tue 02/09/2014

New releases on CD & DVD

DVD: Blue Ruin

Karen Krizanovich

Blue Ruin, the American thriller which won the coveted FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes last year, will amaze. It stars actors you don’t know, made by a director you don’t know yet Blue Ruin is proof of life beyond Hollywood: this is a tremendous independent film. We’re not talking something shot through an iPhone with one location. We’re talking an entertaining, incredibly smart and deftly-made story with heart, a message and memorable characters and scenes. Clue: when the cinematography, script,...

CD: Partisans - Swamp

Matthew Wright

The swamp, all grime and alligators, is not somewhere most jazz or rock fans will expect to spend much time, a soggy Glastonbury aside, and it’s a puzzling title for a work of reflective delicacy and sympathetic instrumental colouring. Partisans have now been playing together for 18 years, and this album, their fifth (a leisurely work-rate indicative mainly of how busy the players are elsewhere) is a sensitive tonal portrait and quiet trove of electronic loveliness. The sweetness of Robson’s...

CD: The Pierces - Creation

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Five albums down, and it seems that The Pierces are yet to stop dressing up their music in different, albeit recognisable, clothes. If 2011’s You...

DVD: When I Saw You

Katie Colombus

Like its title, this film is surprisingly open in its capacity for possibility. It's ironic that this blossoming branch – When I Saw You – is set in...

CD: Dr John - Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch

Guy Oddy

To most people, Louis Armstrong wasn’t the young jazz firebrand of “St James Infirmary” but the smiley old bloke who sang “What a Wonderful World”....

CD: Simian Mobile Disco - Whorl

Thomas H Green

Electronic duo take us on a spaced out - but dynamic - analogue adventure

DVD: Frau im Mond

Graham Rickson

Fritz Lang's lunar epic shines in a gleaming new print

CD: Andy Milne & Dapp Theory - Forward In All Directions

Matthew Wright

Engrossingly multi-faceted experimental pieces reveal an unexpected degree of lyrical charm

CD: J Mascis - Tied to a Star

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Dinosaur Jr. man gets introspective on solo outing

CD: Basement Jaxx - Junto

Katherine McLaughlin

EDM maestros make a welcome but underwhelming return with their latest album

DVD: Cycling with Moliere

Tom Birchenough

High theatricality and countyside capers in winning French comedy treat

CD: Roni Size - Take Kontrol

Thomas H Green

Drum & bass don returns with an album whose quality improves as it progresses

CD: Royal Blood - Royal Blood

Guy Oddy

Muscular blues-rock debut from Brighton duo

DVD: We Are the Best!

David Nice

Love, life and the last days of punk embraced by three winning girls in 1980s Sweden

CD: James Yorkston - The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society

Joe Muggs

A soft delivery and deceptively conversational tone hide a powerful writer

CD: Anja McCloskey - Quincy Who Waits

Russ Coffey

One of the year’s prettiest albums from the quirky German-American

DVD: The Changes

Kieron Tyler

Fantastic mid-Seventies dystopian children's drama from the BBC

CD: Mirel Wagner - When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Sparse compositions from Finnish songwriter's haunted pen

Morton Valence - Left

Thomas H Green

A banquet of exquisitely related misery from undersung London outfit

DVD: Starred Up

Graham Rickson

Explosive, claustrophobic prison drama punches above its weight

CD: Cats on Trees – Cats on Trees

Kieron Tyler

Anodyne French best-sellers attempt to export their success

Reissue CDs Weekly: Front Line – Sounds of Reality

Kieron Tyler

Exhumation of Richard Branson’s John Lydon-assisted Seventies reggae label

CD: The Gaslight Anthem - Get Hurt

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Blue-collar rockers channel heartbreak on fifth album

CD: Benjamin Taubkin - Al Qantara - The Bridge

Peter Culshaw

Unlikely fusion of Brazil and Morocco is surprisingly delicious

DVD: The Unknown Known

Nick Hasted

A fog of words from an unrepentant Donald Rumsfeld, in Errol Morris's doc

CD: Jerry Léonide - The Key

Matthew Wright

Mauritian pianist's debut release impresses with a cosmopolitan group of tunes

CD: Sinéad O'Connor - I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss

Guy Oddy

Somewhat middle-of-the-road offering from the Irish singer-songwriter

DVD: Swallows & Amazons

Kieron Tyler

Stiff Seventies film adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s book

CD: FKA Twigs - LP1

Joe Muggs

Highly mannered high-tech R&B from the young Brit, but can it touch the soul too?

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