mon 02/08/2021

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Liars - The Apple Drop

Guy Oddy

Despite being renowned for a somewhat fluid membership since their formation in 2000, it would seem that Liars has now become the solo concern of its only constant member, Angus Andrew. That’s not to say that Andrew has taken on all the instrumentation on this, the tenth album to be released under the Liars’ name though.

Album: Katherine Priddy - The Eternal Rocks Beneath

Tim Cumming

The folk world is slowly coming out of its long pandemic slumber, with Sidmouth’s month-long festival starting in the midst of Storm Evert’s high-summer arrival, and tours from the likes of fiddler extraordinaire Sam Sweeney, Eliza Carthy, and acclaimed newcomer, singer, songwriter and finger-picking guitarist Katherine Priddy, whose debut album is one of the most striking in British folk for some time.

Album: Willy Mason - Already Dead

Kieron Tyler

Already Dead’s opening cut is titled “Youth on a Spit”. As it unfolds, Willy Mason declares “I feel no pain I’ve already bled / You can’t kill me I’m...

Album: Dot Allison - Heart-Shaped Scars

Joe Muggs

Scottish singer-songwriter Dorothy Allison pretty much defines cool. Her band One Dove was the first to snare Andrew Weatherall as producer after his...

Album: Willow - Lately I Feel Everything

Thomas H Green

Willow Smith has done more during her life than the average 20-year-old. The daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, she bounced off her...

Album: Anne-Marie - Therapy

Thomas H Green

Homegrown pop star's second is predictable to the max

Album: Jackson Browne - Downhill From Everywhere

Liz Thomson

Still giving a shit

Album: Leon Bridges - Gold-Diggers Sound

Nick Hasted

Liquid soul music offers bracing uplift in Texan star's third

Album: Peyton - PSA

Joe Muggs

Perfectly smooth and subtly strange modernist Texan soul

Blu-ray: Harry Birrell Presents Films of Love & War

Graham Rickson

Implausibly epic home movies, exhumed from a garden shed

Album: Darkside - Spiral

Guy Oddy

Nicolas Jaar embraces melodies while keeping things decidedly mellow

Album: David Crosby - For Free

Liz Thomson

Age has not withered him

Album: Wavves - Hideaway

Nick Hasted

Ripped and torn emotions as pop-punks return to roots

Album: Craig Fortnam - Ark

Joe Muggs

The mossy language of psychedelic folk proves strangely new

Album: Gary Kemp - Insolo

Thomas H Green

Unlistenably middle-of-the-road post-prog bland-fest from Spandau Ballet songwriter

Blu-ray: The Night of the Hunter

Graham Rickson

Charles Laughton’s only film as a director is a dark thriller, both poetic and chilling

Album: Chet Faker - Hotel Surrender

Mark Kidel

Mellow and feel-good white soul

Album: Tones and I - Welcome to the Madhouse

Thomas H Green

Debut full album from Australian hit-maker is heartfelt and jovially characterful

Album: Jam & Lewis - Vol. 1

Joe Muggs

The world-bestriding production duo pour some sugar on it

Album: Tom Odell - Monsters

Nick Hasted

Growing singer-songwriter seeks depression's roots

Blu-ray: West 11

Graham Rickson

A Notting Hill noir - Michael Winner's breakthrough is flawed but fascinating

Album: Stone Giants - West Coast Love Stories

Guy Oddy

Brazilian electronic musician and producer Amon Tobin gently trips out

Album: Härtel Trübsbach - Great Again

Sebastian Scotney

Great viola playing combining heavenly and daemonic

Album: Emma-Jean Thackray - Yellow

Joe Muggs

Leeds via London jazz of the most audaciously cosmic kind

Album: Laura Mvula - Pink Noise

Peter Quinn

Mvula's love letter to the Eighties is a heartfelt tour de force

Album: Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth - Utopian Ashes

Nick Hasted

Doomed love ruefully dissected by an appealing odd couple

Album: Kevin Richard Martin - Return to Solaris

Guy Oddy

The Bug’s mainman takes an unsettling trip into outer space

Album: Jack Savoretti - Europiana

Liz Thomson

Sun, sand and synth pop

Album: The Grid & Robert Fripp - Leviathan

John Bungey

The veteran Balearic dance popsters and the one-man guitar orchestra have a whale of a time

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