sat 30/07/2016

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Marsheaux - Ath.Lon

Thomas H Green

Right now we’re at the heart of the silly season. In mid-August no-one releases albums (it’s the same in January). Here at Disc of the Day we’re screaming for something decent to review. But, no, microscopic bands choose to hold their albums back and go head to head with the big names during the pre-Christmas release splurge of September and October. The fact is, as Autumn arrives, no-one will cover Blobus & His Black Metal Armada over Britney, Bastille, Ed Sheeran, Haim, Frank Ocean, and...

DVD: Mapplethorpe - Look at the Pictures

Mark Kidel

America is a country that has always thrived on dramatic battles between "good" and "evil", God and the Devil. Demonising may have Puritan roots, but it remains a particularly American obsession. The photographer and artist Robert Mapplethorpe, whose sexually explicit images shocked many of his compatriots, drew much of his strength from exploiting the chasm that divides the self-righteously "pure" and the darker forces of revolution. He embodied the shadow of his country more radically than...

CD: Sonzeira – Tam Tam Tam Reimagined

Matthew Wright

Little-known Brazilian arranger José Prates created the music recorded on Tam...Tam...Tam...! in the early 1950s to accompany a touring dance show....

CD: Old Fire - Songs from the Haunted South

Barney Harsent

Honestly, you wait years for a lengthy project to come to fruition, then two turn up at once. However, while The Avalanches had to contend with...

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...

CD: Purple – Bodacious

Guy Oddy

Grungy punk pop’s Dukes of Hazzard bring some funk to the party

CD: Viola Beach - Viola Beach

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Young band's posthumous release is a fitting epitaph

DVD: Around China With a Movie Camera

Graham Fuller

A long-lost world comes stunningly alive again

DVD: The Witch

Nick Hasted

An ambitious, sparely told tale of 17th-century American terror

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

CD: MSTRKRFT - OPERATOR

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

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