Album | In Tall Buildings – Driver

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Chicago’s Erik Hall took four years to make his second album, racking up thousands of miles travelling between his home studio and the Michigan farmhouse where he also recorded – giving the album its name, Driver. And as opener ‘Bawl,…

Record Store Day | Shopping Guide M-Z

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And on it goes. Following swiftly on from the first part of our buying guide, here is more tasty goodness from the RSD list. Martin Carthy – Martin Carthy. LP – £18.99. Limited to 750. Martin Carthy’s groundbreaking debut LP…

Record Store Day | Shopping Guide A-L

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Record Store Day is here again! After last year’s mammoth list of 643 exclusive releases, organisers have taken concerns on board and produced a much leaner list of, uhm, 592. Still need help picking through it? FFS picks out the…

Album | Villagers – Darling Arithmetic

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After his debut Becoming A Jackal and the harder sounds of Awayland, Conor O’Brien’s latest offering is carefully intimate and stripped-down, recorded in his home studio. Opening song ‘Courage’ is characteristically stoical/masochistic: the knowledge that life is not always easy is framed as ‘sweet relief’.…

Album | Calexico – Edge Of The Sun

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In the nearly 20 years since their debut, Tucson group Calexico have made some outstanding albums, weaving together roots sounds, Americana and Tex-Mex. On their first album since 2012’s New Orleans-themed Algiers, they make what is (surprisingly, given their influences)…