sat 13/07/2024

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Chris Cohen - Paint a Room

Kieron Tyler

Paint a Room is idiosyncratic, but it is an absolute joy. Accessible too. Permeated with a summery vibe, its 10 songs glisten like the surface of lake catching the setting sun’s rays. There’s a lightness, a buoyancy which instantly fascinates.

Album: Catherine Russell and Sean Mason - My Ideal

Sebastian Scotney

Voice and piano.The combination can have a simplicity, a conversational freedom, a rightness about it, as it does here.

Album: AJ Lee & Blue Summit - City of Glass

Thomas H Green

In the world of popular music, tangential connections to success are profile-raising. They offer an immediate connection to an artist. It is beholden...

Blu-ray: Merry-Go-Round (Körhinta)

Graham Rickson

There’s a lot to unpick in Zoltán Fabri’s 1956 film Merry-Go-Round (Körhinta). Take leading man Imre Soós’s disarming resemblance to a young Peter O’...

Album: Joe Goddard - Harmonics

Joe Muggs

Joe Goddard’s torrent of creativity rarely fails to amaze. As well as eight albums as a crucial part of Hot Chip, he has made two in the 2 Bears duo...

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Album: Kiiōtō - As Dust we Rise

Kieron Tyler

Jazz-tinged union of the former lynchpins of Lamb and Urban Cookie Collective

Album: Kokoko! - Butu

Mark Kidel

Music to raise the spirits of the forest

Album: Enter Shikari - Dancing on the Frontline

Tom Carr

Electronic-hardcore-rock fusion pioneers resist sitting on their hands

Album: Kasabian - Happenings

Thomas H Green

Eighth album from Leicester electro-rockers lacks heft

DVD/Blu-Ray: Back to Black

Markie Robson-Scott

Sam Taylor-Johnson's enjoyable but soft-focused take on the Amy Winehouse story

Album: Jeff Mills - The Eyewitness

Joe Muggs

40+ albums in and the Detroit luminary is still creating bamboozling mesmerism

Album: Imagine Dragons - Loom

Tom Carr

Nevada mainstream giants return with a little that is different, but a lot that is familiar

Album: Camila Cabello - C,XOXO

Joe Muggs

She's rattling the bars of her creative cage, but they're not breaking

Album: Johnny Cash - Songwriter

Liz Thomson

The Man in Black returns

Album: Linda Thompson - Proxy Music

Tim Cumming

Music by appointment to folk-rock royalty, from family and friends

Blu-ray: Army of Shadows

Graham Rickson

Melville's French Resistance epic still shocks and thrills

Album: Madeleine Peyroux - Let's Walk

Thomas H Green

Ninth album from US singer is a quietly likeable set of retro jazz-blues contemplations

Album: Zara McFarlane - Sweet Whispers: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan

Sebastian Scotney

McFarlane's best album to date

Album: Wytch Pycknyck - Wytch Pycknyck

Thomas H Green

Debut from south coast quartet renders heavy rock as stunningly messed-up psychedelia

Album: Pepe Deluxé - Comix Sonix

Guy Oddy

Psychedelic electronica that doesn’t play by anyone’s rules

Album: Naomi Bedford & Paul Simmonds - Strange News Has Come to Town

Liz Thomson

A long time coming - but well worth the wait

Blu-ray: The Small Back Room

Nick Hasted

An alcoholic Englishman as unexploded bomb, in Powell and Pressburger’s Blitz noir

Album: Kehlani - CRASH

Joe Muggs

A rich and bewitching brew from an ever-creative R&B new-schooler

Album: John Moreland - Visitor

Tim Cumming

Haunted and haunting Americana

Album: Moby - Always Centered at Night

Thomas H Green

A sprinkling of well-wrought songs enliven a sometimes unstimulating collaborative album

Album: Kneecap - Fine Art

Guy Oddy

Belfast hip hop trio hit the spot with their lively debut

Album: John Grant - The Art of the Lie

Kieron Tyler

The forthright US singer-songwriter sets the personal in a wider context

Album: John Cale - POPtical Illusion

Mark Kidel

A further surge of energy from an old hand

Album: Sea Girls - Midnight Butterflies

Ellie Roberts

Another fun indie pop album from Sea Girls

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