Blondie – Pollinator

May 15th, 2017 by

Where do you go after you perfected the three minute pop punk song and dominated what used to be fondly known as the chart? It would be easy to stop writing and just tour the hits forever and a day. Thankfully Blondie have decided that movement is better than stasis and enlisted people as diverse […]

Slowdive – Slowdive

May 11th, 2017 by

The shoe-gazing pioneers Slowdive consisting of Neil Halstead, Christian Savill, Nick Chaplin, Rachel Goswell and Simon Scott have just released their long awaited self-titled fourth album Slowdive, their first offering since 1995 and it does not disappoint. ‘Slomo’ is an expansive and atmospheric opener. The guitar sequence is beautifully subtle and emotional as it builds […]

Feist – Pleasure

May 2nd, 2017 by

Following a six year absence, Feist returns with new album, Pleasure in which singer/songwriter Leslie Feist delivers a collection of songs that reflects on secrets and shame, loneliness and tenderness, care and fatigue and is at its core a study on self-awareness. ‘Pleasure’ creeps in on a intimate little guitar riff but then segways into […]

Mark Lanegan Band – Gargoyle

May 2nd, 2017 by

A well travelled musician, you may know Mark Lanegan as much from his solo output as his time spent playing with the Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age. As one would expect, Lanegan has seemingly seen it all and he brings all of his experience to the fore on Gargoyle, his tenth solo effort.  The 10-track LP […]

Sive – The Roaring Girl

May 2nd, 2017 by

Hailing from Naas, County Kildare, Sive is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist and on her second album The Roaring Girl she certainly highlights all of the above. Aided and abetted by a cast of musicians such as Patrick Hopkins (drums),  Mark Dudley (electric guitar), Eoin Hartwieg (bass), Neil Doyle,  Cathy McEvoy, Rachel Du & Denise Doyle (violins), Niamh Roche (viola), Mary […]

Karen Elson – Double Roses

April 12th, 2017 by

Double Roses comes seven years after Karen Elson’s solo debut The Ghost Who Walks, and features collaborations with an array of musical talent, including The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, Father John Misty, Laura Marling, Benmont Tench, Pat Sansone (Wilco), Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes) and Dhani Harrison. It is inevitable that her divorce from Jack White […]

Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

April 7th, 2017 by

Father John Misty’s eagerly awaited new album, Pure Comedy delivers in spades. ‘Pure Comedy’ kicks things off on a sombre note and Josh Tillman has a voice that carries the weight and experience of a life lived, with the lyrics to match. We enter into a surrealistic suburban domesticity that finds the singer looking for […]

Aimee Mann – Mental Illness

April 5th, 2017 by

  Aimee Mann has been in the music business for a long time now, originally starting out in indie band ‘Til Tuesday in the mid-eighties. Throughout her career she has shown she knows how to craft a song, how to create an album that says something. On her ninth solo record, Mental Illness, Mann proves […]

Mastodon – Emperor of Sand

April 3rd, 2017 by

Formed in 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher, and drummer Brann Dailor, Mastodon return with  Emperor of Sand, their seventh studio album which finds the band meditating on themes of death, survival and isolation. ‘Sultan’s Curse’ is the album opener and, as you would expect, it grooves and moves heavily, […]

Paul Weller – Jawbone O.S.T.

March 13th, 2017 by

Jawbone: O.S.T. by Paul Weller is (as the title suggests) the soundtrack to the movie Jawbone. Set in the boxing world, the British production is directed by Thomas Q. Napper and written by Johnny Harris, who also stars in the film. Original soundtrack albums can be a mixed bag but there are some classics in the […]

Children of Alice – Children of Alice

March 1st, 2017 by

Children of Alice, their biography rather grandly states, have been quietly producing amorphous and intoxicating soundscapes as part of the Folklore Tapes collective for a number of years now and consists of James Cargill along with his former bandmate Roj Stevens (who played keyboards in Broadcast) and Julian House, co-founder of Ghost Box records. Their […]

Leif Vollebekk – Twin Solitude

February 25th, 2017 by

Leif Vollebekk is a Canadian singer-songwriter, based in Montreal. Twin Solitude is his latest release and it sees him in fine form with a collection of songs that are at once intimate but also evocative of endless plains and the open country. ‘Vancouver Time’ openings proceedings. It is a mellow, yet bruised, offering. Musically, it […]

Duke Garwood – Garden of Ashes

February 13th, 2017 by

Duke Garwood is a London born blues rock/experimental musician that has worked with such luminaries as Mark Lanegan, The Savages and the Archie Bronson Outfit. Garden of Ashes is his sixth album and finds our man very much in fine form both vocally and musically. The collection opens with ‘Coldblooded’ where the listener finds themselves […]

Lower Than Atlantis – Safe in Sound

February 8th, 2017 by

Lower Than Atlantis  are men on a mission on their new release Safe in Sound. As frontman Mike Duce states: “We’re headlining the biggest shows we’ve ever played so we’ve written what we think is a record big enough to be played in those venues”. How does this determination manifest in their fifth studio album? […]