Category: Reviews

Album | Father John Misty – Chloe and the Next 20th Century

Listening to Father John Misty it’s easy to get confused, Chloé and the Next 20th Century goes in two different directions at the same time. Musically, the initial moments of Chloé sound like something out of the 30s, bouncy muted horns and piano lead…

Album | Hannah Peel and Paraorchestra – The Unfolding

Combining Hannah Peel with Paraorchesta is one of those feats of attraction that cannot be denied, and The Unfolding, the fruits of their labour, is a masterpiece that defies genres. Peel began her career as something of a folk artist, although…

Album | Midlake – For The Sake of Bethel Woods

We all know the old saying “never judge a book by its cover” but does the same extend to albums? A lot of us play music these days through streaming services and probably don’t pay too much attention to album…

Album | Jerry Leger – Nothing Pressing

Jerry Leger knows how to write a song, and the 11 on Nothing Pressing clearly illustrate a man with a sense of humor, a sense of taste and a sense of just how weird the last two years have been. Though recorded…

Single | I Said Yes – Virginia

Oracular UK folksters, I Said Yes, have returned. Their all-new single, ‘Virginia’, is an earnest love song that builds up its tensities with percolative guitar and textured production. It all leads into a fabulous crescendo, replete with subtle horns, synth,…

Album | Hurray for the Riff Raff – Life on Earth

2022 promises to bring a host of new beginnings as the world emerges from two years under the pandemic’s thumb. The world is a very different place from the one that was present last time Alynda Segarra’s band Hurray for…

Album | Lia Ices – Family Album

In the same way that Joni Mitchell reflected the California vibe on Blue, Lia Ices mirrors a similar consciousness on Family Album 50-some years farther down the road. Her 2014 album, Ices, marched to a synthetic beat with layered electronics and loops. Having moved…

Video Premiere | Jessica Smucker – Stones to Throw

Jessica Smucker beautifully captures feelings of isolation on the delicately crafted tune, ‘Stones to Throw’. A folk-pop ballad, the Lancaster artist flexes her muscles as a singer-songwriter with music that feels like it’s just enough. Production is never overbearing; if…

Album | Megan Henderson – Pilgrim Souls

It’s been more than two years since Megan Henderson wrote the music for her debut album – Pilgrim Souls – and I’m pleased to report that it’s been worth the wait. The inspiration comes from the dreamlike imagined landscapes of…

EP | Josienne Clarke – I Promised You Light

In August last year, Josienne Clarke emerged from the fog that she had lived in for over a decade. In her fight to be recognised for work that she’d written, she’d been labelled a troublemaker. Instead of allowing this to…