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GUITAR pop from Australia and New Zealand: it’s inarguably a very good thing. From the 1980s onwards, with bands like The Chills, The Go-Betweens, Straitjacket Fits, The Verlaines – no area of the world has had such a dialogue with that particular brand of British-originating indie six-string action. And now we’re into a new and …

WEST COUNTRY boy Adam Gibbons, better known to the funk and groove cognoscenti as Lack of Afro, has today dropped a new single taken from his sixth studio set, I’m Here Now, a genre-hopping and melding excursion through the musics that make his world, our world: soul, funk, rock, disco, hiphop … The single, “You …

VIENNA’S Sofie Fatourechi has moved from behind the scenes at California’s ice-cool Stone’s Throw imprint to hog a little of the spotlight, with a very finely crafted album of sophisticated, wholly European pop, Cult Survivor, released in June. We reviewed it here, found much to love in the autobiographical, nuanced songcraft; we said of it: …

JERRY JOSEPH is a singer who’s been there, got the tee-shirt; hell, got the entire arm-sleeve tattoo. He made his first steps into music after living a little on the wild side as a kid growing up in San Diego and, in order to quell his waywardness, his folks sent him to boarding school in …

RICHARD SKELTON is absolutely what you might term a polymath. A poet, writer and artist, intensely concerned with the nature and experience of place, he only began to fashion musics in 2004 after a tragic personal loss. Since then he has released something like fifty albums and EPs, under his own name and aliases such …

THE song hums in quietly on the faintest guitar shimmer. One deep keyboard chord lends heft and depth. And then vocalist Ananda appears, a ghostly image, made more eerie yet by mime make-up: she’s some shade here to sing, bringing forth a tale. Her voice is beguiling, breathy.  And so we’re into the ethereal world …

YOU may well have heard Julie Carpenter, if you have not yet heard of her. A graduate of the University of North Texas, multi-instrumentalist and composer Julie has been called upon to add violins to work by the Eels and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, amongst others. But she has also been creating deep, ambient drone …

THE world of quirky indie music was left a little darker this morning with the news that Tim Smith, singer with eternally loved, eternal outsiders the Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59. Sadly, the man who brought us such quirkball, wonderfully English eccentric classics such as “Big Ship” and “All His Geese Are …

SAN FRAN area septet The Seshen have been nothing if not productive this year. They released their third album, Cyan, earlier this year with Brighton’s eclectic beat hounds Tru Thoughts. They’ve since taken three singles from Cyan: the crisp soul electro of “Dive”, the beautiful acoustic grace of “Don’t Answer” and cool breaks torchsong “Take …

THE SPHERE of dance music is one of constant, healthy cross-fertilisation and contrast, of new sounds arising. But when Warp’s leftfield hiphop and breaks reinventor Hudson Mohawke began working with Canadian electroclash hit-scorer Tiga, even the latter had to admit it looked a stretch. He said that it “seems kind of unlikely on paper, but …