March 2014

News Tomas Barford – True to You Share The melancholy tones of Gruff Rhys and the precise electronica of Tomas Barfod make for ideal companions in this Record Store Day release, out later this month on Secretly … >>
News Record Store Day 2014 A selection of tracks that will be available on Record Store Day this year: 19/04/2014 >>
Tracks Big Star – Take Care Share As the members of Big Star fought and scratched at each others mental fragility, occasionally stooping to deliberately sabotage recording sessions for their third and final album Third/Sister Lovers, … >>
New music Metronomy – Reservoir Reservoir is so simple, yet so perfect. Why spend your time or money on elaboration when you can construct pop out of a simple keyboard melody and a not terribly intricate drum programme? >>
Tracks The Waterboys – Mad as the Mist and Snow Share William Butler Yeats has long been an influence on the song-writing of Mike Scott of The Waterboys, but only an occasional trickle of tracks had directly come from adaptations … >>
Tracks Micah P. Hinson – I Keep Havin’ These Dreams Share It starts about 30 seconds in: after a simple picked guitar intro, a single mournful violin speaks of loneliness. Friends appear: a quartet is formed; together they weave a … >>
Tracks Ryan Adams – Rocks Share After the slightest dip in form, some artists appear doomed to suffer their every release being described as "a return to form". With each new album, amnesiac journalists will … >>
Mr The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out According to the brilliant Nick Kent There Is A Light That Never Goes Out "suffers from an arrangement that utilises synthesised strings and the like, which simply detracts from the thrust of the performance, making it sound camp". Harsh, you have to say. >>
News Fanfarlo – Cell Song Unperturbed by my continuing failure to review their (spoiler alert!) wonderful Let's Go Extinct, Fanfarlo have pressed on manfully, releasing another video from the album, this time for Cell Song. >>
News Mumm-Ra – Lizzy Lu Share When I wrote about Mumm-Ra's fabulous track She's Got You High last summer I mentioned that the band were recording again, having split up after releasing just a single … >>
Tracks The Wonder Stuff – Golden Green Share I sometimes feel that the "90s gets a bad rap, with its whole 'decade that fashion forgot" tag. And then I watch a video like this (yes I know … >>
Tracks Yann Tiersen – A Midsummer Evening Share It's always exciting to hear of something new from the talented Yann Tiersen. Here, on the first track from forthcoming album ∞ (Infinity), the man of many instruments and … >>