Belle & Sebastian – Write About Love

Arriving belatedly and slothfully after 2006’s The Life Pursuit, critiquing clichés have so far claimed that this new Belle & Sebastian LP is somewhat of a ‘rejuvenated’ or ‘re-energised’ affair.  But that’s not really the case. Given that The Life Pursuit and its own 2002 prequel, Dear Catastrophe Waitress, were truer rebirths after the … [Read more...]

Basia Bulat – Heart of My Own

Canadian singer/songwriter Basia Bulat created something of a stir within the folk community when her 2007 album, Oh, My Darling, dropped to considerable acclaim. Equipped with an emotive voice and some dazzling capabilities on the autoharp, the tender intimacy of Bulat’s debut helped her to garnered not only a record deal with Britain’s Rough … [Read more...]

Monsters Of Folk – self-titled

For this ‘super-group’ collaboration between M. Ward, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes/Mystic Valley Band) and Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes/Lullaby For The Working Class/producer for hire) the comparisons with ‘70s Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young have been lazily and too quickly applied.  For whilst there are telekinetic group … [Read more...]

Goodnight And I Wish – A Ruffled Mind Makes A Restless Pillow

Every now and again along comes a band, often with their first or most important album in tow, which somehow manage to invent either their own or an entirely new musical category, perhaps even genre. Massive Attacks Blue Lines gave Triphop to the world. "Tweepop" possibly sprang from the music of  The Cocteau Twins and definitely from that of The … [Read more...]

Flipsides & Otherwise: FAO #18

Sometimes it's a wonder the music world hasn't just collapsed back on itself, upon reaching a critical mass of self-regurgitation.  Miraculously though, the capacity of long-serving artists to periodically reinvent and regenerate has helped to shuffle around the rock/pop planet's furniture into seemingly infinite feng shui combinations to avoid a … [Read more...]

Flipsides & Otherwise: FAO #3

With the musical format wars raging ferociously between bands, fans, record labels and the Internet, it seems like all curious forms of physical artefacts are sticking their heads gingerly but defiantly above the parapets. With this latest FAO instalment, we look at three attempts to bravely resuscitate the undervalued and ego-less ‘split-single’. … [Read more...]