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”

KATHRYN WILLIAMS & CAROL ANN DUFFY : MIDNIGHT CHORUS

LABEL : ONE LITTLE INDEPENDENT ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: A big-hearted, full-throated, grown up throwing of the doors open to everyone who needs Christmas. I still believe in the magic of Christmas. I still believe in the story of Jesus, born to ordinary people in humble origins. I still do a check at the startContinue reading “KATHRYN WILLIAMS & CAROL ANN DUFFY : MIDNIGHT CHORUS”

ROBERT PLANT AND ALISON KRAUSS : RAISE THE ROOF

LABEL: WARNER MUSIC ALBUM IN A SENTENCE: AN ALBUM THAT IS REVERENT WITH THAT WHICH MATTERS MOST. Christian Thinker and Pastor Eugene Peterson once spoke about the relationship between the institutional and spiritual life of the church like this: “Frederick von Hugel said the institution of the church is like the bark on the tree.Continue reading “ROBERT PLANT AND ALISON KRAUSS : RAISE THE ROOF”

DEERHOOF : ACTUALLY YOU CAN

LABEL : JOYFUL NOISE RECORDINGS ALBUM IN A SENTENCE :  AN ALBUM FOR ANYONE WHO NEEDS A FRIEND AS THEY GO STRAIGHT TO VIDEO. Are you ready to go straight to video? The question is posed by Deerhoof, noise-experiment survivors from San Francisco on their 18th studio album, Actually You Can. The question is renderedContinue reading “DEERHOOF : ACTUALLY YOU CAN”

FAYE WEBSTER : I KNOW I’M FUNNY HAHA

LABEL : SECRETLY CANADIAN ALBUM IN A SENTENCE : GENTLE INDIE COUNTRY WITH SURPRISINGLY DEEP HOOKS. Released back in June, I thought I had enough confidence in my mental filing system to have I Know I’m Funny Haha by Faye Webster figured out. I thought “Good, really good, but something to celebrate on a playlistContinue reading “FAYE WEBSTER : I KNOW I’M FUNNY HAHA”

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”