Archives for August 2017

Various Artists – Avocet Revisited EP

Given the ceaseless archival patronage that London’s Earth Recordings has given to the back catalogue of the late Bert Jansch, it was perhaps only a matter of time before the label branched-out into a compiling a tribute collection of some stripe.  It might have seemed logical - although more logistically complex - to round-up a gargantuan covers … [Read more...]

Antietam – Intimations Of Immortality

A lot has changed in the world since Antietam last put out an album in 2011.  Yet like close comrades Eleventh Dream Day, the continued existence of the group - which originally formed way back in 1984 - is a source of comfort and a good example of sustainable longevity.  Also like the part-time EDD, latter-day ‘whenever it’s ready’ release … [Read more...]

Gilroy Mere – The Green Line

Since gently dropping his Dollboy nom de plume as a catch-all repository for his chameleonic creativity a few years back, the Hastings-based Oliver Cherer has been no stranger to these very pages by trading with the pseudonyms of The Assistant, The Wrestler, Rhododendron and Australian Testing Labs Inc. as well as under his own name.  Whilst … [Read more...]

High The Moon – Doze

Today, music finds its way to listeners in an ever-increasing number of forms. You would think almost everyone would have got used to the idea that the internet is a place where everyone and anyone can make their presence known, in larger or smaller ways and indeed, I nowadays rarely consider the fact that I can communicate almost effortlessly with … [Read more...]

The Palace Of Light – Beginning Here & Travelling Outward (reissue)

Having delivered a no-frills yet solid reissue in 2013 of Wish I Was, the one-off 1993 album from late-‘60s/early-‘70s Elektra Record enthusiasts Mabel Joy, it was only a matter time before Spain’s Hanky Panky Records commissioned archival curation of the British group’s earlier incarnation as The Palace Of Light.  So now arrives an expanded … [Read more...]

Hajk – Hajk

"I'm gonna let you come to me," Sigrid Aase sings on Hajk's opening track. And I did. Aase's confident declarative on "Magazine" introduces this self-titled debut — a fresh, welcoming blend of indie-pop — much of which you will find irresistible. The next song, "Nothing Left To Say," features vocalist-guitarist Preben Sælid Andersen. The energy … [Read more...]

Ralegh Long – Upwards Of Summer

Despite receiving a high degree of critical acclaim from both national press and radio quarters for his debut album, the pastoral singer-songwriterly Hoverance, Ralegh Long experienced something of personal negative reaction. Worn down by the demands of 'the biz' he considered calling things a day. Upwards Of Summer is, then, an album that nearly … [Read more...]

Richard Thompson – Acoustic Classics II

Whilst it was somewhat predictable that 2014’s Acoustic Classics would become than more a between-proper-albums stock-taking exercise for Richard Thompson, it seemed less likely that it would spawn a sequel set, let alone two, especially for someone still so prolific as a songwriter.  Yet here comes Acoustic Classics II, just ahead of the … [Read more...]

Reason Stendec – Impulsion EP

Whilst his main latter-day musical ensemble - the analogue-electronica evangelising Metamono - appears to be on hiatus, Jono Podmore (also of Kumo and Cyclopean) still has a few newer projects on the boil to keep himself from being idle.  Alongside campaigning to publish a biography-meets-drumming-theory-manual to honour the late great Can drummer … [Read more...]