mon 21/01/2019

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Kikok - Sauna

Thomas H Green

Russian trio Gnoomes have created small waves over the last couple of years with their woozy psychedelia. One of its defining factors is the way the band have utilised Soviet-era synthesizers. During the Cold War it wasn’t only weaponry and the space race that defined the endless competitiveness between the United States and the USSR; the technologies of sound were also an area of rivalry.

CD: The Twilight Sad - It Won/t Be Like This All The Time

Lisa-Marie Ferla

The disappearance of a band for a while calls for a re-set. A reminder, perhaps, of why you fell for them in the first place.

CD: The Dandy Warhols - Why You So Crazy

Guy Oddy

Why You So Crazy is a woozy, disorientating and spaced-out affair with a similar understated production to the Dandy Warhols last album, 2016’s...

CD: Morrissey and Marshall - And So It Began...

Liz Thomson

Well this is a treat. Darren Morrissey and Greg Marshall, London-based Dubliners who began their musical life in the fair city as front men of...

CD: William Tyler - Goes West

Kieron Tyler

Its Dali-esque sleeve image captures Goes West perfectly. Over its 10 instrumental tracks, the music drifts inwards from outside as if introducing...

CD: Abdesselam Damoussi and Nour Eddine - Jedba

Tim Cumming

Mesmerising musical ecstasies from Morocco

DVD/Blu-ray: Under the Tree

Markie Robson-Scott

Summer in Iceland and the living's not easy: a devastating suburban satire

CD: Katie Doherty & The Navigators - And Then

Liz Thomson

Award-winning Geordie folk musician returns with long awaited second album

CD: Monzen Nakacho - Necropolis Spaceway

Thomas H Green

South coast synth wizard's second album delivers a punchy, tuneful electronic odyssey

CD: Pedro the Lion - Phoenix

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Redemption and rebirth in a return to old haunts and old names

VOD: 1985

Tom Birchenough

Black-and-white style and emotional heft fuel restrained gay-themed family drama

CD: Lorelle Meets the Obsolete – De Facto

Barney Harsent

The Mexican duo return with a head-spinning album of considered contrasts

CD: Venom - Storm the Gates

Guy Oddy

Black metallists reconvene for some further ear damage

DVD/Blu-ray: The Rider

Graham Fuller

Modern Western tells the true story of a young rodeo star after his career is cut short

CD: You Tell Me - You Tell Me

Kieron Tyler

Union of Admiral Fallow and Field Music members favours the latter over finding a new voice

CD: Yak - Pursuit of Momentary Happiness

Thomas H Green

Solid return for loud-rockin' London trio

CD: Daniel Knox - Chasescene

Mark Kidel

More French chanson than Americana

Blu-ray: Daisies

Graham Rickson

Surrealist gem from 1960s Czechoslovakia

Albums of the Year 2018: Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

Jo Southerd

Cynicism and crippling self-doubt on relevant, relatable record

Albums of the Year 2018: Ashley McBryde - Girl Going Nowhere

Ellie Porter

Charismatic country singer arrives with her Grammy-nominated major-label debut

Albums of the Year 2018: Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer

Owen Richards

Irresistible pop nuggets delivered a message of positivity and social change

Albums of the Year 2018: Joan Baez - Whistle Down the Wind

Liz Thomson

Joan Baez bows out with an album that deserves all the plaudits

Albums of the Year 2018: Mari Kalkun - Ilmamõtsan

Kieron Tyler

Estonian singer-songwriter unites beauty and an understated power

Albums of the Year 2018: William Parker - Voices Fall From The Sky

Peter Quinn

A profoundly beautiful paean to the human voice

Albums of the Year 2018: Ry Cooder - The Prodigal Son

Mark Kidel

Music that stirs the soul in a year of increasingly dangerous politics

Albums of the Year 2018: St Vincent - MassEducation

Russ Coffey

The New Yorker's once-more-with-feeling reboot was impossible to resist

Albums of the Year 2018: Helena Hauff - Qualm

Joe Muggs

The basic growls and howls of acid techno have power on and off the dancefloor

Albums of the Year 2018: The Gloaming - Live at the NCH

Tim Cumming

Pushing back the boundaries of contemporary folk

DVD/Blu-ray: Postcards from London

Tom Birchenough

Shades of Caravaggio and Francis Bacon beguile in Soho gay art history fantasy

newsletter

Get a weekly digest of our critical highlights in your inbox each Thursday!

Simply enter your email address in the box below

View previous newsletters

latest in today

Nolan: Australia's Maverick Artist, BBC Four review – a...

Reckless, unstoppable, one step ahead of everyone else, a hell of a lot of fun, utterly charming, street smart – descriptions of the artist Sidney...

Van Woerkum, BBCPO, Gernon, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester rev...

In contrast to a classic film soundtrack played live with the film, the idea in "symphonic cinema" is that the music, and its interpretation, come...

Daniel Sloss, Leicester Square Theatre review - toxic mascul...

Daniel Sloss's latest show is called X, to denote his 10th show. The Scottish comic started in comedy as a teenager in 2009 when a lot of...

CD: Kikok - Sauna

Russian trio Gnoomes have created small waves over the last...

Black Lake, Series 2 Finale, BBC Four review - Swedish chill...

A bunch of young-ish people stuck in a rambling house in the middle of nowhere, a hatchet-faced senior citizen guarding a hoard of...

Reissue CDs Weekly: Charles Mingus

Releases dedicated to previously unisssued live recordings can be tricky. The variables at play don’t necessarily ensure that what’s in the shops...

CD: The Twilight Sad - It Won/t Be Like This All The Time

The disappearance of a band for a while calls for a re-set. A reminder, perhaps, of why you fell for them in the first...

Bang on a Can All-Stars, Kings Place review - a kaleidoscope...

Julia Wolfe, Caroline Shaw, Anna Þorvaldsdóttir: three names on quite a list I reeled off earlier this week when someone asked me why...

theartsdesk Q&A: Hedvig Mollestad, Norway's bridge...

Norway’s Hedvig Mollestad Trio reset the dial to what...