STREAM TO THE RIVER 7 : 51 MINUTE FESTIVAL

The lastest stream to the river playlist is a full festival experience condensed into 51 minutes. Woozy afternoons, big headliners, heavy beats and sunrise epiphanies, all there in less than an hour. Bring your own cider and takeout van.

DANIEL AVERY : TOGETHER IN STATIC

LABEL: PHANTASY SOUND ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: LONDON TECHNO WIZARD ADDS TO THE CURRENT CONVERSATION ABOUT CHURCH MUSIC. Western, white, evangelical church music is in need of reformation, or defenestration. The contemporary soundtrack of worshipping life in the 21st century paddles in polluted shallows. Formulaic stadium rock anthems dominate to create a pipeline of songsContinue reading “DANIEL AVERY : TOGETHER IN STATIC”

SQUIRREL FLOWER: PLANET (I)

LABEL: FULL TIME HOBBY / POLYVINYL ALBUM IN A SENTENCE : This is where American Alternative Rock is in 2021. Planet (I) is the second full album from singer-songwriter Ella Williams, recording as Squirrel Flower, released within 18 months. The follow up to last year’s strong debut I was born swimming, this collection of songsContinue reading “SQUIRREL FLOWER: PLANET (I)”

JAKOB BRO : UMA ELMO

LABEL: ECM ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: In collaboration with trumpeter Arve Henriksen and drummer Jorge Rossy, guitarist Jakob Bro builds freeform jazz improvisations with a strong instinct for melodic beauty. The sun is all. It bleaches colour. It flattens ambition to do anything but drift inside and beyond an afternoon half-sleep. It dries. It burns.Continue reading “JAKOB BRO : UMA ELMO”

ERLAND COOPER, SOPHIA JANSSON, KIRSI IHALAINEN : THE ISLAND 1961

LABEL: STUDIOORPHIR ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: The beauty of Tove Jansson’s 1961 essay ‘The Island’ is gently evoked through spoken word, field recordings and a Pärt-like distilled minimalist score. Tove Jansson, beloved author of the Moomin books, lived with her partner Tuulikki Pietilä for thirty summers on an austere island in the gulf of FinlandContinue reading “ERLAND COOPER, SOPHIA JANSSON, KIRSI IHALAINEN : THE ISLAND 1961”

STREAM TO THE RIVER #6 : AM/FM ALL THAT JAZZ

Time for a new playlist. This one is mostly inspired by the collective shiver that comes when a brand new great song gets played on the radio. I still believe in public service broadcasting.

HATENA : EMAIL

SELF RELEASED ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: Y2K era inspired teenage vaporwave from Australia. ‘(email)’, the eponymous opening track on the third full collection from Hatena, begins with the a dial up internet connection tone. It’s kind of the perfect sound to encapsulate the tensions that make listening to vaporwave as a genre fun. On theContinue reading “HATENA : EMAIL”

SONS OF KEMET : BLACK TO THE FUTURE

LABEL : IMPULSE! ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: Britain’s most prophetic jazz group grow in power and intensity as they draw on the source of Black power. It came as a surprise to me when I realised how political Boney M’s cover of The Melodians ‘Rivers of Babylon’ was. As a child, the song and itsContinue reading “SONS OF KEMET : BLACK TO THE FUTURE”

ICEAGE : SEEK SHELTER

LABEL: MEXICAN SUMMER ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: DANISH ROCKERS CONTINUE TO EVOLVE IN THE FACE OF THE TRANSIENCE OF EVERYTHING. Are there any rules in rock and roll? Maybe there are patterns, worn grooves in the pathway. One rock and roll rule I always believed in is that it’s impossible to be a punk forContinue reading “ICEAGE : SEEK SHELTER”