Album Review: American Utopia (Nonesuch)

Back in 1983 David Byrne sang about Slippery People with Talking Heads, 35 years later those people are still in power but they’re even harder to make sense of. Byrne’s… Read more

Interview: Nicolas Krauze, conductor of Orchestre de Chamber Nouvelle Europe, France

We talk to Nicolas Krauze, conductor of the Orchestre de Chamber Nouvelle Europe in Paris, about the upcoming season, the importance of sound, and music he simply can’t live without.… Read more

Album review: The Breeders – All Nerve (4AD)

Regroup, re-ignite It’s a brick, look a little closer and you’ll see that the cover art is a broken engineering brick. Which is as good a metaphor for this album… Read more

International Women’s Day 2018: Women making waves

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’ve chosen some of our favourite female artists who inspire us through their musical creativity, social conscience and activism. World, take note. 1. Björk… Read more

Society of Sound: Erland Cooper short playlist

In these songs I find hope, despair, strength with weakness: love, lust and joy, melancholy and forgiveness. They elicit, in me, a reflection on childhood memory, folklore, Orkney and it’s… Read more

Album review: Keith Jarrett Gary Peacock Jack DeJohnette – After the Fall (ECM)

Back in the saddle Pianist Keith Jarrett is something of a legend among contemporary jazz musicians, his Koln Concerts released in 1975 is still the best selling album in the… Read more

Music and stress

Can music reduce stress?

Stress. Relaxation. A lot of people turn to music in relation to either of these things. But is it effective? With the help of science, history and music itself, we… Read more

Film soundtrack review: Black Panther (2018)

In what is perhaps the biggest Marvel film in recent years, we explore the cinematic sound of Black Panther: it’s orchestral score – composed by Ludwig Gooransson – and the… Read more

Album review: Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet – Landfall (Nonesuch)

After the storm In 2012 hurricane Sandy made landfall in North America and caused billions of dollars’ worth of damage, on her first release with the Kronos Quartet Laurie Anderson… Read more