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

Album Review: The National – Sleep Well Beast (4AD)

An experimental sonic and lyrical treat The National’s Bryce Dessner seems to be everywhere, he works on so many other projects: the Revenant OST, a ballet, the Planetarium song cycle… Read more

Album Review: Micah P. Hinson – Presents The Holy Strangers (Full Time Hobby)

Gothic opera Having Listened to this fabulously dark tale of gothic Americana it’s no surprise to discover that Micah P. Hinson grew up in a fundamentalist Christian household. The track… Read more