tue 26/07/2016

New releases on CD & DVD

Blu-ray: Absolute Beginners

Kieron Tyler

The home-cinema release of Absolute Beginners is a rarity as it’s one where watching the bonus before the main feature is a must. In Absolute Ambition, those involved with the film are brutally frank about one of this most hyped film. It’s also an eloquent, fascinating potted history of the pop-cultural milieu which led to it being made in the then still-resonating aftermath of punk. Despite being set in the 1958 of its source book, Colin MacInnes’ Absolute Beginners, director Julian Temple...

CD: Purple – Bodacious

Guy Oddy

Purple’s 2014 debut album, (409), was a burst of party punk straight out of Texas that deftly avoided crass clichés while letting the good times roll. Sophomore effort Bodacious won’t disappoint those who were bitten by the Purple bug the first time around and might even entice new listeners along the way. In particular, a hefty dose of the funk has been added to their exuberant groove, with Joe Cannariato giving his bass a good seeing to where previously he might have sat back. While this...

CD: Viola Beach - Viola Beach

Lisa-Marie Ferla

It was somewhere around the third posthumous Jeff Buckley compilation that I realised that my love for an artist, and my completist nature, would...

DVD: Around China With a Movie Camera

Graham Fuller

It’s comforting to reflect that some of the anonymous children seen in Around China With a Movie Camera – a DVD culled from films spanning...

DVD: The Witch

Nick Hasted

New England in the 17th century is the primordial soup of American horror: where Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Hettie Prynne received her Scarlet Letter, the...

CD: Ben Chatwin - Heat & Entropy

Joe Muggs

Further bleak and beautiful ambient-classical-drone textures

CD: Jim Causley & Luke Thompson - The Clay Hymnal

Tim Cumming

The Great Cornish poet set to music

DVD: Anomalisa

Jasper Rees

Charlie Kaufman's remarkable animation sheds fresh light on the male midlife crisis

CD: Black Merlin – Hipnotik Tradisi

Barney Harsent

George Thompson's debut is a clever and considered communion of cultures

CD: John Martin - The Hidden Notes

Matthew Wright

Subtly original showcasing of saxophone multiphonics


Thomas H Green

Canadian electronic duo take no prisoners with their third album

DVD: High Rise

Mark Kidel

Adaptation of JG Ballard's dystopian thriller let down by surface brilliance

CD: Bosco Rogers - Post Exotic

Guy Oddy

Anglo-French duo’s debut is a psychedelic guitar pop masterpiece

CD: Hedvig Mollestad Trio - Black Stabat Mater

Kieron Tyler

An unforgettable encounter with Norway’s sinuous rock-jazz riff machine

Blu-ray: Burroughs: The Movie

Saskia Baron

Arresting documentary about the godfather of American counterculture

CD: Elliot Galvin Trio - Punch

Peter Quinn

A unique sound-world created from the endless resources of jazz, classical and pop

CD: Steven Tyler - We're All Somebody From Somewhere

Katie Colombus

A summery foray into country music

CD: Cliff Martinez - The Neon Demon OST

Thomas H Green

Soundtrack to Nicolas Winding Refn's fashionista horror flick contains nuggets worth mining

DVD: Hail, Caesar!

Graham Rickson

Hollywood satire with teeth and heart

CD: The Avalanches - Wildflower

Barney Harsent

The Aussie sample stitchers' follow-up inhabits the light and makes sense in the sun

CD: The Fiction Aisle - Fuchsia Days

Thomas H Green

Second from Brighton outfit heads into deliciously cosmic easy listening

Blu-ray: Black Orpheus

Saskia Baron

Stunning restoration of an art-house classic that put Brazilian exoticism on the map

CD: Jherek Bischoff – Cistern

Howard Male

A dramatic change of direction for the American composer

CD: Biffy Clyro - Ellipsis

Russ Coffey

It sounds like a call to arms, but what lies under the surface?

DVD: A Month in the Country

Graham Rickson

Elegiac adaptation of a much-loved novella, returning after a long absence

CD: Chrissy & Hawley - Chrissy & Hawley

Joe Muggs

Is there anything left to mine in the eternal Eighties revival?

CD: Beyond The Wizards Sleeve - The Soft Bounce

Thomas H Green

Long-awaited, psyched out debut from DJ-producer duo is an entertaining ride

DVD: A Bigger Splash

Nick Hasted

Swinton and Fiennes spar in an erotic, exotic Italian enigma

CD: Metronomy - Summer 08

Katie Colombus

Are you hipster and highbrow enough for Metronomy's in-jokey pop?


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