Artists On Albums: AOA#52 (The Home Current’s Martin Jensen on To Each)

Martin Jensen (The Home Current) on… A Certain Ratio’s To Each (Factory Records, 1981) I don't think I will ever fully comprehend why A Certain Ratio's first official album, To Each, has always been written off as somewhat mediocre. At the time of its release in 1981, it enjoyed a lukewarm reception at best and it was generally brushed … [Read more...]

Kristina Pulejkova & Glen Johnson – My Heart Has Run Out Of Breath

Having hidden out of earshot for most of 2015, the mercurial Glen Johnson seems set to have a far more audible presence over the coming twelve or so months. With one - supposedly at least - final encore-like long-player heading-up Piano Magic on the forward schedule alongside a cluster of still secrecy-shrouded solo and/or collaborative releases, … [Read more...]

Glen Johnson – Same Sex

Although there was a certain degree of sadness attached to the dissolution of Piano Magic - informally announced around the release of last summer’s excellent Heart Machinery rarities anthology - the knowledge that many of the main group members would carry on with other projects has been both reassuring and tantalising.  Hence, co-singer Angèle … [Read more...]

Oliver Cherer – Sir Ollife Leigh & Other Ghosts

During his esoteric journey under the Dollboy alias over the last decade or so, Oliver Cherer has certainly covered a lot of artistic ground through exploring skewed folktronica (2009’s Beard Of Bees), ambient conceptualism (2010’s acclaimed Ghost Stations and this year's Tuning Loops), lopsided folk-pop (2012’s Further Excursions Into The Ulu With … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#36 (Ghostwriter’s Mark Brend on American Gothic)

Ghostwriter’s Mark Brend on… David Ackles’ American Gothic (Elektra, 1972) I’ve been listening to David Ackles for 27 years now, and for most of that time his third album American Gothic, was one I admired more than liked. Recently that’s changed, but for years if I wanted to listen to Ackles, which I often did, I’d generally turn to his … [Read more...]

Directorsound – I Hunt Alone

The Bournemouth-born and Bristol-based Nicholas Palmer certainly isn’t one to rush out albums under his Directorsound alias, given that this first release on Second Language is only the third 'official' long-player in the space of ten years.  Yet he’s certainly not been idle in-between times given that his key role in The A. Lords (both as a … [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...]