Mikael Tariverdiev – Olga Sergeevna (reissue)

With Earth Recordings and Antique Beat having exposed non-Russian audiences to an aural goldmine via 2015’s Film Music anthology and the 2016 reissue of 1975’s The Irony Of Fate soundtrack, Mikael Tariverdiev is rightfully no longer an undiscovered curiosity to those not exposed to his works from behind the once Iron Curtain.  Yet there remains … [Read more...]

Mikael Tariverdiev – The Irony Of Fate – Original Score (reissue)

If there is comfort to be taken in these increasingly dark geopolitical times, then it’s the knowledge that even against gloomy societal backdrops great culture can still flourish as a rock for humanity to cling to.  The career of Mikael Tariverdiev is perhaps a great totem of letting light into such darkness.  Having fashioned a vast body of … [Read more...]

Earth Recordings: Bert Jansch, Judy Dyble & Tariverdiev

Since tentative beginnings at the start of 2014 with a bare-but-warm vinyl reissue of Jackson C. Frank’s eponymous 1965 LP, the London-based Earth Recordings has fast become a go-to archival enterprise with its increasingly close-to-essential spread of releases. Co-founded by Fire Records’ latter-day main-man James Nicholls, designer Alex Hornsby … [Read more...]

The Age Of Not Believing – Lantern Waste EP

Named in reference to C S Lewis’s Narnia Chronicles, this somewhat mysterious new collective, marshalled by the wide-eyed Ben Eshmade, makes its debut release with a 5-track suite that gives an impressive insight into a refreshingly intimate yet epic musical world.  Delivered by an orchestra-sized cast, capable of both up-close serenity and … [Read more...]

FAO#26: Second Language Records (Ghostwriter & Piano Magic)

As you may have read recently, through this writer’s uploaded pages on DOA, the London/Copenhagen-based Second Language label is already successfully nailing its reinvigorating manifesto on to the back door of the music industry.  Through a confluence of physical artefact celebration, fashion-avoiding attitudes, a playful sense of mystery, a … [Read more...]

Various Artists – Sing Me To Sleep: Indie Lullabies

Although the folks at American Laundromat Records haven’t entirely rehabilitated or revolutionised the world of tribute and theme-based compilations over the last few years, it is true and fair to say that the label’s core focus on such compendiums has yielded a fresher cynicism-free approach and a clutch of gem-like moments along the way.  This … [Read more...]

Artists-On-Albums: AOA#2 (The Real Tuesday Weld’s Stephen Coates on Oedipus Schmoedipus)

Stephen Coates (The Real Tuesday Weld) on... Barry Adamson’s Oedipus Schmoedipus (Mute Records, 1996) Down the road from the Royal College of Art where I studied for a couple of years, there used to be somewhere called Kensington Market.  Even then it was rather out of step with the rest of the high-end posh shops in the area - a kind of … [Read more...]