Album Review: YELLO – Point

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Homerecords is a Belgian label with an emphasis towards acoustic music, and they describe this recent release as “adventurous yet gentle indie pop folk, halfway between electric and acoustic”. Ottus hail from the city of Liège, which certainly accounts for the adventurous side, it being an underground melting pot of a place, constantly spewing forth …

The Dowling Poole have released a brace of albums over the past few years, and this one is a compilation of tracks that have only previously existed in a digital format but now are available as a physical CD. Formed in 2013, they consist of Willie Dowling (formerly of Jackdaw4, Honeycrack and The Grip) and Jon …

I’d like to think that everybody knows the song 1967 hit ‘Fire’ (but then again we now live in a world where Paul McCartney is bafflingly seen by some as an unknown chancer hanging onto Kanye West’s coat-tails). The long haired proto-Alice Cooper with a flaming chalice on his head roaring the words: “I am …

From the extensive archive, Zappa vault-meister Joe Travers (Dweezil’s drummer) investigated some shows performed in his hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania, and quickly deemed them too good not to release. The 1974 concerts feature some of Zappa’s top-flight musicians of the day playing a selection of equally top tunes ranging from early Mothers to ‘Over-Nite Sensation’ …

After over twenty albums and fifty years in the business, the Mael brothers have weathered everything from adulation to ridicule and indifference, yet resolutely ploughed their own idiosyncratic furrow. Long ago realising that trying to play to the fickle tastes of the public was a risky and ultimately futile endeavour, they simply did their uniquely …

Released in 1971 on French label BYG Actuel, Gong’s second album resurfaced on Virgin Records in 1974 at the special price of 59p, by which time the teapot was in full flight with the Radio Gnome trilogy. Even back then, Daevid Allen’s mythology was close to fully formed. The photo on the back sleeve shows …

One of Rock’s larger than life characters has passed away at the age of 74. Born Marvin Lee Adey in Dallas, the former high-school football player relocated to New York in the late 60s, and began landing roles in musical theatre, most notably ‘Hair’ and ‘The Rocky Horror Show’. It was in this world that …

Richard Wileman’s 2020 album, ‘Arcana’ was a melodic yet unnerving gothic treat, with a Hammer Horror, Wicker Man vibe. This new offering continues in a similar vein, a collaboration with Matt Baber of Sanguine Hum. They had previously worked together in 2011, on a track (Mondo Profondo 1) for Wileman’s earlier incarnation, Karda Estra. This …

Devo is a band that seems destined to be eternally misunderstood, probably because of multi-faceted elements in the pot. Many adjectives and nouns spring forth  – humorous, novelty, plastic, comedy, but dig beyond the superficial and you’ll find subversive, pioneers, provocateurs, innovators, and let’s not forget entertainers, and if you’ve ever had the pleasure to see …

The chance unearthing of a bootleg of this show, by Marc Riley has been well documented by now in the press. John Dwyer, leader of The Oh Sees eagerly stepped in to release this vinyl-only album on his Castle Face label, so now we have it. It’s exorbitant price results from 50% of its proceeds …