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Angelo Badalamenti - Blue Velvet OST

Angelo Badalamenti – Blue Velvet OST

by Sam Shepherd

Before Twin Peaks redefined television and invented “the water cooler moment”, there was Blue Velvet, a film that turned the murder mystery on its head….



Zola Jesus – Okovi


The sixth album from Nika Roza Danilova under her Zola Jesus moniker finds her not just perfecting her sound (a sound that to be honest,...

Tori Amos – Native Invader


Back in 1994, Q Magazine ran a cover feature – entitled ‘Hips, Lips, Tits, Power’ – showcasing a holy triumvirate of PJ Harvey, Björk and...

Festival Review: Leeds 2017


It may still be considered a rock festival, but Reading and Leeds is anything but in its 2017 incarnation. The event’s gradual transition to an...

The National – Sleep Well Beast


Scroll through this year’s record release schedule, and you could be mistaken for having a little early 2000s deja vu. Already we’ve had the returns...

Susanne Sundfør – Music For People In Trouble


It took Susanne Sundfør a little while to break through, but with her fifth album, Ten Love Songs, she did just that. That album was...

OMD – The Punishment Of Luxury


The new technology backlash starts here. On the face of it, it’s a brave move to take new media to task when your music is...

Mary Epworth – Elytral


The title is an immediate curiosity. ‘Elytral’ refers to the ‘modified, hardened forewing of certain insect orders, notably beetles’ – and is the moniker under...

Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun


Album number nine from Mogwai finds the band heading into their future without guitarist John Cummings. As if to offset the loss of one of...

Starsailor – All This Life


Starsailor are one of those bands critically dismissed out of hand, remembered as nothing particularly special, a bit like Stereophonics or Embrace. It’s easy to...

Hercules And Love Affair – Omnion


Nearly a decade on from Blind, their immersively addictive and so far most popular track, Hercules And Love Affair return with another stylishly polished deep...

Festival Review: Green Man 2017


Before you even hear the first note, a scream of feedback or pounding beats blare out of one of Green Man’s sound systems, the event...

LCD Soundsystem – American Dream


“It’s gonna have to be good enough, I can’t do this anymore, my brain won’t work.” So James Murphy confesses on recent single Tonite. Hardly...

Queens Of The Stone Age – Villains


From spacey disco rock to fragile ballads, Queens Of The Stone Age‘s Mark Ronson-produced Villains is a powerful yet thoughtful album covering a spectrum of...

Liars – TFCF


In the final moments of No Help Pamphlet, a twisted and morphed voice message enters the fray. Presumably it’s from Liars’ sole remaining member Angus...

Widowspeak – Expect The Best


Now fundamentally a duo consisting of founding member Molly Hamilton alongside Robert Earl Thomas, Widowspeak have found themselves – well, songwriter Hamilton mainly – influenced...

Portico Quartet – Art In The Age Of Automation


It is nearly a decade since the distinctive, enchanting sound of the hang pulled many of us in to the world of the Portico Quartet...

Iron And Wine – Beast Epic


Recent years have seen Sam Beam focus more on collaborating with other musicians rather than releasing music under the Iron And Wine name. However, after...

The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding


Despite emerging on the roster of Indiana’s impeccably indie Secretly Canadian, the music of The War On Drugs has always had more in common with...

EMA – Exile In The Outer Ring


EMA, aka Erika Anderson, has pretty much always failed to meet expectations. She’s far more interesting than that. From her work with noise-folk trio Gowns,...

Ghostpoet – Dark Days + Canapés


There’s a sense of foreboding from the very first note of Ghostpoet‘s fourth album – the distorted vocals and incessant drum machine beats of One...