The story of how failed flirting and a copied cassette led me to fall in love with Low, and how their album ‘Double Negative’ made that love stronger than ever. Continue reading Low – Double Negative
On Kermes, their wonderful album ‘We Choose Pretty Names’, and the gifts of youth and empathy that the best music brings Continue reading Kermes – We Choose Pretty Names
On how The Breeders blew my teenage mind, introduced me to my wife, and made one of the best albums of 2018 Continue reading All Nerve – 25 Years In Love with The Breeders
2016 may not have been a great year (well let’s be honest, it was absolutely terrible), but there were plenty of great albums released. My ten favourites are listed below, but I’d also like to give shout outs to David Bowie, Cate Le Bon, Colin Stetson, Cross Record, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, Anna Meredith, The Julie Ruin, Frankie Cosmos, Factory Floor, Mitski, Xam Duo, Diiv & Danny Brown who all released wonderful records this year but didn’t quite make the list
10. Lisa Hannigan – At Swim
Lisa Hannigan’s first two albums were also excellent, but At Swim represents a new artistic peak for the Irish singer-songwriter. Her voice is as gorgeous as ever, but there is a new subtlety and depth to her songwriting, with songs managing to deliver immediate melodic hits yet still reveal new pleasures on each listen. The production from The National’s Aaron Dessner is also excellent, never do the arrangements overshadow the songs themselves, but the album is not afraid to step away from a standard folky palette to incorporate sounds from other genres (as in the electronica-influenced Undertow). An excellent album from an underappreciated artist.
I’ve never been that close to the music of Nick Cave in the past. It may partly to do with my first exposure to his music being his duet with Kylie Minogue from his ‘Murder Ballads’ album, which is perhaps not the perfect place to begin. My next exposure to his work came with Mark and Lard’s parodies of two his songs on their Radio … Continue reading Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree