mon 28/11/2022

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Stormzy - This Is What I Mean

Barney Harsent

“All of this music, it’s nothing to do with the listener,” Stormzy announced to Louis Theroux in a recent TV interview. “All I can do is feel what I feel and document that, and whatever that is, that’s what it’s going to be.”

Album: Sophie Jamieson - Choosing

Kieron Tyler

Choosing packs a punch – the effect of which lingers. What’s captured by these 11 songs comes across as unfiltered, disconcertingly direct. And what it is that’s captured appears to be an account of someone getting to grips with how their lifestyle has had negative impacts.

Album: Weyes Blood - And in the Darkness, Hearts...

Thomas H Green

There’s been a quiet storm of critical approval building around Weyes Blood. American singer Natalie Mering has been releasing music for over a...

Album: Micah P Hinson - I Lie to You

Thomas H Green

Even the jolliest number on Micah P Hinson’s new album, a banjo-pickin’, wistful campfire jig entitled “Waking on Eggshells”, has him singing, “Give...

Blu-ray: Dragon's Return

Graham Rickson

Slovak director Eduard Grečner wrote the first draft of a screenplay for Dragon’s Return (Drak sa vracia) in 1956 but didn’t have the...

Album: Carl Cox - Electronic Generations

Thomas H Green

One of the world's best-loved DJs returns with a set of techno-centric bangers

Album: Jamie Lenman - The Atheist

Tom Carr

UK Alt-rock cult hero Jamie Lenman returns, smoothed out yet still honest and full of charm

Album: Christeene - Midnite Fukk Train

Thomas H Green

Boundary-smashing in-yer-face performer's third album hits musical paydirt

Album: Craig Fortnam - Luna One - A-Sides - Full Moon Releases October 2021 - September 2022

Joe Muggs

An extraordinary outpouring from a wellspring of chamber psyche-pop

Album: Neil Young with Crazy Horse - World Record

Barney Harsent

The singer returns with a collection of certified classics and frustrating misfires

Blu-ray: The Trial

Nick Hasted

Sixtieth-anniversary, 4K restoration of Orson Welles' visually exhilarating take on Kafka

Album: Dermot Kennedy - Sonder

Barney Harsent

The singer sticks to the plan on his second album of crowd-pleasing, high-polish pop

Album: Larkin Poe - Blood Harmony

Tim Cumming

Sisters keep doing it for themselves: Megan and Rebecca Lovell are on song

Album: Bruce Springsteen - Only the Strong Survive

Liz Thomson

The Boss serves up 15 soul classics

Album: STR4TA - STR$TASFEAR

Joe Muggs

Somehow a perfect facsimile of the past sounds entirely fresh

Blu-ray: The Owl Service

Graham Rickson

Unsettling, mesmerising mixture of teenage angst and folk horror

Album: Xhosa Cole - Ibeji

Guy Oddy

UK jazzer takes a stylistic left turn with an album of saxophone and percussion duets

Blu-ray: The Strange Door

Graham Fuller

Charles Laughton is a spectacularly fruity villain in this swashbuckling Gothic romp

Album: Morton Valence - Morton Valence

Thomas H Green

Eighth album from London duo who excel at beautifully doomed country songs

Album: First Aid Kit - Palomino

Katie Colombus

A soundtrack for growing up, moving on and riding off into the sunset

Album: Laura Jean - Amateurs

Kieron Tyler

Evidence that Australian singer-songwriter should breach her own border

Blu-ray: The Count Yorga Collection

Nick Hasted

Hip, vicious Seventies vampire update sees a Gothic count stalk LA

Album: Daniel Avery - Ultra Truth

Joe Muggs

Introspection and maturation from the leftfield dance mainstay

Album: Tropical Gothclub - Tropical Gothclub

Tom Carr

QOTSA and The Dead Weather all-rounder injects hard rock with trippy vibes

Blu-ray: The Ballad of Tam-Lin

Graham Fuller

A deserved revival for Roddy McDowall's Scottish folk horror parable

Album: Aoife Nessa Frances - Protector

Kieron Tyler

Alluring second album from the distinctive Irish singer-songwriter

Album: Taylor Swift - Midnights

Nick Hasted

Synthpop noir and superlative phrasing from an imperious pop star

Album: Goat - Oh Death

Guy Oddy

Scandinavian shamen return with a lively new ritual

Album: Witch Fever - Congregation

Thomas H Green

An energised two-pronged punk-metal assault on Christianity and the patriarchy

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