Exclusive: Mary Epworth, Dream Life

Originally published: The Independent, 12 June Having made her name following a Sandy Denny tribute concert in 2008, Mary Epworth spent four years revitalising the kind of psychedelic pop singer the late 60s created so well. The resulting feral stomp of ‘Black Doe’ was play-listed at 6 Music and Radio 2 and introduced a fiery … Continue reading

This week’s best album streams March 13, 2012

Originally published on The 405, March 13, 2012 “Just be nice.” Even in 1995 Dave Grohl was staking his claim to the nicest frontman in rock, as he appealed to the 20,000 crowd in a 10,000 capacity tent at Reading Festival. I was there, at the front barriers, for what is the best and scariest … Continue reading

Yeti Lane – The Echo Show: Album review

Originally published: The Line Of Best Fit, March 6, 2012 Psychedelic rock. Two words which strike fear in the heart of anyone with a punk mentality. Spinning synthesisers, mega organs, and five hour light shows which make orphaned polar bears cry should be kept indefinitely rendered in the BBC vaults– only allowed out for the … Continue reading

This Week’s Best Album Streams: March 6, 2012

Originally published: The 405, March 6, 2012 So Johnny Marr said he’ll reform The Smiths if the government quit. Well that’s just what we need, more nostalgia acts. But just because something’s old doesn’t mean they’re past it; take this week’s other big news, Engelbert Humperdinck flying the Eurovision flag for Blighty – at least … Continue reading

The Week’s Best Album Streams 28-2-12

Originally published: The 405 February 28, 2012 Last week the Brit Awards were unavoidable whether it was a diva’s middle finger or Ron Weasley trying to be Bono. But while I nursed a hangover from the ceremony’s free wine, people were out buying Adele’s album, again – a 37per cent increase! More fool them because … Continue reading

SoKo – I Thought I Was An Alien: Album Review

Originally Published: The Line Of Best Fit Februay, 24, 2012 There’s always a risk with movie stars breaking into music, as with any crossover; talent in one art from doesn’t dictate an excellence in all disciplines. Keanu Reeves’ embarrassing band Dogstar comes to mind (actually Reeves’ entire career does too – except Wyld Stallyns who … Continue reading

NZCA/Lines – NZCA/Line: Album Review

Originally published: The Line of Best Fit February 23, 2012 ….The album’s highlight is ‘Moonlit Car Chase’, a disturbing love soul-ballad which is Scritti Politti singing Sade watched by Orwelian cowbells, which occasionally breaks into a driving Duran Duran beat.  Its cleansed ’80s minimalism is sinisterly reminiscent of the film American Psycho, with its slick … Continue reading

This week’s best album streams 21-2-12

Originally published: The 405 21 February The biggest stream of the week was undoubtedly Whitney Houston’s funeral. Who couldn’t resist watching Kevin Costner and Bobby Brown break down (or storm out) – or even Chris Cornell plugging his solo tour with a TV rendition of ‘I Will Always Love You’? Well I could. So instead … Continue reading

This week’s best album streams 14-2-12

The internets were undoubtedly made for pictures of cats or Ross Kemp folded, everything else is an accident, but a spectacular side effect of kitten-falling- off-a-shed gifs has been the album stream. This new weekly column will round up the best of the album streams out there. Music sites from across the globe are securing … Continue reading

Barry Adamson – I Will Set You Free: album review

Legends always need a companion to support their id. Whether it’s Don Quixote’s Sancho Panza or Sherlock’s Dr Watson, our heroes of folklore need a trusted squire to fulfil their destinies. So it is with pop music; its revered stars gaining critical acclaim and getting name-dropped with aplomb while vying for an ATP curatorship, but rarely … Continue reading