Album Reviews
Song Sung - The Ascension Is Ours

Song Sung – This Ascension is Ours

by Ross Horton

Their ethereal haze and retro-futurist vibe make for a blend of Broadcast, The Shangri-Las, and, well, all of the bands on the Killing Eve soundtrack

Romare – Home

by Ben Devlin

A groovy, infectious and deeply listenable record, recommended for all fans of repetitive electronic beats

Alain Johannes – Hum

by Sam Shepherd

A thoughtful and positive album from a turbulent time in Johannes’ life.

Max Richter – Voices

by Steven Johnson

Inspired by the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, it also feels like a celebration and validation of music itself

Fontaines DC – A Hero’s Death

by Nikki Bonnett

By choosing to embrace their calmer, and often much darker side, the Dubliners could well have given us their masterpiece

Charley Crockett – Welcome To Hard Times

by Ross Horton

A collection of beautifully written, passionately played and wonderfully sung songs that deserve as wide an audience as possible

Rival Consoles – Articulation

by Ben Devlin

Ryan West’s fifth album fits a pre-existing mould of the moody alternative house record

Alanis Morissette – Such Pretty Forks In The Road

by Nick Smith

Her first studio album in eight years sports inspiring lyrical touches and affecting vocal sincerity, placing it among her best albums

The Psychedelic Furs – Made Of Rain

by Ross Horton

Relentlessly gloomy atmospherics and punishing gothic beauty shows they’ve not lost a step – and they’ve made a few new ones

The Coronas – True Love Waits

by Chloe Johnson

The Irish band’s latest collection is lighthearted and easy to like, but it’s maybe in need of a slice of lime

John Foxx And The Maths – Howl

by Ben Hogwood

A storming electropop record taking account of our time, but fighting with positive energy, the creative fires burning brightly in the darkness

Jessy Lanza – All The Time

by Ben Devlin

Enjoyable bops and ditties for those who like their tunes retro and mischievous

Nick Cave @ Alexandra Palace, London (online)

by John Murphy

Cave draws widely from his back catalogue for a solo piano show that lifts the bar considerably for online gigs.

PJ Harvey – Dry Demos

by Ross Horton

The first release of her demos should be required listening for anyone even remotely interested in how great music is made from humble beginnings

Taylor Swift – Folklore

by Chloe Johnson

The National’s Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver appear on an album that is sad, beautiful, somewhat tragic, a little bit off the wall, but most...

Courtney Marie Andrews – Old Flowers

by Steven Johnson

Songs of melancholy and regret that bridge the old and the new.

Shirley Collins – Heart’s Ease

by Ben Hogwood

Heart’s Ease proves Shirley Collins to be a musical key worker, her songs compelling at every turn.

Seasick Steve – Love & Peace

by Ross Horton

The ‘grizzled’ bluesman has made it to his 10th album, and you’d have be pretty miserable to think it wasn’t harmless fun

Samantha Crain – A Small Death

by Ben Hogwood

Personal adversity is overcome on an album of memorable, delicately shaded music.

The Chicks – Gaslighter

by Chloe Johnson

Gaslighter tells the narrative of Natalie Maines’ painful divorce, all simmering anger and raw storytelling

The Pretenders – Hate For Sale

by Chloe Johnson

Vivacious, splendidly wicked, refreshing and just that little bit dangerous return from Chrissie Hynde and co