE SIMZ : SOMETIMES I MIGHT BE INTROVERT

LABEL : AGE 101 MUSIC ALBUM IN A SENTENCE :  IF IT GAVE NOTHING ELSE, 2021 WAS THE YEAR THAT GAVE US SOMETIMES I MIGHT BE INTROVERT Start with the obvious. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert is an instant classic album. If you take a definition of a classic album as a work that commandsContinue reading “LITTLE SIMZ : SOMETIMES I MIGHT BE INTROVERT”

PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING : BRIGHT MAGIC

LABEL: TEST CARD RECORDINGS / PIAS ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: Deeper than a bus tour ride around the city of lights. Public Service Broadcasting are a band with an uncanny knack for giving the public what they want while making music you didn’t know you needed. The group, headed by J. Willgoose Esq, have builtContinue reading “PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING : BRIGHT MAGIC”

ADIA VICTORIA : A SOUTHERN GOTHIC

LABEL: ATLANTIC ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: Roots music that stays cool while it captures a kettle full of Southern heat. What makes a record cool as opposed to good or great? I half remember a favourite Melody Maker review of Dummy by Portishead where the reviewer said when they listened to this record on theirContinue reading “ADIA VICTORIA : A SOUTHERN GOTHIC”

STREAM TO THE RIVER #9: FOLKTEMBER

It’s a bumper playlist this month to reflect the listening that I’ve been doing for FOLKTEMBER. I’ve been learning that although the British and Irish Folk scene is pretty much as it always is, full of very talented musicians producing the goods with incredible technique, there’s still potential for exploration and experimentation. I’ve tried toContinue reading “STREAM TO THE RIVER #9: FOLKTEMBER”

BARBARA PRAVI : ON N’ENFERME PAS LES OISEAUX

LABEL: CAPITOL MUSIC FRANCE ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: A confident, fresh survey of how the chanson tradition sounds in 2021. I was trying to prove a point to a friend in the pub about something totally different. My point was roughly that in a culture glut, confidence and freshness, embracing what you believe in, goesContinue reading “BARBARA PRAVI : ON N’ENFERME PAS LES OISEAUX”

AGA UJMA : SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE (DELUXE)

LABEL: SLOW DANCE ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: EXPERIMENTS IN POLISH FOLK WITH INDONESIAN INSTRUMENTATION WEAVE A FRESH DREAMWORLD Aga Ujma was born into a small town in South West Poland, which she describes as being ‘quite conservative but open-minded and extremely loving at the same time.’ That may express a tension for Aga Ujma inContinue reading “AGA UJMA : SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE (DELUXE)”

NATHAN SALSBURG : PSALMS

LABEL: NO QUARTER ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: A personal exploration of Jewish identity in a Midwest USA setting Two quotes about the Psalms. Germaine Greer, in a forum in 2012, was cited as identifying ‘the Psalms as the high point in all the voices of human yearning for God.’ Christian pastor and Bible translator EugeneContinue reading “NATHAN SALSBURG : PSALMS”

STREAM TO THE RIVER #8: DOGDAYS, POLYRHYTHMS & ALGORITHMS

This is the latest playlist in the Stream to the River series. If I tried it out over summer and liked it, it made the list. It’s mostly jazzy and selected from suggestions from the algorithm, but it still had to have the human touch.