Aoife Nessa Frances – Land Of No Junction

Aoife Nessa Frances – Land Of No Junction

In the words of Irish singer-songwriter Aoife Nessa Frances, her debut album explores a “dark vast landscape” of “liminal space”, an imagined place where she would “sit with uncertainty and accept it”. In practical terms, that means an album of woozy psych-folk that initially seems curiously out of focus, almost as if taking a cue from the title, LP co-producer/musical collaborator Cian Nugent’s childhood mishearing … Continue reading Aoife Nessa Frances – Land Of No Junction

Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock on his Top Ten Vinyl

The erstwhile Sex Pistols bassist and Rich Kids frontman is currently on tour in support of his solo record, Good To Go. He shares 10 of his favourite albums with Dave Steinfeld… Faces – A Nod Is As Good As A Wink… To A Blind Horse “It’s got Stay With Me on it and it opens with Miss Judy’s Farm, which is one of the best … Continue reading Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock on his Top Ten Vinyl

Tame Impala – “I wanted to buy lasers…”

The majestic new Tame Impala album The Slow Rush sees Kevin Parker absorbing sounds and production techniques from everything available to him. Despite becoming a festival headliner, he tells John Earls he still isn’t fully happy with what he’s achieved in the past decade… When Kevin Parker began planning the shows for Tame Impala’s new album, The Slow Rush, he looked into the cost of … Continue reading Tame Impala – “I wanted to buy lasers…”

Gregory Porter – All Rise

Gregory Porter has one of those voices which, as the cliché goes, could sing the telephone directory. Although 2017’s Nat King Cole & Me wasn’t exactly reaching for the Yellow Pages, it didn’t hit quite the same spot as his two previous self-penned mega-sellers Liquid Spirit and Take Me To The Alley. Fortunately for fans of his songwriting, All Rise is back to business, but … Continue reading Gregory Porter – All Rise

The Lovely Eggs’ on their Top Ten Vinyl

With their new album, I Am Moron, due out in April, the two-piece psych-punk band’s singer Holly Ross picks out 10 records she simply couldn’t live without… The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – A Child’s Guide To Good and Evil “TWCPAEB are one of our all-time favourite bands. They’ve just got that great blend of amazing songs and proper full-on madness! And what … Continue reading The Lovely Eggs’ on their Top Ten Vinyl

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Drummer Jody Stephens lifts the lid on Big Star

Despite a stellar back catalogue, Big Star will always be one of music’s great what-if stories. Huw Baines talks to band member Jody Stephens about what might have been. “Basically, in the mid-1970s, the only people on the planet who knew Big Star were rock critics and record store clerks,” R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, one of the countless musicians to take influence from Big Star after the fact once said… Continue reading Drummer Jody Stephens lifts the lid on Big Star

Horse Lords – The Common Task

Horse Lords – The Common Task

On paper, Baltimore’s Horse Lords sound more interesting than they do appealing. Like worthy but not fun math-rockers. On this third album, they employ algorithmic composition techniques and knotty time signatures, fired up by the radical socialist theories explored in Chile prior to General Pinochet’s coup d’état. On record, Horse Lords run wild and free. Heavy microtonal riffs ring out over galloping polyrhythms and a … Continue reading Horse Lords – The Common Task

The Monochrome Set reissue

The Monochrome Set – Love Zombies

The Monochrome Set were a breed apart from the other outfits in the UK post-punk scene they grew out of. For starters, they were nowhere near austere or gloomy enough; if anything, they seemed to be having fun. Released in February 1980, debut Strange Boutique established many of the band’s signature motifs right off the bat. The groovy 60s sound, the snappy hooks and the … Continue reading The Monochrome Set – Love Zombies

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Simon Raymonde on… Midlake Return

The Bella Union boss recounts the story of how the back-in-the-studio Texans, Midlake, became a valued and best-selling member of his label’s family… Releasing four albums in 16 years might seem a little… well leisurely, compared to say the Ramones, who released (wait for it…) six albums in their first THREE years, or even Talking Heads, who put out four of the greatest albums of … Continue reading Simon Raymonde on… Midlake Return