mon 22/07/2019

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: School Of Language - 45

Kieron Tyler

Finding snapshots to characterise Donald Trump’s US presidential campaign and its aftermath is a tall order. There are so many, and assembling them could result in a wearying cavalcade of the all-too familiar. Whether in book form – such as Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury – or film – say, the new Steve Bannon documentary The Brink – the net result is largely to validate existing viewpoints.

CD: Lloyd Cole - Guesswork

Russ Coffey

The first thing you notice about Guesswork is the sound. Or rather, what's missing: there are none of the usual jangly guitars. No trusty Rickenbackers.

CD: Hot Since 82 - 8-track

Thomas H Green

Club music has its own micro-universe, with its own rules, jargon, and fans. It also has globe-trotting stars most people have never heard of. Much...

Blu-ray: Lords of Chaos

Thomas H Green

“All this evil and dark crap was supposed to be fun,” complains exasperated Norwegian black metal overlord Euronymous, played by Rory Culkin, as his...

CD: Sum 41 - Order In Decline

Guy Oddy

Sum 41 were one of those light-weight punk-ish bands in unfeasibly large pairs of shorts that washed up in the wake of Green Day’s early success in...

CD: Sabaton – The Great War

Asya Draganova

Another Sabaton lesson in metal and history

CD: Mega Bog - Dolphine

Kieron Tyler

Offbeat adventurousness from Erin Birgy’s musical alter-ego

CD: Thom Yorke - Anima

Thomas H Green

Radiohead frontman's third solo album is his most convincing foray into electronica yet

CD: Molly - All That Ever Could Have Been

Barney Harsent

The Austrian duo's debut is a testament to fragile nostalgia on a grand scale

CD: Kool Keith - KEITH

Guy Oddy

Hip hop elder statesman shows he isn’t ready for retirement yet

DVD/Blu-ray: A Case for a Rookie Hangman

Tom Birchenough

Satire with a Swiftian slant in late Czech New Wave exploration

CD - The Lost Words: Spell Songs

Tim Cumming

Songs inspired by disappearing nature cast their spell

CD: Africa Express - Egoli

Mark Kidel

Fresh sounds from South Africa and beyond

CD: Daughter of Swords - Dawnbreaker

Kieron Tyler

Contemplative solo album from Mountain Man’s Alexandra Sauser-Monnig

CD: Tycho - Weather

Guy Oddy

San Franciscan experimentalists get poppy

DVD/Blu-ray: Mirai

Saskia Baron

Artful Japanese portrait of a little boy coming to terms with his new baby sister

CD: Sarah Jane Morris & Tony Rémy - Sweet Little Mystery: The Songs of John Martyn

Liz Thomson

Ten years after his death, Martyn the maverick is suitably honoured

CD: The Soft Cavalry - The Soft Cavalry

Joe Muggs

Husband-wife project gently surmounts daunting challenges

Blu-ray: People on Sunday

Mark Kidel

Groundbreaking 1929 Berlin film by Hollywood's future talent

CD: KOKOKO! - Fongola

Howard Male

The Kinshasa collective who turn landfill into floor-fillers

CD: Mark Mulcahy – The Gus

Barney Harsent

The singer-songwriter's latest finds him in fine, authorial, voice

CD: Ingrid Michaelson - Stranger Songs

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Pop songwriter's widely appealing songs inspired by Netflix series

Blu-ray: For All Mankind

Graham Rickson

Breathtaking, heartstopping celebration of Project Apollo

CD: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana

Joe Muggs

Exploring the depths of Californian noir on ultra-accomplished rap album

CD: Foy Vance - From Muscle Shoals

Thomas H Green

Latest from Northern Irish singer-songwriter emulates '60s southern soul with waning results

DVD/Blu-ray: Sauvage

Tom Birchenough

Raw authenticity and a visceral performance from Félix Maritaud give this French debut indelible power

CD: Black Keys - Let’s Rock

Guy Oddy

A surprisingly slick return for the Akron duo

CD: Bedouine - Bird Songs of a Killjoy

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Timeless album of American folk from Syrian-born singer

CD: Hot Chip - A Bath Full of Ecstasy

Joe Muggs

Growing up in style with the indietronic fivesome

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