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See: The monochrome video for Trevor Sensor’s ‘Chiron, Galactus’: an instant classic of mourning, cathartic Americana

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Album review: Chihei Hatakeyama – ‘Late Spring’: a halcyon, beautiful ambient journey

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Album review: El Michels Affair -‘Yeti Season’: Big Crown kingpin proves he’s a 10th dan at soundtrack funk magic

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One of the endearing memories I have of my Grandmother was that she liked Cowboys and Indians. It seemed sort of bizarre that this old lady, who had spent her life as a farmers wife before moving to an unremarkable estate just outside Leicester (obvious wild west joke avoided here) well into her 80’s would …

I nearly wore out my copy of Kate Bush – The Whole Story when I first started work. For some reason, I found playing The Man with a child in his eyes was just about the most soothing thing it was possible to listen to when I got home from those first steps into being …

Eleanor Friedberger’s first words to us on her new long player Personal Record are “I don’t want to bother you”, and I believe her. She seems like the type of gal that would rather keep her business to herself. She seems like more the listening type than the talking type.  Yet, when she gets going on this …

ON A WEEKEND in which some of her fellow folk revivalists were busy dividing opinion at Worthy Farm, Laura Marling was finishing a run of unique, ‘immersive’ nights in a world far removed from the easy, egalitarian vibes of Glastonbury. Marling, now LA-resident, is ploughing a furrow very much independent of the likes of the …

Birmingham based five piece Editors have just released their fourth album, The Weight of your love. Not a great deal to talk about then except for that their looking for their third consecutive number one album. The band, Tom Smith on lead vocals, guitar, piano, Russell Leetch on bass guitar, synthesizer, and backing vocals, Ed Lay …

Tonight I’m at the Purcell Room in London to see Tift Merritt and Simone Dinnerstein playing their 2013 album “Night” (plus some additional tracks that we were lucky enough to hear). I don’t know that there’s a duff arts venue in the whole of the Southbank Centre. The BFI quickly became the only place I …

It was pure luck really. I was browsing in my local record and cd emporium, The Left Legged Pineapple in Loughborough (R.I.P) and as I delved through the 12” I saw it. There was nothing remarkable about it, an old man on a one colour (like weak magnolia) sleeve, but I kept coming back to …

The Orb are very reminiscent of a time in my life when, it is fair to say, I did a lot of chillin’. I was a research student but, unlike most of my peers, used to get up very early and get my work done by lunchtime. I would then spend long afternoons listening to …

I thought I liked to invent genre’s. So far since I started this blog, only some seven months ago but sometimes it seems like a lifetime, the amount of time I (and the rest of the brilliant contributors we have here at the moment) spend keeping everyone updated with musical and artistic musings. I’ve sandwiched …

I’ve been sitting with this new Deerhunter record for well over a month now.  I thought like all of their past records there were layers that took time to reveal and that I shouldn’t jump the gun on some opinionated 500 word piece on it.  Much like the owl trying to get to the center …