Album Review: Gun Outfit – Out of Range (Paradise of Bachelors)

Prairie poetry Apparently this, Gun Outfit’s fifth album is an “Orphic-Gnostic suicide drive towards the hallucinatory vanishing points of the Southwestern desert, debating the denouement of the decaying American dream.”… Read more

Society of Sound: Mammal Hands production notes

Society of Sound’s November act Mammal Hands hark from the remote English town of Norwich, but their sound, style and energy suggests something wholly different. The band’s engineer George Atkins… Read more

Album Review: Lost Horizons – Ojala (Bella Union)

Hopeful return Lost Horizons is a collaboration between two movers and shakers of the eighties and nineties, Simon Raymonde and Richie Thomas, the former was bass player in the Cocteau… Read more

Album Review: Willow – The 1st (Roc Nation)

The travails of gilded youth If I had known who this 17 year old was before pressing play I might not have bothered. Singer and actress Willow Smith is the… Read more

Album Review: Courtney Barnett Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice (Marathon)

Rawkus harmonies These two unlikely collaborators met when Barnett’s band supported Vile on one of his Australian tours and she told him how much she liked his Smoke Rings for… Read more

Album Review: Robert Plant – Carry Fire (Noneuch)

The dying of the light The weight of history lies heavily on Robert Plant’s shoulders but as he approaches his 70th birthday in apparently finer fettle than many of his… Read more

Album Review: Melanie de Biasio – Lilies (PIAS)

Dark and direct Belgian chanteuse Melanie de Biasio established a stellar reputation with 2013’s No Deal, an album of smouldering jazz noire songs over dark and expansive soundscapes from piano,… Read more

Album Review: Wild Ponies – Galax (Gearbox)

Down on the farm Wild Ponies are Telisha and Doug Williams, a musical and nuptial partnership based in Nashville whose roots go back to the old time music of south… Read more

Album Review: Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers (Constellation)

A light on the horizon Just in case you fail to pick it up in their music Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s sixth release contains a manifesto of sorts, certainly the… Read more