fri 30/01/2015

New releases on CD & DVD

Blu-ray: Bad Timing

Tom Birchenough

With its combination of a Tom Waits lament and visuals tracking over art works by Viennese modernists like Klimt and Schiele, the opening of Nicolas Roeg’s 1980 Bad Timing stays in the memory – its mood remains just there. The territory is defined gradually: variations on obsession, sexual but not exclusively. One line in the script suggests “lineaments of gratified desire”, though the elements of gratification here remain dubious for all concerned.Bad Timing came at the end of Roeg’s glorious...

CD: Zun Zun Egui - Shackles Gift

Mark Kidel

Zun Zun Egui, who emerged from Bristol’s indie-boho scene a few years ago, are one of those bands who come closest to the essence of their potential when playing in an intimate and sweaty small venue. Recording their frenzy for posterity has never been easy. This their second album treads a similar path to their first, Katang: it’s good but rarely evokes the incandescent fury and derangement of their performances.Front-man Kushal Gaya is originally from Mauritius, and his musical roots – midway...

CD: Steve Rothery - The Ghosts of Pripyat

Russ Coffey

The more I listen to Steve Rothery the more convinced I am he possesses one of the fattest, juiciest guitar tones around. Indeed one could argue...

DVD: Boyhood

Graham Rickson

Boyhood is an intimate film on an epic scale. Twelve years zoom past in 189 minutes, as we follow Mason Evans Jr.'s journey from primary school pupil...

CD: The dø - Shake Shook Shaken

Kieron Tyler

Whether intentional or not, the third album by French chart-topping duo The dø is effectively a renewal of “Sweet Dreams”-era Eurythmics. The synth...

CD: Renegades of Jazz – Paradise Lost

Matthew Wright

Curious, ambitious blend of breakbeats and distorted brass proves compelling

CD: Meghan Trainor - Title

Lisa-Marie Ferla

US singer's chance to prove she's about more than that bass

DVD: Southern District

Tom Birchenough

Chekhovian break-up hits higher-end Bolivian society, strangely compellingly

CD: Napalm Death – Apex Predator – Easy Meat

Guy Oddy

Grindcore veterans take on predatory capitalism

CD: Africa Express Presents... Terry Riley's In C

Mark Kidel

Minimalism and Mali: a marriage made in heaven

DVD: Trans-Europ-Express/Successive Slidings of Pleasure

Nick Hasted

Alain Robbe-Grillet's modernist, sadomasochist cinema games revived

CD: Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

Barney Harsent

Noah Lennox's latest album is meaty, beaty, big and bouncy

CD: Mark Ronson - Uptown Special

Thomas H Green

Fourth from New York golden boy DJ-producer is uptown but not top ranking

Reissue CDs Weekly: Radio Birdman

Kieron Tyler

The ultimate statement on Australia’s greatest cult band

CD: Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love

Lisa-Marie Ferla

A welcome return from the saviours of rock

DVD: Ganja & Hess

Kieron Tyler

Art-house blaxploitation with a surreal edge is seen in full after four decades

CD: BC Camplight – How to Die in the North

Kieron Tyler

Philadelphia singer-songwriter is reinvigorated after moving to Manchester

CD: The Waterboys - Modern Blues

Guy Oddy

Mike Scott’s crew bring some psychedelic soul to the Big Music

DVD: A Most Wanted Man

Tom Birchenough

Philip Seymour Hoffman impressively dyspeptic in disillusioned Hamburg spy drama

CD: Enter Shikari – The Mindsweep

Thomas H Green

Hertfordshire electro-rockers' reach exceeds their grasp

Reissue CDs Weekly: Magma

Kieron Tyler

The challenging French visionaries beloved of snooker ace Steve Davies and John Lydon

CD: Belle And Sebastian - Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

Matthew Wright

Veteran Scottish indie band varied and seductive with new, shimmering sound

DVD: The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands

Graham Fuller

Restored 1927 docudrama captures the hell and pity of war at sea

CD: Theo Parrish – American Intelligence

Barney Harsent

Theo Parrish's latest offering is strong on songs but overlong

CD: The Callstore – Save No One

Kieron Tyler

Compellingly dark debut album from transplanted Frenchman

CD: Wild Billy Childish & CTMF - Acorn Man

Guy Oddy

Lively garage rock from the outsider art veteran

CD: Gaussian Curve - Clouds

Barney Harsent

An improvised musical soup that boasts broth without the noodles

CD: Spectres – Dying

Barney Harsent

Spectres' debut LP is uncompromising, assured and not unlike being screamed at by a jet engine

Album of the Year: St Vincent- St Vincent

Katherine McLaughlin

Witty and tender musings on the modern world from the baroque pop queen

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