thu 17/06/2021

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Francis Lung - Miracle

Kieron Tyler

After listening to Miracle on repeat, the impression which lingers is that its creator has assimilated a lot of music. First and third album Big Star, Magnetic Fields, The Left Banke, the non-rock side of Abbey Road, Nilsson, Lloyd Cole, Plush, Emitt Rhodes, the poppy side of Field Music, a smidge of Elliott Smith, the swoon of Brian Wilson.

Blu-ray: Lake Mungo

Graham Fuller

Lake Mungo (2008) is a dread-laden Australian Gothic thriller that masquerades as a straight-faced documentary.

Album: Joan Armatrading - Consequences

Liz Thomson

Back in dark days of the first lockdown when she was birthing her new album, Joan Armatrading was the subject of a TV documentary called, not...

Blu-ray: The Hands of Orlac (Orlacs Hände)

Mark Kidel

The German director Robert Wiene is best known for The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (1920), perhaps the most influential piece of expressionist cinema...

Album: Maroon 5 - Jordi

Joe Muggs

Well this is bleak. Seven studio albums, three live albums, two compilation albums, one remix album, three EPs, 33 singles, 23 music videos, 120...

Album: Garbage - No Gods No Masters

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Shirley Manson-fronted rockers sound as vital as ever

Album: Marina - Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land

Thomas H Green

Fifth album is the best so far from a re-energised, revitalised, newly mouthy pop star

Album: James - All the Colours of You

Nick Hasted

Covid and other contemporary ills haunt the Manchester perennials

Blu-ray: The World of Wong Kar Wai

Daniel Baksi

A set of seven magical films from Hong Kong's master auteur

Album: Tomorrow X Together - The Chaos Chapter: Freeze

Peter Quinn

An impressively varied second album from the K-pop five-piece

Album: Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend

Thomas H Green

A big venue proposition who remain individual and creatively dynamic

Album: The Cult of Dom Keller – They Carried the Dead in a UFO

Guy Oddy

Fierce psychedelic weirdery straight out of Nottingham

Album: Greentea Peng - Man Made

Joe Muggs

Rebel dub soul from south London: both of the now and tapped into a deep lineage

Blu-ray: Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Saskia Baron

The cult high-school comedy that broke the mould

Album: Liz Phair - Soberish

Lisa-Marie Ferla

A welcome return from a songwriter with something to say

Album: Crowded House - Dreamers Are Waiting

Peter Quinn

A strong return for the newly expanded quintet

Album: Billy F Gibbons - Hardware

Guy Oddy

ZZ Top’s frontman still has the blues

Album: Scotch Rolex - TEWARI

Joe Muggs

Japanese Berliner's music meets that of the East African electronic avant-garde

Blu-ray: Masculin Féminin

Mark Kidel

Godard's playful and philosophical cinema

Album: black midi – Cavalcade

Asya Draganova

London experimentalists evolve into new pastures

Album: Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime

Mark Kidel

Hendrix of the desert blasts away

Album: Twenty One Pilots - Scaled and Icy

Russ Coffey

An arrestingly upbeat release from the minstrels of millennial angst

Album: Gary Numan - Intruder

Thomas H Green

The unsinkable electro-goth loudly tackles global environmental meltdown

Album: Lambchop - Showtunes

Joe Muggs

The always mordant Kurt Wagner reaches new levels of gloom

Blu-ray: Radio On

Graham Fuller

British cinema's finest road movie is anti-British cinema

Album: Blk Jks - Abantu/Before Humans

Kieron Tyler

The breathless return of the Johannesburg art-rockers after over a decade away

Blu-ray: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Mark Kidel

Superb Cold War spy thriller looks as good as ever

Album: Jorja Smith - Be Right Back

Harry Thorfinn-George

Stop-gap mini-album from Walsall's neo-soulstress has slow-burning appeal

Album: Paul Weller - Fat Pop (Volume 1)

Nick Hasted

Waking up the nation after lockdown


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