sun 20/08/2017

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Portico Quartet - Art In The Age Of Automation

Guy Oddy

It seems quite a shock to consider that it’s now ten years since Portico Quartet’s breakthrough album Knee-Deep In The North Sea was released to much acclaim and a Mercury Prize nomination for its melding together of jazz, ambient electronic and minimalist sounds. Since then, the Londoners’ sound has edged progressively away from their cool jazz foundation until they finally whole-heartedly embraced a more electronic vibe as the three-piece, Portico in 2014.

CD: Mogwai - Every Country's Sun

Javi Fedrick

Mogwai’s ability to create both frighteningly intense and gorgeously understated compositions has led to them being one of post-rock’s most celebrated and accessible bands. In recent years, they’ve increasingly become known for their unnerving and ingenious soundtracks (most recently Atomic, which underscored Mark Cousins' documentary Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise).

Blu-ray: Ronin

Jasper Rees

There are three bravura scenes in Ronin that merit the price of acquisition. Two of them are French car chases, one along the twisting alleys of Nice...

CD: Man Duo - Orbit

Kieron Tyler

True to their name, Finland’s Man Duo are male and there are two of them. The better-known half is former Helsinki tram driver Jaakko Eino Kalevi....

CD: Gogol Bordello - Seekers and Finders

Thomas H Green

As a live phenomenon Gogol Bordello are unstoppable, a crowd-whipping Balkan-punk storm that sweeps venues away with them. For some years this...

DVD/Blu-ray: The 5000 Fingers of Dr T

Graham Rickson

A welcome return for Dr Seuss's mind-bending fantasy

CD: Dent May - Across the Multiverse

Kieron Tyler

Directness trumps the calculating on US singer-songwriter’s fourth album

CD: Lucky Soul – Hard Lines

Barney Harsent

The British pop band return with a timeless collection that's perfect for right now

CD: Kesha - Rainbow

Thomas H Green

Kesha's comeback is full of vim and studded with gems which bode well for the future

DVD/Blu-ray: American Gods

Nick Hasted

Divine immigration epic from Neil Gaiman

CD: Richard Thompson - Acoustic Classics II

Russ Coffey

Another unplugged journey around the old master's back-catalogue

CD: The Duke Spirit - Sky is Mine

Javi Fedrick

Fifth album from London alt-rockers comes on thoughtful but tough

DVD/Blu-ray: The Tree of Wooden Clogs

Tom Birchenough

Overwhelming humanism in Ermanno Olmi's neo-realist masterpiece

CD: ZGTO - A Piece of the Geto

Thomas H Green

Detroit duo take hip hop off the rails into outright strangeness

CD: Offa Rex - The Queen of Hearts

Tim Cumming

Olivia Chaney and Portland's Decemberists channel the golden age of English folk rock

CD: Rat Boy - SCUM

Thomas H Green

Occasionally invigorating, often irritating debut from cheerfully loud-mouthed geezer and band

DVD/Blu-ray: Wakefield

Jasper Rees

Bryan Cranston plays a man who leaves his home in order to spy on it

CD: James Heather - Stories From Far Away on Piano

Thomas H Green

Nine piano pieces that announce a new contender

DVD/Blu-ray: The Levelling

Nick Hasted

Director's fine debut finds sad secrets in rural England

CD: Girl Ray - Earl Grey

Kieron Tyler

London trio’s debut album is a winning update of Eighties indie archetypes

CD: Randy Newman - Dark Matter

Russ Coffey

The veteran songsmith's latest LP swaps the political for the personal

CD: Black Grape - Pop Voodoo

Guy Oddy

Shaun Ryder and Kermit unexpectedly bounce back after 20 years

DVD/Blu-ray: Der müde Tod

David Nice

Stunning images and lavish detail in Fritz Lang's four interlinked fantasies

CD: Ben Lukas Boysen & Sebastian Plano - Everything

Joe Muggs

Underneath a tasteful surface lies profundity if you immerse yourself

CD: The Isley Brothers & Santana - Power of Peace

Thomas H Green

Guitar legends join forces for an underwhelming soul outing

Blu-ray: Terror in a Texas Town

Mark Kidel

Hollywood blacklist Western with contemporary resonance

CD: The Fall - New Facts Emerge

Javi Fedrick

The original and eternal post-punk Mancunian rumpus-maker returns

CD: Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life

Thomas H Green

The queen of doomed, widescreen melancholia returns with an overdose of sultry slow-burners

CD: Alice Cooper - Paranormal

Guy Oddy

Alice returns to give his theatrical stylings an alt-rock make-over

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