mon 27/06/2016

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Metronomy - Summer 08

Katie Colombus

I’m going to be honest, Metronomy isn’t really my bag. Perhaps I’m not hipster or highbrow enough, but I just don’t get their jam. I feel a bit like Jon at the beginning of Lenny Abrahamsson’s Frank – slightly bewildered by the depths of the intellectual pop he’s witnessing, recognising the genius in there somewhere, but somehow on the outside of the super-cool in-crowd.To me, Metronomy are basically saying “huh, yeah, it is all a big joke, like the lyrics are so simple but they’re funny...

CD: Drcarlsonalbion – Falling With a Thousand Stars & Other Wonders From the House of Albion

Guy Oddy

Around the Summer Solstice seems a fitting time for Dylan Carlson’s latest solo album to appear under his Drcarlsonalbion guise. For Falling With a Thousand Stars & Other Wonders From the House of Albion is a collection of old folk ballads from pagan and rustic England and Scotland that deal with relations between humans and faeries and other supernatural creatures.It’s not an album that is likely to sit comfortably with the traditionalist folkie crowd though, as Carlson’s approach is to...

CD: Paper Tiger - Blast Off

Joe Muggs

Around the turn of the millennium, two producers – the Californian Otis Jackson Jr aka Madlib, and the late James Yancey aka J Dilla from Detroit –...

DVD/Blu-ray: Wim Wenders - The Road Trilogy

Graham Fuller

In the mid 1970s, the German director Wim Wenders quickly and cheaply made three road movies that, taken together, can be considered the apogee of...

DVD: Iona

Kieron Tyler

The wish to return to a place of past safety after a traumatic event is understandable. It helps if that place is remote and possibly beyond the...

CD: Mark Barrott - Sketches from an Island 2

Barney Harsent

The producer and record label boss delivers a beautiful blend of influences

CD: Deerhoof - The Magic

Kieron Tyler

Yet another frustrating album from the art-punk outfit

CD: Hannah Georgas - For Evelyn

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Expect the unexpected on Canadian songwriter's immersive breakup album

CD: DJ Shadow - The Mountain Will Fall

Thomas H Green

Game-changing US producer embraces the new with mixed results

CD: Jake Bugg – On My One

Barney Harsent

The distinctive singer struggles to find a unique voice

DVD: That Cold Day in the Park

Mark Kidel

Robert Altman period weirdness sizzles with suppressed violence and sexuality

CD: Neil Young + Promise of the Real – Earth

Adam Sweeting

Inexhaustible campaigner gets back to his eco-roots

CD: Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Getaway

Russ Coffey

The indestructible funk-rockers give a nod to their past

DVD: Born to Boogie

Kieron Tyler

Marc Bolan and T. Rextasy caught at their peak in the first film directed by Ringo Starr

CD: Laura Mvula – The Dreaming Room

Howard Male

Unique artist's second album proper is hampered slightly by over production

CD: Swans – The Glowing Man

Guy Oddy

Swans' latest line-up bows out with yet another career best

CD: Sarah Jarosz - Undercurrent

Thomas H Green

Country-tinged US singer-songwriter's fourth matches musical virtuosity with emotional punch

DVD: Heart of a Dog

Mark Kidel

The heart of Laurie Anderson's much-loved rat terrier takes us on a magical journey

DVD: The Revenant

Jasper Rees

Still epic: Leonardo Di Caprio is pursued by a bear on a smaller screen

CD: Train - Does Led Zeppelin II

Matthew Wright

A plastic bouquet of an album, okay till you get up close

DVD: Concussion

Adam Sweeting

Powerful lead performance from Will Smith drives footballing whistleblower drama

CD: Eli Paperboy Reed – My Way Home

Guy Oddy

Retro soul man praises the Lord and gets toes tapping

CD: Xylaroo - Sweetooth

Thomas H Green

Stunningly good debut shot from acoustic sibling duo

CD: Tom Odell - Wrong Crowd

Joe Muggs

Can the ultra-mainstream balladeer consolidate his success?

DVD: Victoria

Graham Fuller

Failed pianist turns getaway driver in a propulsive, one-take heist thriller

CD: Elza Soares – The Woman at the End of the World

Howard Male

A Brazilian icon's 34th album is her boldest, bravest statement to date

CD: The Kills - Ash and Ice

Guy Oddy

The Anglo-American duo return after an injury-induced five year break

DVD: Penda’s Fen

Kieron Tyler

Major Seventies British television drama unites the politically pointed with fantasy

CD: Tegan and Sara - Love You to Death

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Full-on electropop magnificence from Canadian sister duo


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