On the surface Heretofore might seem a more straightforward record compared to last year’s debut album but dig a little deeper and the band’s skilful melding of the traditional and the experimental is just as apparent.
The songs on this release from Tompkins Square are versions of songs written as far back as the American Civil War. Their lightness of tone masks a world of knowledge most of us (thankfully) just don’t have access too.
Matt Poacher speaks to Alex Neilson about what has been quite a year for Trembling Bells, and his views on the inherent nostalgia of the folk scene, flowery shirts and ah, Jennifer Rush.
Matt Poacher takes a long walk through the history of British music, using Rob Young’s recent Electric Eden as a companion.
The Mogwai live experience is a thing of controlled violence and beauty – something that has evolved from years of playing shows and playing with one another to a near telepathic understanding of build and release. Special Moves is the essential document of that experience.
From Which the River Rises documents Richard Skelton’s fascination with the River Yarrow on the West Penine Moors and on it, like an alchemist, he manages to evoke the raw tissue of experience.
Folk Against Fascism is a double CD filled with folk luminaries working to combat the dumb belligerence of the BNP. It’s a strong collection but is it enough?
The Quiet Lamb is Her Name is Calla’s debut album and is an 80-minute epic. It can be tough going but contains plenty of rewards.
Nina Nastasia has added another slab to her considerable bulwark of releases. A paean to stickability it’s up there with her best work.
The Lowland Hundred are the duo of Tim Noble and Paul Newland, currently based in Aberystwyth and Under Cambrian Sky is their first album – a response to the lie of the land, both material and immaterial.
The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton is the first Clogs record for five years and whether there is some dark channelling afoot or just a natural progression, it’s something of a departure for them, and something of triumph.
For their first record in 5 years, Broken Social Scene enlist John McEntire and make what is for them, a straight up rock record. Predictably it’s something of a triumphant mess…
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