fri 17/08/2018

New releases on CD & DVD

DVD: Al Berto

Tom Birchenough

There are plenty of reasons to be apprehensive about biopics of poets. The activity of writing is most often, after all, anything but cinematic, unless its moments of creativity are forced, while the “myth” of the poet all too easily becomes stereotypical.

CD: Moskus - Mirakler

Kieron Tyler

Last month, theartsdesk reviewed Skadedyr’s Musikk!, an eccentric album which skipped “through jazz, traditional music, atonal scrapings and wind instrument burblings.” Twelve Norwegian musicians were heard.

DVD: Arcadia

Mark Kidel

Arcadia is the latest and the best of a series of films which draw on the archives of the BFI and the BBC, collages of often forgotten footage,...

CD: Oh Sees - Smote Reverser

Owen Richards

Oh Sees have been perennial festival favourites for over 15 years now, releasing 21 albums under seven different band names. The change of name...

CD: Slaves - Acts of Fear And Love

Guy Oddy

When Kentish hardcore punk two-piece, Slaves emerged with their debut album, Are You Satisfied?, they caused quite a stir with lairy tunes of...

CD: Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood - With Animals

Kieron Tyler

Spectral union of America’s master of melancholy and the British multi-instrumentalist

CD: Gorgon City - Escape

Thomas H Green

Fully functional, if predictable, return from pop-house duo

Blu-ray: La Belle et la bête

Graham Rickson

Iconic, influential cinematic fairytale, perfect for children of all ages

CD: Tom Baxter - The Other Side of Blue

Liz Thomson

After 10 years, Baxter breaks the silence

CD: Jake Shears - Jake Shears

Caspar Gomez

The Scissor Sisters' singer comes back solo at full fruity tilt

Blu-ray: Mishima - A Life in Four Chapters

Mark Kidel

Paul Schrader's masterpiece: a life lived as a work of art

CD: Death Grips - Year of the Snitch

Guy Oddy

Experimental hip-hoppers’ sixth album has plenty to chew on

CD: Gulp - All Good Wishes

Barney Harsent

A Super Furry Animal and friends return with a blissful follow-up

CD: Iggy Azalea - Survive the Summer

Joe Muggs

Australian-American good-times rapper sings the cultural appropriation blues

DVD: Western

Tom Birchenough

A German-Bulgarian joint venture with a very special cadence

CD: The Proclaimers - Angry Cyclist

Thomas H Green

Tenth album from Scottish pair has poetic teeth, righteous attitude and solid songs

CD: Dee Snider - For the Love of Metal

Thomas H Green

Over-the-top antics from one of heavy rock's hammiest old hands

CD: Bansangu Orchestra - Bansangu Orchestra

Peter Quinn

Joyous noises and fascinating rhythms from remarkable band of London's finest

CD: Echo Ladies – Pink Noise

Barney Harsent

A grown-up sound that perfectly encapsulates the problems of youth

CD: Jah Wobble - Dream World

Joe Muggs

Punk-dub-experimental bass behemoth and inveterate experimenter in introspective form

DVD/Blu-ray: Peter Rabbit

Graham Rickson

Frenetic Beatrix Potter update gives us a leporine the author could never have imagined

CD: All Saints - Testament

Thomas H Green

Nineties pop queens return with unforced aplomb. And William Orbit

CD: Skadedyr - Musikk!

Kieron Tyler

Magpie-minded smörgåsbord from Norway’s self-declared musical ‘pests’

DVD: That Summer

David Nice

Before 'Grey Gardens', Big and Little Edie Bouvier Beale welcome cousin Lee and friend

CD: Breathe Panel - Breathe Panel

Javi Fedrick

Brighton quartet produce an album of shoegaze-pop perfect for the summer

CD: Tanukichan - Sundays

Thomas H Green

Decent opening shot of phased out dream-pop from California

CD: Graham Bonnet Band - Meanwhile Back in the Garage

Russ Coffey

The former Rainbow singer preaches to the faithful

CD: Pram - Across the Meridian

Thomas H Green

One of the country's more curious bands returns after an 11-year break

CD: Daron Malakian and Scars on Broadway – Dictator

Ellie Porter

The System of a Down songwriter's latest project should keep the troops happy

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