Category: Records

EP | Paul Thomas Saunders – Lilac and Wisteria

I remember seeing Paul Thomas Saunders a couple of years ago in his native Leeds. He was doing the whole emotive-bloke-with-a-guitar routine and, truth be told, he was doing it pretty well. It was with that expectation that I set…

Album | Dennis Hopper Choppers – Be Ready

What an inspired place Tabernas, southern Spain was for writing such a broodingly atmospheric album. Ben Nicholls headed for the land where Sergio Leone shot ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ to pen the songs that would become Be…

Album | Dead Trees – Whatwave

Languid garage rock is the American subgenre that refuses to die. It has endured, barely evolving, since being invented back in the 60s by the Velvet Underground, or maybe the Seeds. Its popularity waxes and wanes, sometimes breaking into the…

Album | William Elliott Whitmore – Field Songs

‘Rootsy’ is a term that gets used a lot in describing that certain kind of Americana that draws heavily on rural country blues, evoking cotton fields and dustbowls. But if it’s actually possible to hear earth, soil, you can hear…

Album | Josienne Clarke – One Light Is Gone

Everything about Josienne Clarke’s music, whether live or recorded, is proper folk. Her debut album One Light Is Gone resolutely champions an authentic acoustic sound and instantly gained heavy rotation on this listener’s daily commute. Josienne’s songs are traditional and…

EP: The Dufflefolks – Keep Safe Your Keepsakes

Last year The Dufflefolks opened The Greenman Festival after winning 2010’s Greenpoll; reaching the final as one of the fans’ choices before a judge’s panel comprising, among others, Bella Union head Simon Raymonde, Mojo editor Phil Alexander, and Stephen Bass,…

Album: Cashier No. 9 – To The Death of Fun

What do you get if you take the Jesus and Mary Chain, the Byrds, Phil Spector, New Order and stick them all into a cocktail shaker? Then serve the contents to five guys from Belfast? The result is Cashier No.9,…