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”

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”

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”

IMMANUEL WILKINS : THE 7TH HAND

LABEL : BLUE NOTE ALBUM IN A SENTENCE : JAZZ IMPROVISATION AND INSPIRATION WITHOUT COMPROMISE For his second album, leading an exceptional quartet of pianist Micah Thomas, bassist Daryl Johns and drummer Kweku Sumbry, saxophonist and composer Immanuel Wilkins explores connections between the Pentecostal experience of church life and the power of jazz improvisation. TheContinue reading “IMMANUEL WILKINS : THE 7TH HAND”

SIMONE DINNERSTEIN : UNDERSONG

LABEL : ORANGE MOUNTAIN MUSIC ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: AN ARTICULATE EXPRESSION OF THE SMALL DIGNITIES, LARGE ANXIETIES AND HUMAN SOLIDARITY OF LOCKDOWN I carried on working on site, in a warehouse, through the first lockdown. It’s only now, nearly two years later, that I am experiencing the world of homeworking, with its shortcuts, compromises,Continue reading “SIMONE DINNERSTEIN : UNDERSONG”

WHAT MUSIC MIGHT WE NEED IN 2022?

BONOBO : FRAGMENTS LABEL : NINJA TUNE MYRIAM GENDRON : MA DÉLIRE – SONGS OF LOVE, LOST & FOUND LABEL : (USA) FEEDING TUBE (EUROPE) LES ALBUMS CLAUS At the start of 2022, still shrouded in the pre-dawn frost of what this year will be, is it too much of a stretch to ask whatContinue reading “WHAT MUSIC MIGHT WE NEED IN 2022?”

BURIAL : ANTIDAWN EP

LABEL: HYPERDUB ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: BURIAL LETS THE LISTENER WALK A MILE IN HIS SHOES. Have you ever had that feeling where you feel like you’ve stumbled on the hook of a great hit song? You’re alone, pacing down a street. You have no studio, no backing band, no beat apart from the shuffleContinue reading “BURIAL : ANTIDAWN EP”

2021 Albums in Review

At the start of the year, I set myself the aim of listening to more than 50 albums. That still seems to me like a good number. It requires a continual investment in searching out and appreciating new music, but rejects any notion of expertise or authority. I achieved my target while completely losing countContinue reading “2021 Albums in Review”