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Neil Young: Homegrown – album review

Neil Young releases the deeply personal breakup album he shelved at the last minute in 1975. So can Homegrown can live up to its myth, asks Tim Cooper.

Tom Taylor-Biggs: Sevens – album review

Sheffield based songwriter Tom Taylor-Biggs releases his debut album Seven. Moving on from his self-described 'poorly recorded' garage band demos, Seven is the outcome of Biggs' recent grief and the seven stages that occupied his time and mind following a death of an old friend.

Imelda May: Slip of the Tongue – album review

Imelda May – Slip of the Tongue Decca Records All formats Out Now 8/10 Imelda May swaps her trademark powerhouse vocals for spoken word and pulls it off. When...

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: Sideways to New Italy – album review

  Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Sideways to New Italy (Sub Pop) LP | CD | DL Out Now 7/10 The Australian rockers deliver more of the same with...

David Devant & his Spirit Wife: Video Premiere… plus online show tonight

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The Gravity Drive: the Wildlight – album review

The Gravity Drive: the Wildlight  (Alchemistic Bliss) CD out now / Other formats 21 Aug 2020 Second album, five years in the making by harmony-driven crafted...

Muzz: S/T – album review

MUZZ Muzz Matador Records LP / CD / DL Out now! BUY HERE   Interpol's Paul Banks teams up with Josh Kaufman (Bonny Light Horseman) and Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) to...

Steadfast HTX: Transmitters – album review

Steadfast HTX: Transmitters Self-Released Out Now Stream/DL Hailing from Houston Texas, Steadfast HTX follow up their single Old Scars with an album packed full of anthemic fists in...

Alison Chesley, Steve Albini, & Tim Midyett ‘Music from the film Girl on the Third Floor’

This is a fascinating excursion by king noisenik Steve Albini and friends. A sparse, scraping, wheezing soundtrack to a horror film that is full of dread dynamics, spectral tension and wheezing atmospherics from Albini's guitar along with the cello and a baritone guitar. The film soundtrack is a spooked and sparse honed down affair with cello player Alison Chelsy really adding the tension that is full of taut atmospheres that are perfect dark matter movie music but also mirror these fraught and edgy times. When Travis Stevens was making his horror film, he asked Albini to score it and since Steve was new to this discipline he invited Alison , a cellist and frequent opener for Shellac, and Midyett, who plays bass and 12-string baritone guitar, to join him on the recording. The trio perfectly understands the power of silence, the edginess of dynamics and the power of sudden sound skree. Utilising interesting timings, scraping drones from the cello and Albini's idiosyncratic guitar that on one track scratches and scrapes around one of his idiosyncratic guitar figures that spellbind and hypnotise whilst you get the fear. This album is an astonishing work that has the right amount of creepiness and edginess to make you want to match it to the film and is the perfect next step for Steve Albini from the increasingly taut and sparse Shellac records.

Domestics/Pizzatramp: This is Your Life / No Life – EP review

Domestics/Pizzatramp - This is Your Life / No Life (Kibou/TNS/Sick World) 12" Vinyl/DL Out 11 June 2020 Welsh skate punks Pizzatramp and East Anglian hardcore hooligans Domestics...

Kursaal Flyers: Little Does She Know – album review

Kursaal Flyers: Little Does She Know (Cherry Red) CD Out Now Long overdue compedium of seventies one hit wonders shows that their albums are ripe for rediscovery. Louder...

Charli XCX ‘How I’m feeling now’ Album review ‘pandemic defying release of pop genius’

Charli XCX has previously been referred to as the future of pop music, with “How I’m feeling now” you can safely say that the future is NOW.

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