Author: Mark Buckley

The Amazing Devil – The Horror and the Wild

“Every brick you’ve hurled, I’ll use to build the world” The Amazing Devil’s record begins, as all should do, with the wind howling and a low bass reverberation, with Joey Batey and Madeline Hyland’s spoken-word delivery. It then spills directly…

My Girl the River – Cardinal in the Snow

My Girl the River is the project of Louisiana singer and musician Kris Wilkinson Hughes. The band is fleshed out by her husband Joe and daughter Ruby on double bass and harmonies respectively. Cardinal in the Snow is the follow…

Mr. Alec Bowman – I Used To Be Sad & Then I Forgot

A scoundrel of the mundane, Mr. Alec Bowman describes himself in the sleeve notes to this album. He goes on to dedicate it to his grandparents and to those who are struggling to stay alive, amongst others. The album itself,…

Album | Lucinda Williams – Good Souls, Better Angels

“The world’s falling apart – it’s like the apocalypse” spits the accompanying press release to Lucinda Williams’ latest record Good Souls, Better Angels. It sounds like something that could’ve been written about these strange times we’re living through, but it…

Album | Ron Sexsmith – Hermitage

Ron Sexsmith is a name that needs no introduction to anyone reading these pages. The songwriters’ songwriter proves that that’s an accolade much deserved on Hermitage, his 17th studio album. We are greeted by birds chirping and playful and plaintive piano on…

Live | Sam Lee @ EartH

Entering EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney) for the first time, I was almost overwhelmed by its beauty. Its simple and stripped bare architecture. Its sloped wooden seating reminding me of a US school gymnasium hall. A slogan draped across the front…

Album | Sam Lee – The Old Wow

Sam Lee is a man who needs no introduction to anyone reading these pages. This is his fourth solo record and deserves as much recognition as his Mercury Award debut effort, Ground of its Own. This song hunter extraordinaire has…

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan – Navarasa: Nine Emotions

An admission to begin with: As someone who has only dipped in and out of James Yorkston’s music over the years (despite being impressed by everything I’ve heard) this collaboration had totally passed me by until this moment. Navarasa: Nine…

Album | Fruit Bats – Gold Past Life

If ever an album was tailor-made for a road trip (and this road trip has to have the words ‘great’ and ‘American’ in its description), it’s Fruit Bat’s latest record, Gold Past Life. Eric D. Johnson – the project’s singer/songwriter –…

Album | The Divine Comedy – Office Politics

This year sees the 30th anniversary of the Divine Comedy’s formation, Neil Hannon’s chamber pop ensemble with a revolving door policy on members. Twenty years on from the end of their greatest commercial successes, Office Politics is their twelfth studio…