Archives for May 2014

Guided By Voices – Cool Planet

Having used more mid-fi tailoring for the well-measured Motivational Jumpsuit, released only a matter of months ago, Guided By Voices return rapidly with a second LP for 2014, which keeps the now solidly established reunion rolling on, albeit via more lateral routes. With ‘classic-era’ line-up drummer Kevin Fennell having left somewhat … [Read more...]

Various Artists – I Saved Latin! A Tribute To Wes Anderson

Alongside colourful visuals and distinctively deadpan acting, the esoteric films of Wes Anderson would be lacking without their well-curated soundtrack choices.  Masterfully-skewed towards lesser-heard wares from The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Faces, Nick Drake and likeminded others, a comprehensive anthology of Anderson’s film scores for the … [Read more...]

Martha Wainwright – Come Home to Mama

Martha Wainwright’s Come Home to Mama, released in 2012 on SOCAN/ASCAP, is disappointing from such a talented artist. “I Wanna Make an Arrest”, like other tracks such as “I am Sorry”, “Leave Behind” and “Can You Believe” are not lyrically working. Wainwright’s voice does not match the songwriting or the music here. In “All Your Clothes”, the timing … [Read more...]

New Album from Sandy (AKA Alexi Glickman) in June

SAN FRANCISCO BASED SANDY'S PRESENT DEBUT ALBUM FOURTH DEMENTIA FIRST SINGLE "YUBA DIAMOND" PREMIERES: https://soundcloud.com/#um-yeah-arts/sandys-song-title-yuba-diamond FOURTH DEMENTIA  OUT JUNE 3RD ON BAY AREA ARTS COLLECTIVE UM YEAH ARTS After releasing the 2008 critically-acclaimed record Old Home Movies with the Botticellis, … [Read more...]

Onelinedrawing – Me And You Are Two

A lot of you may have encountered Jonah Matranga in one or more of his guises previously. A talented and hardworking musician, his list of collaborations with other musicians, bands and producers make for an interesting read on his Wikipedia page, where you can find out about his connections to artistes as diverse as Linkin Park, Lupe Fiasco, … [Read more...]

Eat Lights Become Lights – Into Forever

A year can be a long time for super-prolific latter-day kosmische disciples.  And the last 12 months have certainly seen a seemingly inexhaustible supply of such purveyors' wares (especially through The Great Pop Supplement’s sister label Deep Distance, which has slipped out some seriously salivating and collectible releases from the likes of … [Read more...]

New EP from Nausica

Nausica will release a new EP in May Christened after the Hayao Miyazaki film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Nausica (the band) inhabits a music world as cinematic as its namesake. The touch points are varied. There’s the emotive slurs in Karkoschka’s operatic soprano, often taking it from a rough, PJ-Harvey-style pronouncement to an … [Read more...]

The Imaginary Suitcase – Driftwood

Laurent Leemans has an extensive background in the Belgian alt.folk scene, and the former member of La Vierge du Chancelier Rolin and still current member of Ceili Moss has some considerable skill as a guitarist and songwriter, with over two decades experience now behind him. I need to complement M. Leemans on his ever having been part of a band … [Read more...]

Q&A with Watoo Watoo

Salut Michaël!  I’ve been spinning your lovely recent album, Un Si Longue Attente, and for some reason the phrase “jolie-pop” springs to my mind… Since you and Pascale are both natives of France, maybe you understand what I mean by that terminology.  Your music is pleasing and inviting, despite the occasional bleak lyrics. Do you think the … [Read more...]