Greater Lengths – An All Saints Compilation

Founded in either 1991 or 1992 depending on which website you think the more accurate, All Saints records began life as an outlet for some of the lesser known works of Brian Eno, who was soon joined on the label by artistes as influential and actually revered as Roedelius, Djivan Gasparyan, Harold Budd and John Cale, and I would like to tell you … [Read more...]

Bardo Pond – Looking For Another Place

Whilst it increasingly feels that Record Store Day is being used by bigger labels to eat the hand that feeds - i.e. physical music buyers and independent music retailers - through excessive amounts of exploitative releases at high prices, amongst the hundreds of records crammed into this year’s output there are still things worth fighting for.  … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#40 (Chris Eckman on My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts)

Chris Eckman (The Walkabouts & Dirtmusic) on… Brian Eno & David Byrne’s My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (Sire, 1981) As an echo of Brian Eno’s love of random gestures and creative accidents, I close my eyes and open my dog-eared copy of Nigerian author Amos Tutola’s 1950s novel My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts and press my finger to the … [Read more...]

The Cloisters – self-titled

Whilst it be would somewhat reductive to say that the Second Language label has an overarching sound - especially given the diversity of its affiliated artists - it could be fair to say that a fair proportion of its cast of characters subscribe to a shared sense of mood.  No better was this exemplified than on the label’s recent End Of A Season … [Read more...]

Snow Palms – Intervals

It feels like it’s been just a little too long since we last had an album featuring the multi-talented David Sheppard leading or co-leading the way.  If this writer’s memory is correct then the last time Sheppard jointly-headed-up a long-player officially was back in 2008 as one third of Smile Down Upon Us (a pan-global collaboration between … [Read more...]

Yann Tiersen – “Another Shore”

French musician Yann Tiersons'  music was introduced to a vast majority of the world via the 2001 film, Amelie. His seventh studio album, Skyline was released on April 17th through Anti Records. Track one is "Another Shore". The dynamics within this opening track range from quiet to loud and the overall emotional journey is … [Read more...]

Tarwater – Inside The Ships

Although it can be wrong to lump together and describe a music scene from one nation, particularly when its artists might be spread across several cities, record labels and generations, sometimes when collective traits are highlighted in a positive light it can be considered acceptable. In terms of the German electronic and experimental fraternity, … [Read more...]

Rick Rizzo & Tara Key – Double Star / Eleventh Dream Day – Riot Now!

With its sheer volume of releases and increasingly vinyl-centric tilt, it’s arguable that the current workings of Chicago’s pioneering Thrill Jockey label are straining fans’ finances as well as running the risk of over-supply and quality-control lapses. No such concerns can, however, be raised when a less-prolific elder statesman on the books … [Read more...]

Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean

Although the pace has been piecemeal over nearly a decade, Sam Beam certainly can’t be faulted for the stylistic progression and artistic reach he has extended for Iron & Wine since 2002’s lovely The Creek Drank The Cradle debut.  It could have been all too easy for Beam to have continually mined that said first album’s lo-fi co-joining of Nick … [Read more...]

FAO#27 (Brave Timbers & Amiina)

The language of musical analysis is rife with clichés, contradictions and confusion.  Whilst it’s often claimed that a ‘less is more’ approach bears some of the greatest fruit, the hypothesis comes unglued when thinking of the layered and laboured-over studio triumphs of The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Miles Davis, Serge Gainsbourg and many others.  … [Read more...]