Category: Records

Album | Abigail Lapell – Lullabies

“Above all, these lullabies are dedicated to dreamers of all ages, and to the eternal human quest for a good night’s sleep”. These few words perfectly encapsulate the soul of Abigail Lapell’s first entirely solo recording Lullabies, which explores this…

Album | Iron And Wine – Who Can See Forever

Sam Beam has been recording as Iron and Wine for over 20 years, so the thought of looking back at his career with a live concert film, Who Can See Forever makes sense. Evolving in much the same way his…

EP | Julie Byrne – Laugh Cry Laugh

Following on from her latest album The Greater Wings, Julie Byrne is back with a new EP. And Laugh Cry Laugh is outstanding. One minute 57 seconds is not long enough for the opening track ’22’. I listened over and…

Album | Kristen Grainger & True North – Fear of Falling Stars

In a world that demands the ability to pigeonhole bands, Kristen Grainger & True North make life difficult. Their album, Fear of Falling Stars doesn’t fit easily into a particular box. Especially since a couple of the songs are sung…

Album | Laura Veirs – Phone Orphans

Laura Veirs’ music has been intensely personal in recent times. 2020’s My Echo? was the sound of her marriage breaking up, while 2022’s Found Light was a reflection, a record about what comes next. But now Veirs, as she reaches…

Album | Amy Hollinrake – Sad Lady Songs Vol. 1

Amy Hollinrake has her feet planted in two worlds. She is an English feminist singer-songwriter combining folklore and mythology with contemporary sounds and instruments that are both contemporary and traditional. Creating a head spinning mix of yesterday and today, Sad…

Album | Ebony Lamb – Ebony Lamb

How do you define who you are? To say Ebony Lamb is a recording artist simply doesn’t do her justice. She’s also a preeminent photographer, whose images of New Zealand’s literary figures and independent music scene gave her a certain…

Album | Dylan LeBlanc – Coyote

A dreamer, a drug dealer, a lover, a man caught up in the hand life has dealt him, desperate to escape. Musicians are storytellers and on his new album, Dylan LeBlanc tells the tale of Coyote, a man drawn from…

Album | Mali Velasquez – I’m Green

I first stumbled upon Mali Velasquez by chance, taken in by her album art. It was a painting of three figures, two adults and a child between them, coloured in the yellows, pinks, and browns of an old family photograph.…

Album | Sufjan Stevens – Javelin

Recently struggling to sleep, I turned to Convocations – Sufjan Stevens’ 2021 49-track instrumental album, written in the wake of his father’s death. I was taken aback by this subtly inventive two-and-a-half hour, five-part song cycle. It came only one…