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

The Lovely Eggs – This is Eggland

No yolk: Lancaster-based husband-and-wife duo the Lovely Eggs are on cracking form for their fifth album, employing renowned Flaming Lips and Mogwai producer Dave Fridmann to add substance to their endearingly ramshackle sound. The lurid cover art by underground artist Casey Raymond offers a clue to the brash content within, all fat, punk guitar-riffs, trilling… Continue reading The Lovely Eggs – This is Eggland

Poppy Ackroyd – Resolve

Amble through the ambient: Poppy Ackroyd is a ‘post classical’ musician and Resolve an album of avant-garde instrumentals, mostly favouring repeating piano phrases, or variations on such that feature unusual percussive techniques involving paper or wine glasses. As is to be expected from a work closer to art than pop, the tracks come with their own explanations: Trains for… Continue reading Poppy Ackroyd – Resolve