thu 07/05/2015

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Death and Vanilla – To Where the Wild Things Are

Barney Harsent

Back in the Seventies, in between keeping an eye out for the unwanted attentions of radio DJs and waiting for punk, the internet or colours to happen, there was real beauty if you knew where to look. By which I mean telly, of course. From the haunting fairground whimsy of the introduction to schools programme Picture Box, to the rolling sci-fi thrill of The Tomorrow People theme, it seemed that, far from not wanting to scare the horses, these oddball music makers would have sampled their...

CD: Chungking - Defender

Thomas H Green

Chungking are Brighton's great could-have-should-have band. Appearing around a decade ago the trio, enigmatically fronted by singer Jessie Banks, offered up an opulent alternative take on the whole indie-dance thing. Songs such as “Stay Up Forever” had irresistible, hedonic punch but the band were equally capable of channelling a delicacy that recalled The Carpenters at their most melancholy. They seemed to be on the cusp of hugeness. They were, after all, potentially accessible to a wide pop...

DVD: Turned Towards the Sun

Tom Birchenough

The phrase “improbable life” crops up more than once in Greg Olliver’s highly engaging documentary Turned Towards the Sun about the poet Micky Burn (...

CD: Joe Stilgoe – New Songs for Old Souls

Matthew Wright

For someone apparently so suave, Joe Stilgoe feels uncomfortable in the modern world. His third album is an express journey - in an exquisitely...

CD: Mumford and Sons - Wilder Mind

Russ Coffey

Mumford and Sons, world conquering as they are, still fall victim to various accusations. Some, for instance, loathe their blandness. Others detect a...

DVD: The Duke of Burgundy

Jasper Rees

Kinkily unBritish pastiche Seventies lesbian erotica starring Borgen's statsminister

CD: Palma Violets - Danger in the Club

Thomas H Green

London indie quartet's second occasionally flounders amid cheerful, lo-fi aspirations

CD: Django Django – Born Under Saturn

Barney Harsent

The Scottish band strike gold with a move towards the dancefloor

DVD: Exodus: Gods and Kings

Nick Hasted

Ridley Scott's Biblical epic is dourly, intelligently ambitious

CD: Andreya Triana - Giants

Matthew Wright

Five years in the making, Triana's second album is well worth the wait

CD: Olivia Chaney - The Longest River

Tim Cumming

The young English singer's long-awaited album delivers treasures

CD: Blur - The Magic Whip

Joe Muggs

Their eighth album - and first in over a decade - could be one of their best

DVD: Model for Murder

Nick Hasted

Knives fly in Mayfair, in a British Fifties curio

CD: Jenny Lysander - Northern Folk

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Promising young Swedish songwriter reinvents pastoral folk

CD: Snarky Puppy and Metropole Orkest - Sylva

Peter Quinn

Ambitious and imaginative US-Dutch collaboration thrills at every turn

DVD: Still Life

Kieron Tyler

Sensitive rumination on decency and loneliness directed by ‘The Full Monty’ producer Uberto Pasolini

CD: Squarepusher – Damogen Furies

Guy Oddy

Electronica veteran returns with some challenging but engaging sounds

Reissue CDs Weekly: Bert Jansch

Kieron Tyler

Defiintive reissue of essential debut album from influential folk stylist

CD: Speedy Ortiz - Foil Deer

Lisa-Marie Ferla

A third album worth shouting about from US indie rockers

CD: Passenger – Whispers II

Matthew Wright

Sequel album even more raw, spare and gritty, despite gentle folk-pop sound

DVD: Traps/Fruit of Paradise

Tom Birchenough

Two rereleases from Věra Chytilová, master of the Czech New Wave

CD: Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

Thomas H Green

Second from Athens, Alabama's finest moves them forward impressively

CD: Stealing Sheep - Not Real

Kieron Tyler

Second album from Liverpool trio emphasises the extraneous instead of the songs

DVD: French Dressing

Nick Hasted

Ken Russell's cinema debut is a misfiring, fascinating seaside sex comedy

CD: Skip&Die - Cosmic Serpents

Thomas H Green

Afro-Dutch outfit helm a modern pop sprawl of global influences

Reissue CDs Weekly: David Kauffman and Eric Caboor

Kieron Tyler

Dark and intense singer-songwriter duo resurface with a hidden gem

CD: 8:58 - 8:58

Thomas H Green

First from Paul Hartnoll since Orbital's demise

CD: Calexico - Edge of the Sun

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Another slice of Mexicana from US indie stalwarts

DVD: The Blob

Kieron Tyler

Surprisingly tense monster-from-space film which marked Steve McQueen’s lead debut


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