Last Harbour – Your Heart, It Carries The Sound

Having found a renewed sense of intimacy and focus on 2011’s impressive low-key Lights mini-album, this new Last Harbour long-player comes with a greater sense anticipation than 2010’s Volo prequel.  And although Lights came more consciously bound in a stand-alone and simplified approach, there is certainly a sense of continuity on Your Heart, It … [Read more...]

The National @ Bristol O2 Academy, 24 Nov 2010

After the slow burning cult-to-the-cusp success of 2005’s Alligator and 2007’s Boxer, when it came to this year’s High Violet, the plaudits appeared to be overly-predetermined by The National’s prior growing reputation.  To these - almost certainly minority opinion – ears the album captured the quintet in a tacit state of unresolved artistic flux.  … [Read more...]

Piano Magic – Ovations

With Glen Johnson increasingly and rewardingly immersed in his new solo career through this year’s sublime Details Not Recorded album and the cherishable cassette-only Institutionalized EP, his electronically-slanted Textile Ranch experimentations and his must-read Anything But Silence blog, it’s perhaps no surprise that he’s taken so long to lead … [Read more...]

At Swim Two Birds – Before You Left

It’s somewhat of a double-edged sword for anyone brave enough to be romantically entangled with Roger Quigley (who trades solo as At Swim Two Birds and also under a band umbrella as one of The Montgolfier Brothers).  On the one hand, a Quigley relationship is pre-destined to end in an emotional cataclysm, to be deconstructed in painful detail just … [Read more...]