Artists On Albums: AOA#44 (Dean McPhee on In A Silent Way)

Dean McPhee on…. Miles Davis’s In A Silent Way (Columbia, 1969) My first introduction to Miles Davis was when a friend put Bitches Brew on my car stereo back in the late-‘90s while we were all parked up a hill in the middle of nowhere. It was copied onto a battered old tape and was slightly warped, which made it sound even weirder, further … [Read more...]

littlebow – The Edge Blown Aerophone

Whilst this new duo-led collaboration between Keiron Phelan (State River Widening, Phelan Sheppard, Smile Down Upon Us) and Katie English (Isnaj Dui, The Owl Service) holds an ostensibly restrictive and conceptual remit akin to other releases on the Second Language label, it’s far from being an insular or uninviting partnership.  Largely focused on … [Read more...]

FAO#24: Robert A.A. Lowe & Rose Lazar, Scout Niblett & Tindersticks

Intimacy is a trait that comes in many different forms in musical realms.  Although it too often simply conjures up images of one person and an acoustic guitar, spooling themselves into lo-tech kit or sitting solitarily on a small club stage, intimacy is more about feeling and delivery than pure environmental settings.  It can find itself presented … [Read more...]

Chicago Underground Duo – Boca Negra

Although Thrill Jockey’s roster has been radically reshuffled and expanded of late to suck in and publish the wares of a newer promising generation of artistic adventurers - such as High Places, Mountains, The Fiery Furnaces and Thank You - it still falls to the remaining incumbent old-guard signees to sustain the freewheeling character of the … [Read more...]

Tortoise (Doug McCombs interview and albums guide)

Despite nearly two decades of activity, Chicago's Tortoise continue to sustain an awkward yet alluring sense of mystery.  Consequently, for many it has become all too easy to define Tortoise by well-merged collective influences (Miles Davis, Can, Kraftwerk, Neu!, John Fahey, Ennio Morricone, Gang Of Four, Augustus Pablo, Brian Eno, Tom Verlaine, … [Read more...]