mon 06/12/2021

New releases on CD & DVD

Blu-Ray: Le Samouraï

Sebastian Scotney

Jef Costello, the lone contract killer in Le Samouraï (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967), carries out the murder of the boss of a night club. We see how meticulously he has prepared for it, including the construction of an airtight alibi involving precise times – which others will corroborate – for his arrivals and departures at locations other than the scene of the crime.

Album: Madmess - Rebirth

Guy Oddy

Madmess are a Portuguese power trio who are based in London. Muscular and (mostly) instrumental stoner rock is their thing, which may not be particularly original but with the volume turned up appropriately, their schtick is pretty transcendental stuff that feels like being caught in a wind tunnel with a jet engine.

Album: Paul Weller - An Orchestrated Songbook

Barney Harsent

It’s a far cry from his beginnings in a tight, no-frills power-pop-post-punk three piece, that’s for sure. Last May, Paul Weller took to the...

Album: DJ Harrison - Tales From the Old Dominion

Joe Muggs

The Californian label Stones Throw has long specialised in inseparably folding together the most profound and most wilfully foolish Black American...

Album: Deep Throat Choir - In Order To Know You

Kieron Tyler

Although it’s indirect, the overall feel of In Order To Know You points to where jazz and soul meet –  a space analogous to that occupied by The...

Blu-ray: Out of the Blue

Saskia Baron

Beautiful restoration of Dennis Hopper's dark portrait of a family mired in abuse

Album: Arca - KICK ii / KICK iii / KICK iiii

Joe Muggs

Gothic darkness, ultrapop, high art, street music and haughty aloofness collide

Album: Justin Adams & Mauro Durante - Still Moving

Tim Cumming

A genre-crossing duo combine the blues, African and Taranta vibes on a breakout set

Album: Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit - Georgia Blue

Thomas H Green

Feted southern US singer fires out an often tasty fund-raiser of cover versions

Album: Nell & The Flaming Lips - Where The Viaduct Looms

Kieron Tyler

Never mind the Nick Cave songs, audience member hook-up with Wayne Coyne’s mavericks invites further collaboration

DVD/Blu-ray: Belleville Rendezvous

Graham Rickson

Idiosyncratic, lovable French animation, newly reissued

Album: Sunn O))) - Metta, Benevolence - BBC 6 Music: Live on the Invitation of Mary Anne Hobbs

Guy Oddy

The Kings of Drone Metal reconfigure and reinterpret for the Beeb

Album: Adele - 30

Katie Colombus

An authentic journey of emotional vulnerability

Album: Elbow - Flying Dream 1

Barney Harsent

Eschewing big-arena balladeering, Guy Garvey and co have staged a revolution for no 9

Album: Deap Vally - Marriage

Guy Oddy

Heavy blues rockers are back with a bang

Album: Willie Nelson - The Willie Nelson Family

Liz Thomson

God's own country music

Blu-ray: One of Our Aircraft Is Missing

Graham Fuller

The tense 1942 Powell and Pressburger RAF drama that salutes the Dutch Resistance

Album: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Raise the Roof

Mark Kidel

Brilliant formula still makes for gold

Album: Rod Stewart - The Tears of Hercules

Thomas H Green

They can smell Rod's latest set of stadium whiffers on Mars

Album: Damon Albarn - The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows

Nick Hasted

A great English pop musician in insular, melancholy solo mode

Album: Idles - Crawler

Thomas H Green

Fourth album from Bristol alt-rock pummellers lets the shade bleed through

Blu-ray: Sweet Thing

Graham Fuller

A stirring comeback for writer-director Alexandre Rockwell

Album: Jon Hopkins - Music for Psychedelic Therapy

Mark Kidel

Music to get well with

Album: Susanna Hoffs - Bright Lights

Guy Oddy

Another pleasant collection of covers from the Bangles’ front woman

Album: ABBA - Voyage

Tim Cumming

After 40 years of silence, pop’s great quartet makes a welcome and convincing return

Album: Diana Ross - Thank You

Sebastian Scotney

Ross's album lives up to expectations. Except when it doesn't

Album: Electric Eye - Horizons

Kieron Tyler

Norwegian psych-rock with jazz and Krautrock leanings is a trip

Blu-ray: Celia

Graham Rickson

Death, rabbits and communism in a superb Australian drama

Album: Ed Sheeran - =

Nick Hasted

The diary of an ordinary pop star, aged 30

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