You are here

CD Reviews

Richard Thompson - Acoustic Rarities (Beeswing Records)

Released ahead of his Autumn tour, Richard Thompson revisits some of the more obscure songs from his back catalogue. We really have to go back to 1976 for his very first career retrospective, the Island double set GUITAR/VOCAL, which saw the release of a collection of live recordings, studio...

Bob Leslie - Land and Sea (Big Red Records)

"Salt wind stings my eyes blowing up from the sea" so Bob Leslie sings on Orkneyjar, one of the highlights from his latest record LAND AND SEA, an album that captures the mists and winds of the Scottish land and seascapes via twelve original songs from this fine singer songwriter. Each song...

Ifriqiyya Electrique - Rûwâhîne (Glitterbeat)

The soundscapes that Ifriqiyya Electrique present on RÛWÂHÎNE move uncompromisingly between haunting, unsettling, hypnotic and euphoric, each track refusing to let go of its listener as it flickers ominously in and out of darkness. This debut release from the Tunisian Sufi outfit mixes elements of...

Jen Cloher - Jen Cloher (Look Out Kid)

The lyric "those who can, they do, those who can't, review" didn't go unnoticed by this journalistic pretender as the Melbourne-based singer songwriter Jen Cloher made clear her stance on the state of the music scene in Shoegazers , one of the ten songs on this her eponymous fourth album. There's a...

Abatwa (The Pygmy) - Why Did We Stop Growing Tall (Glitterbeat)

The Abatwa 'pygmy' tribe is identified as one of the most marginalised, voiceless and endangered populations in Africa. This album, the forth volume of Glitterbeat's acclaimed Hidden Musics series, follows volumes bringing together, 'Hanoi Masters', 'Khmer Rouge Survivors' and 'Every Song Has Its...

Tami Neilson - Don't Be Afraid (Self Release)

Two of the most arresting albums to pass through my hands in the last few years, this album and Aldous Harding's debut have had one interesting thing in common. Musically, while having a certain sonic charge and eerie late night 'hairs on the back of the neck' atmosphere in common they both inhabit...

Tom Russell - Folk Hotel (Proper)

Criminologist, Teacher in 70s civil war beset Nigeria, Taxi Driver, Songwriter, Musician, Artist and crucially, early architect of the genre we now call Americana, Tom Russell inhabits a musical world that he helped create. From Russell’s own distinctive painting on the album cover, part bleak...

Satuo - Earned (Self Release)

Vienna-based band Satuo release their third album EARNED, which combines the five-piece band's Austrian, Italian and Finnish musical roots with a dozen easily accessible songs, each imbued with a distinct folk/pop sensibility, whilst at the same time borrowing from French and American influences...

Madam Tsunami - Long Way From Home (Self Release)

The graceful, fiddle-led instrumental that opens LONG WAY FROM HOME might well suggest an album of gentle, airy folk tunes. However, what follows this arresting intro is a collection of foot-tapping songs, infectious melodies and compelling lyrical inventions. Led by Aberdeen-based Kiwi musicians...

Pages