Album Reviews
The Hamrahlíð Choir - Come And Be Joyful

The Hamrahlíð Choir – Come And Be Joyful

by Chris White

Having featured on Björk’s Utopia album and guested on her Cornucopia tour, the Icelandic choral craft masters here offer up a unique experience

Moses Boyd – Dark Matter

by Steven Johnson

A quietly trailblazing amalgam of sounds, a projection of well-founded confidence from an increasingly exciting operator

Sigur Rós – Odin’s Raven Magic

by Matt Cotsell

Recorded live with Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Steindór Andersen and Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, it captures them reconciling their genius with the praise heaped upon them

Soho Rezanejad – Perform And Surrender

by Matt Cotsell

A truly striking record built for introverts and flaneurs alike, one whose delights you’ll quickly succumb to

The Golden Age Of Steam – Tomato Brain

by Lewis Oxley

Eerily mind-bending noise from another planet that is too unsettling to entirely understand, almost too abstract to criticise, and too hard to commend

Half Japanese – Crazy Hearts

by Matt Cotsell

A new record by Jad Fair and buddies is perennial cause for merriment: a bewitching assortment of rubbery love songs and caustic noise

Son Lux – Tomorrows II

by Matt Cotsell

Placing anxieties within a collage of expertly designated snatches of melody, and courageously exposing innate fragility

Calexico – Seasonal Shift

by Steven Johnson

A festive themed album that deserves to be viewed equally alongside the rest of their discography

The Smashing Pumpkins – CYR

by Ben Hogwood

Billy Corgan has made the contemporary pop record his heart has been chasing

Young Marble Giants – Colossal Youth (40th Anniversary Edition)

by Matt Cotsell

Over the space of just 29 songs they deconstructed the family tree of rock ‘n’ roll, and inadvertently managed to uncover a new branch

Ane Brun – How Beauty Holds The Hand Of Sorrow

by Alan Ashton-Smith

Elegiac and reflective, this stripped back affair wonderfully intertwines, both thematically and musically, with its predecessor

Steps – What The Future Holds

by Nick Smith

Bold and brilliant, a canny mix of the dance-pop of yore, the Abba-like harmonies with key changes, and the big ballads with some welcome nuance

Miley Cyrus – Plastic Hearts

by John Murphy

The sound of a revitalised artist – and this new identity could be her most successful yet

Festival Review: EFG London Jazz Festival 2020

by Daniel Paton

A pandemic-curtailed experience still opened up bold, uncompromising and personal musical visions from the likes of Yazz Ahmed, Dinosaur and Sarathy Korwar

Adhelm – Yasam Rose

by Matt Cotsell

Beyond esoteric in its delivery, here beneath shifting sediment is music that gives voice to the disembodied and subjugated

Cabaret Voltaire – Shadow Of Fear

by Nicoletta Wylde

If anxiety has a musical partner, it’s very much electronica, as evidenced by a well-rounded release from a very much missed set of geniuses

Neil Diamond with the London Symphony Orchestra – Classic Diamonds

by Chris White

Syrupier than a super-sized stack of American pancakes, it’s also impossible to resist wolfing down as a deliciously guilty pleasure

Megan Thee Stallion – Good News

by Ben Devlin

Chock-full of sexually charged lyrics, A-list features, catchy hooks, stellar verses and feisty attitude

The Cribs – Night Network

by Tim Lee

As belligerently brilliant as could be hoped for, 12 more assertions of greatness from a band who you really should like

Ana Roxanne – Because Of A Flower

by Matt Cotsell

The Californian ambient musician has made seven transcendentally harmonious pieces that recall the intense delight of cool precipitation upon prickly skin

Luke Abbott – Translate

by Matt Cotsell

Following recent setbacks in his personal life, this is, for all intensive purposes, his impression of a breakup record