Wednesday, 15 August 2018

#706: Foxing - Nearer My God

Taking its name from an 18th century hymn, and the song that was allegedly played as the Titanic sunk, Nearer My God is the third album from St Louis four-piece Foxing, and, much like its name suggests, is a record that wrestles with concepts such as religion, as well as politics, mental health and the mounting sense of cynical indifference that seems to be proliferating currently.

#705: Deaf Havana - Rituals

Despite coming quickly off the back of last year’s ‘All These Countless Nights’, ‘Rituals’ shares little similarity with its predecessor. Instead, it forgoes the Springsteen stylings of Deaf Havana’s last two releases, and relishes in pop pomp.

Monday, 23 July 2018

#704: Protoje - A Matter of Time

Growing up white and relatively middle-class, reggae for this writer used to be synonymous with high school, with skived PE lessons and of course, the smell of spilled bong water. And as such, while the politics of bands such as Black Uhuru and Burning Spear have always been present, it’s difficult for such things to resonate when you’re hearing it through someone’s phone speaker and a fug of Lemon Haze.

#703: Punch Brothers - All Ashore

All Ashore, the fifth album from Brooklyn’s Punch Brothers, is a difficult one to pin down. One part forward-thinking and avant-garde, the other steeped in the traditional sounds of their home country, it’s a record both open and expansive, while feeling understated and harbouring a quiet intelligence.

#702: Skeletonwitch – Devouring Radiant Light

Having not released a record in five years, the longest such stint in their 15-year career, the sixth album from Ohio metallers Skeletonwitch arrives on a wave of anticipation. Thankfully, and despite the propensity of some tracks to hang around longer than they might need to, it lives largely up to expectations.

#701: Jon Hassell - Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume One)

It’s difficult to know where to begin as far as Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume One), is concerned. The usual place would be the beginning, moving forward chronologically as most music is intended. As far as this record is concerned however, the bottom might be a better choice.

#700: Gruff Rhys - Babelsburg

While Babelsberg, Gruff Rhys’s fifth solo record, might well have been recorded over a three day session back in early 2016, its release now, a little over two years later, feels no less salient than were it released back then.