The Black Angels – Death Song

Posted by on April 20, 2017 in , ,

Realising that the slower a song is, the heavier it sounds, The Black Angels operated at a snail’s pace on their powerful, stately debut, 2006’s Passover. Since then, though, the Austin stoner rock group have sped up their songs, and imbibed furt ...Read More

father john misty – pure comedy

Posted by on April 5, 2017 in , ,

On his second album, 2015’s I Love You, Honeybear, Josh Tillman paired grand, kitchen-sink productions with microscopically intimate portraits of a new relationship. Now, however, FJM’s third album reverses the focus, investigating humanity, civi ...Read More

rhiannon giddens – freedom highway

Posted by on February 24, 2017 in , ,

“There is just one thing I can’t understand, my friend/Why some folk think freedom was not designed for all men,” sings Rhiannon Giddens on the closing title track of her second solo album. It’s a cover of The Staple Singers’ Freedom Highwa ...Read More

tinariwen – elwan

Posted by on February 8, 2017 in , ,

While many Western musicians are just coming to terms with the need to create protest music, Tuareg veterans Tinariwen have spent almost 40 years railing against assorted regimes and insurgents in the sub-Saharan region. After participating in variou ...Read More

elbow – little fictions

Posted by on February 2, 2017 in , ,

Elbow’s seventh album is their first without founding member Richard Jupp on drums – and ironically, it’s a record that’s most centred on rhythm. Without Jupp’s subtle, organic style, the remaining quartet of Guy Garvey, Pete Turner, and Ma ...Read More