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

Film soundtrack review: The Shape Of Water (2017)

Composer Alexandre Desplat adds waves of musical magic to Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-nominated buoyant fantasy ‘The Shape of Water.’ How do you compose a score that sounds like it derives… Read more

Album Review: Various Artists – We Out Here (Brownswood)

Listening to Gilles Peterson on 6Music recently it was easy to get the impression that the music scene in New York is where it’s at as far as new jazz… Read more

Album review: Field Music – Open Here (Memphis Industries)

Field Music are brothers David and Peter Brewis from Sunderland in the north of England and Open Here is their seventh album in 14 years, not a bad work rate… Read more

Album Review: Nils Frahm – All Melody (Erased Tapes)

Funkhaus frequencies I discovered Nils Frahm just before he stopped touring to concentrate on building a new studio, it was bad timing especially when the full glory of his live… Read more

Album review: Thomas Stronen Time is a Blind Guide – Lucus (ECM)

Textural fluctuations It seems to be in the nature of Norwegian musicians to collaborate far and wide. Maybe it’s coming from such a sparsely populated country or perhaps it’s just… Read more

Film soundtrack review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2018)

An intimate score with dark connotations Having already garnered four awards at this year’s Golden Globes, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, with its emotional and politically charged plot with delightful… Read more