sat 19/01/2019

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: The Dandy Warhols - Why You So Crazy

Guy Oddy

Why You So Crazy is a woozy, disorientating and spaced-out affair with a similar understated production to the Dandy Warhols last album, 2016’s Distortland. Long gone is the brash, anthemic guitar glam-pop of the turn of the century. In those days, the Dandys gobbled horse-size pills, wouldn’t touch you if you were the last junky on Earth, and just wanted to be Bohemian like you.

CD: Morrissey and Marshall - And So It Began Again... Acoustically

Liz Thomson

Well this is a treat. Darren Morrissey and Greg Marshall, London-based Dubliners who began their musical life in the fair city as front men of Deshonos, repeat the trick they worked with We Rise (2017), returning to their 2014 debut album And So It Began Again and re-recording an all-acoustic version.

CD: William Tyler - Goes West

Kieron Tyler

Its Dali-esque sleeve image captures Goes West perfectly. Over its 10 instrumental tracks, the music drifts inwards from outside as if introducing...

CD: Abdesselam Damoussi and Nour Eddine - Jedba

Tim Cumming

It’s not often that music of this kind gets a release outside of Morocco, and Arc Music and the producer/musicians must be applauded for curating...

DVD/Blu-ray: Under the Tree

Markie Robson-Scott

If you’ve ever had an argument with a neighbour, watch Under the Tree and take notes. This mesmerising story of a dispute over a tree blocking the...

CD: Katie Doherty & The Navigators - And Then

Liz Thomson

Award-winning Geordie folk musician returns with long awaited second album

CD: Monzen Nakacho - Necropolis Spaceway

Thomas H Green

South coast synth wizard's second album delivers a punchy, tuneful electronic odyssey

CD: Pedro the Lion - Phoenix

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Redemption and rebirth in a return to old haunts and old names

VOD: 1985

Tom Birchenough

Black-and-white style and emotional heft fuel restrained gay-themed family drama

CD: Lorelle Meets the Obsolete – De Facto

Barney Harsent

The Mexican duo return with a head-spinning album of considered contrasts

CD: Venom - Storm the Gates

Guy Oddy

Black metallists reconvene for some further ear damage

DVD/Blu-ray: The Rider

Graham Fuller

Modern Western tells the true story of a young rodeo star after his career is cut short

CD: You Tell Me - You Tell Me

Kieron Tyler

Union of Admiral Fallow and Field Music members favours the latter over finding a new voice

CD: Yak - Pursuit of Momentary Happiness

Thomas H Green

Solid return for loud-rockin' London trio

CD: Daniel Knox - Chasescene

Mark Kidel

More French chanson than Americana

Blu-ray: Daisies

Graham Rickson

Surrealist gem from 1960s Czechoslovakia

Albums of the Year 2018: Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

Jo Southerd

Cynicism and crippling self-doubt on relevant, relatable record

Albums of the Year 2018: Ashley McBryde - Girl Going Nowhere

Ellie Porter

Charismatic country singer arrives with her Grammy-nominated major-label debut

Albums of the Year 2018: Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer

Owen Richards

Irresistible pop nuggets delivered a message of positivity and social change

Albums of the Year 2018: Joan Baez - Whistle Down the Wind

Liz Thomson

Joan Baez bows out with an album that deserves all the plaudits

Albums of the Year 2018: Mari Kalkun - Ilmamõtsan

Kieron Tyler

Estonian singer-songwriter unites beauty and an understated power

Albums of the Year 2018: William Parker - Voices Fall From The Sky

Peter Quinn

A profoundly beautiful paean to the human voice

Albums of the Year 2018: Ry Cooder - The Prodigal Son

Mark Kidel

Music that stirs the soul in a year of increasingly dangerous politics

Albums of the Year 2018: St Vincent - MassEducation

Russ Coffey

The New Yorker's once-more-with-feeling reboot was impossible to resist

Albums of the Year 2018: Helena Hauff - Qualm

Joe Muggs

The basic growls and howls of acid techno have power on and off the dancefloor

Albums of the Year 2018: The Gloaming - Live at the NCH

Tim Cumming

Pushing back the boundaries of contemporary folk

DVD/Blu-ray: Postcards from London

Tom Birchenough

Shades of Caravaggio and Francis Bacon beguile in Soho gay art history fantasy

Albums of the Year 2018: The Prodigy - No Tourists

Guy Oddy

Veteran Essex rave crew top the year with a sonic riot

Albums of the Year 2018: Nightports w/Matthew Bourne

Matthew Wright

Experimental and propulsive, Bourne and Nightports are a winning combination

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