Category: Records

EP | Lissie – Covered Up In Flowers

Lissie has always enjoyed a good cover version. Youtube features almost as many videos of her taking on other people’s songs as her own, with targets as varied as Bob Dylan’s ‘Ramona’ to Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’ to Hank Williams’…

EP | Lianne La Havas – Forget

You may have noticed the name Lianne La Havas on the BBC’s Sound of 2012 longlist at the turn of the year, but please don’t hold that against her. That particular barometer of cool has been malfunctioning for some time…

EP | Georgia Ruth – In Luna

If Georgia Ruth needed an angle to stand out from the crowd, she has it in her instrument of choice. Harpists are in short supply these days, with the only other one that springs to mind being Joanna Newsom, and…

EP | Joyce The Librarian – The Weight of the Line

First things first, Joyce The Librarian is one of my favourite names for a band in a while, and that was before I discovered the Stilgoe & Skillern song of a sex-starved book lender they got it from. And it…

Album | Jim White – Where It Hits You

In the circles I generally move in, the name Jim White refers to Sky Sports News’ rabid transfer-window hype-klaxon and professional Scotsman. In contrast to his namesake’s transfer deadline-day rabble-rousing, though, this Jim White is a musically understated southern American…

Albums | Pulp – It/Freaks/Separations

In the introduction to his lyrics collection Mother, Brother, Lover, published last year, unofficial national treasure Jarvis Cocker said his goal had always been to “create the kind of pop music I wished had been there for me in my…

Album | Lambchop – Mr. M

Despite announcing its arrival with a wave of lush waves, the latest album from Americana veterans Lambchop delivers understatement as a theme. From the descriptions of the banal realities of relationships (cleaning the coffee maker and avoiding ‘talking about seagulls’…

Album | Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N 2 It

Perfume Genius seemed to emerge from nowhere in June 2010 as debut LP Learning made a quiet but marked impact on those who heard it. Mike Hadreas’ stark and revealing lyrics came from an unsettling, dark place, and were coupled…

Blog | Gibson Bull, Blue Sky Archives & Marie Naffah

Few artists to have been covered by our New Bands Panel have brought about as good a reaction as Gibson Bull, so we were excited to hear a new track from him this week. The London singer-songwriter has started work…

EP | The Way Home – The Ship

Suffolk is rarely thought of as a centre of gospel and blues music but from this low-lying county come The Way Home, who seem as they might instead have been raised on the Mississippi Delta. On their debut release The…