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Björk - Utopia

Björk – Utopia

by John Murphy

After the storm, comes the calm. The last time we heard from Björk was when she released her most personal, heartfelt album to date, the…



Fleet Foxes @ Brixton Academy, London


Crack-Up, the long awaited third Fleet Foxes album is one of the under-the-radar, slow-burning successes of 2017. Finally released after a hiatus which saw frontman...

Wolf Alice @ Alexandra Palace, London


Wolf Alice are clearly very happy to be here. Ellie Rowsell makes it obvious from the off, shrieking “Londooon!” as the four-piece step out onto...

Algiers @ Moth Club, London


It goes without saying that no one in attendance at the Moth Club for the first of Algiers‘ two night residency is going to be...

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built The Moon?


Eight years after Oasis split up, the Gallagher brothers finally seem to have moved on as musicians. Having turned 50 this year, Noel Gallagher has...

Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest


Despite it being her fifth studio album, Rest has a sense of being Charlotte Gainsbourg‘s ‘proper’ debut record. From her notorious debut written by her...

Anna Meredith @ Oval Space, London


Five years have passed since Anna Meredith’s astonishing, exhilarating Nautilus first surfaced, and nearly two since the release of her debut album on which it...

Morrissey – Low In High School


Though The Smiths inspire deep and widespread affection, Morrissey himself has always been a divisive character and is fast turning into a Marmite musician. Since...

Jake Shears @ Heaven, London


Scissor Sisters’ indefinite hiatus since the end of 2012 has so far been interrupted only by a co-authored charity single SWERLK with MNDR, released this...

Taylor Swift – Reputation


So, how to follow up an album like 1989? Taylor Swift‘s fourth album was a true modern pop classic, a record that seemed to define...

Watter – History Of The Future


Formed in 2014 and consisting of members of Grails (Zak Riles) and Slint (Britt Walford), Watter ruffled a few feathers with their debut album, This...

Fever Ray – Plunge


Karin Dreijer, aka Fever Ray and formerly half of Swedish brother and sister duo The Knife, is back. Last heard fronting her band’s farewell (and...

The War On Drugs @ Apollo, Manchester


There’s a sense of fatherly pride when you see a band graduate from smaller venues to the more notable ones in your city. In three...

Esmerine – Mechanics Of Dominion


Mechanics Of Dominion, the latest album from Esmerine, and not the worst MOT centre known to humanity, opens with a song entitled The Space In...

Destroyer – ken


Dan Bejar’s Destroyer project shows no signs of fizzling out, despite now being well into its second decade, with ken becoming the prolific Canadian’s 12th...

Banks @ Hammersmith Apollo, London


Cloaked, and flanked by two dancers, Banks emerges on a stage bathed in red light. A slick, sexy performance follows where the millennial queen of...

Girl Ray @ Scala, London


North London three piece Girl Ray are still at the early stage of their career where they proudly list their musical influences on their various...

John Carpenter – Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998


The influence of John Carpenter’s movies is undeniable. Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without Halloween for example, and the exploits of Michael Myers have influenced slasher...

Beck – Colors


The ‘musical magpie’, the ‘kooky Scientologist’, or plain Beck Hansen returns from the wilderness with news from his latest planet of sound. Colors (American spelling,...

Högni – Two Trains


Over the course of the last decade Högni Egilsson has led a varied and musical existence. He’s been a key figure in the development of...

Lost Horizons – Ojalá


Bella Union label owner and Cocteau Twins bassist, Simon Raymonde, emerges from behind the shop counter with a former label-mate and frequent collaborator, Dif Juz...