sat 27/02/2021

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Jane Weaver - Flock

Kieron Tyler

Flock ends with “Solarised”, a glorious five-plus minutes excursion into retro-futurist pop with the artistic smarts of Saint Etienne and Stereolab. Snappy, toe-tapping drums and bubbly, funky bass guitar move it along. “Stages of Phases” is another winner. Built around a stomping glam-rock chassis, it's sense of otherness is shared by “Solarised”.

Album: Blanck Mass - In Furneaux

Mark Kidel

John Benjamin Power (formerly half of Fuck Buttons) opens his new opus with glittering synth arpeggios – reminiscent of the Seventies electronica of Tangerine Dream, Manuel Gottsching or Steve Hillage: cosmic dance floor bliss that just keeps coming.

Album: Alice Cooper - Detroit Stories

Thomas H Green

A decade ago, Alice Cooper reconnected with his roots. He created a sequel to his 1975 album Welcome to my Nightmare with Bob Ezrin, the producer...

Album: Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains -...

Kieron Tyler

Frànçois Marry’s sixth album as Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains evokes warm days spent lounging in fields of clover reflecting on friendship,...

Blu-ray: The Ascent

Tom Birchenough

There’s a striking interview among the extras for this Criterion edition of Russian director Larisa Shepitko’s fourth and final feature. The director...

Album: Willie Nelson - That's Life

Liz Thomson

Willie Nelson takes another dip into the great American songbook

Blu-ray: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Graham Rickson

Wes Anderson's tragi-comic European epic returns

Album: Maxïmo Park – Nature Always Wins

Kathryn Reilly

Less political and more introspective: the arty Geordies two decades in

Album: Ghetts - Conflict of Interest

Nick Hasted

Mature redemption songs from a grime master

Album: Mathieu Boogaerts - En Anglais

Tim Cumming

The spirit of Chanson comes to south London

Album: Mogwai - As the Love Continues

Joe Muggs

The Glasgow guitar noise veterans crash into indie Valhalla

DVD/Blu-ray: Mogul Mowgli

Saskia Baron

A powerful performance reminiscent of the young De Niro marks out this quasi-autobiographical tale

Blu-ray: The Last Warning

Graham Fuller

Paul Leni's backstage murder farce is a magicianly tour de force

Album: Tindersticks - Distractions

Guy Oddy

The Midlands’ perpetually disappointed romantics go minimalist

Album: Sia - Music

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Pop star's movie tie-in misses the mark

Album: The Pretty Reckless - Death By Rock And Roll

Russ Coffey

The New York quartet's latest is bewitching and raw, if not entirely original

Album: slowthai - TYRON

Harry Thorfinn-George

Midlands MC musters juicy moments on hit'n'miss second album

Blu-ray: Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

Daniel Baksi

Elio Petri's political foray into the Italian absurd

Album: Django Django - Glowing in the Dark

Joe Muggs

A much needed ray of fluorescing festival fun from the indietronic troupers

DVD/Blu-ray: Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story

Nick Hasted

Scorsese and Dylan's smoke and mirrors can't obscure an exhilarating tour

Album: Paul Leary - Born Stupid

Guy Oddy

Butthole Surfer keeps the freak flag flying high

Album: Foo Fighters - Medicine at Midnight

Nick Hasted

Anthems for an imaginary festival

Album: The Staves - Good Woman

Liz Thomson

The Staveley-Taylors kick over the traces

Album: John Carpenter - Lost Themes III: Alive After Death

Guy Oddy

The film director and soundtrack composer releases his first solo album in five years

DVD/Blu-ray: The Masque of the Red Death

Graham Fuller

Horror is a many-splendoured thing in Roger Corman's 1964 film of Poe's tale

Album: Elephant9 - Arrival Of The New Elders

Kieron Tyler

Norway’s jazz-prog luminaries take their feet off the accelerator pedal

Album: Femi Kuti and Made Kuti - Legacy+

Mark Kidel

Scions of Afro-Beat dynasty deliver the old and new

Album: The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are The Last Of The Great Thunderstorm Warnings

Kieron Tyler

The Canadian art-rockers consider the cycle of life and death

Album: Goat Girl - On All Fours

Guy Oddy

South London hipsters meander through 2021’s big issues

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