Nothing is Happening Number One – There is a Mag-Lite that Never Goes Out

January 2018   The final major work of Hull’s year as City of Culture had been an epic light installation called WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? It involved monstrous spotlights – the machines themselves like robot aliens hunched in the streets – which each night would shine on the architectural icons of the city… Continue reading Nothing is Happening Number One – There is a Mag-Lite that Never Goes Out

Johnny Cash – Forever Words

Talking the Lines: Forever Words follows in the footsteps of similar albums dedicated to Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie by taking a handful of Johnny Cash’s unrecorded lyrics and challenging various artists to turn them into completed songs. Although there’s an inevitable slant towards Country and Bluegrass numbers, the most notable tracks take the material… Continue reading Johnny Cash – Forever Words

Hinds – I Don’t Run

Child's Play: There’s a lot of youthful exuberance to Madrid four-piece Hinds’ chaotic second album. Every song is packed with spindly riffs and shouty vocals that recalls the snotty early records of Weezer and the Strokes. Unlike those obvious influences, however, there’s a cheerful innocence to the songs. Although grungy anthem Tester touches on the… Continue reading Hinds – I Don’t Run

George Ezra – Staying at Tamara’s

Lacking one good reason: George Ezra’s Budapest, the single that broke the Hertfordshire singer-songwriter in 2014, has already achieved the status of a classic, but perhaps overly worried about becoming a one-hit wonder he seems keen to distance himself from that song’s downbeat charms. Instead, Staying at Tamara's is clearly intended as a party starter,… Continue reading George Ezra – Staying at Tamara’s

Anna von Hausswolff – Dead Magic

Dreams of Dark and Troubling Things: Dead Magic, the fourth album by Swedish experimentalist Anna von Hausswolff, comes in at 47 minutes but comprises only five tracks. It was, according to the press release, recorded mainly on the 20th Century organ at Copenhagen’s Marmorkirken, one of the largest churches in Scandinavia. However, this shouldn’t put you… Continue reading Anna von Hausswolff – Dead Magic