sun 03/05/2015

New releases on CD & DVD

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 whiff of smug middle class about them. Perhaps a more interesting observation, though, is how the band takes an intimate, personal musical form – folk – and turns it into something anthemic. Well, not any more. There’s nothing folk about Wilder Mind. Not a single banjo.The anthems are fewer in number too. Like Noah and the Whale before them,...

DVD: The Duke of Burgundy

Jasper Rees

In a quirk of film scheduling, The Duke of Burgundy was out in cinemas the week after Fifty Shades of Grey. While it’s doubtful there will have been much audience overlap, the bigger beast gobbled up every single one of the S&M column inches that season. Now out on DVD, Peter Strickland’s infinitely more nuanced portrait of sub-dom co-dependency - and the concept of the safe word - has a clearer claim on all our attention.Domiciled in an autumnal Euroscape blessedly free of men (actually...

CD: Palma Violets - Danger in the Club

Thomas H Green

“A lot of bands want to over-complicate their second album,” says Palma Violets bassist Chilli Jesson in the press release. “We know that we didn’t...

CD: Django Django – Born Under Saturn

Barney Harsent

So, what I’m probably supposed to do when reviewing Django Django’s new album, Born Under Saturn, is mention the sleeper-hit success of their 2012...

DVD: Exodus: Gods and Kings

Nick Hasted

Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic is dark in every way; couched in shadows, even before the hand of God rolls blackness over Egypt as He slays its first-...

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

CD: Sonic Jesus - Neither Virtue Nor Anger

Guy Oddy

Debut album from Italian Psych duo blows the mind and moves the hips

CD: VEIN feat. Dave Liebman - Jazz Talks

Matthew Wright

Accomplished Swiss-American collaboration excels, looking both forwards and back

DVD: The Group

Nick Hasted

Sex in the Thirties city for female college friends, in a neglected Sidney Lumet gem

CD: Drenge – Undertow

Guy Oddy

Noisy indie rockers acquire a more refined sound on their mature second album

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