thu 30/07/2015

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Richard Fairhurst & John Taylor – Duets

Matthew Wright

With the sad news of John Taylor’s sudden death at the age of 72 following a heart attack during a performance at the Saveurs Festival (France) earlier this month, this delightful and intimate but low-key release acquires unexpected lapidary weight. Taylor, an undisputed and much admired, though self-taught, master of contemporary jazz piano, made his name in London in the late 1960s collaborating with both mainstream (John Dankworth and Cleo Laine) and avant-garde (Kenny Wheeler and Norma...

CD: 10.000 Russos - 10.000 Russos

Guy Oddy

There is something strange happening in mainland Europe at the moment. Perhaps this has been spurred on by a feeling that the old certainties of the past aren’t quite so solid, but a mind-expanding psychedelia with an eye for the dance-floor and free of navel-gazing pastoral whimsy has been springing up in all kinds of unexpected places. Bands like Goat and Sonic Jesus (from Sweden and Italy respectively) have begun to make themselves heard by peddling sonic rituals that take their cues from a...

DVD: How to be Eccentric - The Essential Richard...

Graham Rickson

Improbably described by the French archivist and critic Henri Langlois as “the greatest technician and the greatest poet of British cinema”, it seems...

CD: Vetiver – Complete Strangers

Kieron Tyler

The listless Complete Strangers drifts by in such a haze that it’s impossible to maintain any concentration on it after the first 10 minutes or so....

CD: The Maccabees - Marks to Prove It

Lisa-Marie Ferla

That I’ve tended to lump The Maccabees in with a certain brand of mid-Noughties landfill lad-rock is my problem, not theirs; not least because the...

CD: Joss Stone – Water For Your Soul

Matthew Wright

Devon soul singer learns reggae for her seventh album, to surprising effect

DVD: While We're Young

Ellin Stein

Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts confront mid-life anxieties in Noah Baumbach's wry comedy

CD: Iron and Wine/ Ben Bridwell - Sing Into My Mouth

Russ Coffey

Odd-couple alt-country collaborators create a thing of understated beauty

CD: Owl & Mouse - Departures

Thomas H Green

Australian sibling band hit home with a set for the broken-hearted

DVD: The Face of an Angel

Kieron Tyler

Michael Winterbottom-directed farrago centring on the Meredith Kercher case

CD: Lautari - Vol 67, 2014 Live

Tim Cumming

Avant-folk riches from the heart of rural Poland

CD: Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free

Lisa-Marie Ferla

How to follow up a masterpiece by Americana's finest songwriter

CD: Tame Impala - Currents

Barney Harsent

Kevin Parker's anticipated album aims for the stars, but stumbles soon after launch

DVD: Cemetery Without Crosses

Kieron Tyler

Remarkable French take on the Western demands to be seen

CD: Sleaford Mods - Key Markets

Guy Oddy

East Midlands duo take a fiery stand against Austerity Britain

CD: The Chemical Brothers - Born in the Echoes

Thomas H Green

Eighth album from dance music perennials rejects notions they're on the wane

DVD: A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

David Nice

Mortality and just a touch of mercy in Roy Andersson's version of everyday Swedish life

CD: Gwenno – Y Dydd Olaf

Kieron Tyler

Misty, mostly Welsh-language anti-totalitarian concept album

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Love Affair

Kieron Tyler

Mod-inclined soul-pop from the band who disastrously admitted to not playing on their own singles

CD: Veruca Salt - Ghost Notes

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Alt-rockers return with gospel according to saints Nina and Louise

DVD: The Yellow Balloon

Nick Hasted

A 12-year-old loses his way in a threatening Fifties London thriller

CD: The Pretty Things - The Sweet Pretty Things (Are In Bed Now, of Course)

Barney Harsent

Phil May and co find a new lease of life and rich vein of form

CD: Asian Dub Foundation - More Signal More Noise

Guy Oddy

Triumphant return for the East London musical magpies

DVD: Story of My Death

Tom Birchenough

Elliptical Catalan film illuminates hypnotic encounter of sensuality and darkness

CD: Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People

Kieron Tyler

Doo-wop and honking sax on the musical eccentric’s calling card to a mass audience

CD: Xaos - Chaos

Mark Kidel

Masterful blend of ancient and modern Greek sounds

Reissue CDs Weekly: Sex Pistols

Kieron Tyler

Another outing for the seminal ‘Spunk’ bootleg

CD: Alternative TV - Opposing Forces

Thomas H Green

First for 14 years from punk original Mark Perry and band

DVD: The Man with the Golden Arm

Kieron Tyler

Frank Sinatra is tantalised by heroin in the film which changed American cinema


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